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Allott, Peter and Dorothy

Peter Allott - proprietor of Harrison & Allott, electro-platers of Halifax.

Alan Brotherton-Ratcliffe Alan Brotherton-Ratcliffe
Southern Rhodesia, 1945

Brotherton-Ratcliffe, Alan

Alan Brotherton-Ratcliffe, 6th child of Edward Brotherton-Ratcliffe and Germaine 'tHoen, b. 29 Aug 1922.
Attended Harrow School with the Holdsworth brothers since 1935.2-1940.1 (Hills & Saunders ref. 27989.)
Godfather to Ingrid Rona Holdsworth.

Alan Brotherton-Ratcliffe
Alan Brotherton-Ratcliffe
Southern Rhodesia, 1945
Alan Brotherton-Ratcliffe
Alan Brotherton-Ratcliffe
Denmark, ca 1950
Alan Brotherton-Ratcliffe
Alan Brotherton-Ratcliffe
Struer, Denmark, 1954

Bryceson, Derek

Derek Bryceson, son of Mrs. Norma Bryceson, and brother of Michael Bryceson and Peter Bryceson.

Mr. Derek Noel Maclean Bryceson [1923-1978] a former fighter pilot came to Tanganyika from Kenya in 1952.
A future Minister of the Independent Government of Tanzania, Derek was Educated at Trinity College Cambridge, and partially paralyzed in his legs through damage to his nervous system at the base of his spine, where he was wounded while on an operational flight in the R.A.F. He was told he would never walk again, but with sheer determination and guts, Derek got himself out of a wheel chair on to crutches, and thereafter with a walking stick managed to be extremely mobile.
Married Jane Goodall. Derek was an MP and Minister of Agriculture, and Director of National Parks; formerly Minister for Health and Labour, Asst. Minister for Social Services (1957) and Minister for Mines and Commerce (1959).

Bryceson, Michael

Michael Bryceson. Godfather to Ingrid Rona Holdsworth.
Son of Mrs. Norma Bryceson, and brother of Derek Bryceson and Peter Bryceson.
The Bryceson family resided at 40 Earls Court Square, London.

Bryceson, Peter

Peter Bryceson, brother of Michael Bryceson and Derek Bryceson.
Sons of Mrs. Norma Bryceson.
The Bryceson family resided at 40 Earls Court Square, London.
Peter served in the Black Watch, and brought his piper, Porteus, when staying at Scargill House, Kettlewell
in 1954.

Lord John Cholmondeley Lord John Cholmondeley
ca 1940

Cholmondeley, John; Lord

Lord John Cholmondeley was a good friend whilst both at Cambridge University, of Michael Holdsworth. [1921-1942]
Subsequently in 1947 Lord Cholmondeley became godfather to Bill Holdsworth's son, John Michael Holdsworth.

Lord John Cholmondeley
Lord John Cholmondeley, 1947
Lord John Cholmondeley
Lord John Cholmondeley, 1947

Richard Coughlan Kirsten Holdsworth, Richard Coughlan, David Holdsworth
at Bellinter Park, Navan, Eire, 1959

Coughlan, Richard

Richard Coughlan, schoolfriend of J Michael Holdsworth.
Stayed at Bellinter, and whilst serving in the RAF, at Halifax and joined the Holdsworth family in holidays abroad.

Miss Nan Cutliffe-Hyne, Michael Holdsworth Miss Nan Cutliffe Hyne, Michael Holdsworth
Kettlewell ca. 1937

Cutliffe Hyne, Nan (Nancy)

Nan Cutliffe Hyne of Kettlewell.
1902 - 1999
Miss Nan Cutliffe Hyne was a great friend of the Holdsworth boys, and cared for Bill Holdsworth after he had lost his entire immediate family during the war.
Daughter of Charles J. Cutliffe Hyne (author of the appropiately titled Captain Kettle adventure books), Nan died in her 98th year in December 1999 in Kettlewell.
Nancy and her family moved from Bradford to live permanently Kettlewell in the 1900s at Damside House. During the second World War she served in the Air Observer Corps in Buckden and in 1940 she founded the Kettlewell & Upper Wharfedale Women’s Institute.
In her later years she was president of the Kettlewell Flower Show which her mother founded in the early 1900s.

The altar window in St. Mary’s Church, Kettlewell was given in memory of Godfrey Cutliffe Hyne, her brother, who at the age of eighteen was mortally wounded in battle and lies buried in the churchyard. Nan told me that Godfrey had joined the army at the age of 16, having lied about his age in order to join up. Dameside House contained much memorabilia, hanging on the walls and furniture; I never forget the African spears, and antique padlocks, and the cupboard that opened into a bed.
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Ian and Barbara Dallas Ian and Barbara Dallas
Halifax 1982

Dallas, Ian; DFC

Ian Mackenzie Dallas DFC, [16 Sep 1920 - 5 Sep 2006] was godfather to David W Holdsworth.
Ian married Barbara, an Austrian, and they had three children; Angela, Colin, and Andrew.
Resided at the house he designed and built; Birdwell House, Kirkby Overblow, Harrogate until his retirement from the Bradford-based family business of TL Dallas & Co Ltd, insurance brokers.
Ian and Barbara subsequently moved to York. Ian had close connections with the auspicious Bradford Club in the Piece Hall Yard; a gentlemen's club with premises which date back to 1837 and boast a fine Victorian interior and splendid ornate architecture.
"Ian came into his own in the redecoration of the Club, and in persuading David Hicks to come up to Bradford and suggest colour schemes and wallpapers."
Ian was chairman of the Yorkshire Council for the Environment.

Ian never spoke of his unique war record, an officer in No. 651 Squadron RAF, a unit of the Royal Air Force in Italy and North Africa, working closely with Army units in artillery spotting and liaison. Being a pilot of a tiny Auster aircraft as an Air Observation Pilot was clearly a hazardous occupation.

Ian is best summed up in some of these memories, given by friends at his funeral at St. Oswald's Church, Fulford, York on 18 September, 2006.
"A bon-viveur with a delightful sense of humour; the English Gentleman; infinitely kind; Fluent on a wide range of subjects from Art to Zymosis; A stylish, handsome man of dignity and warmth; I joined him as an employee and left him as a friend; Never met anyone so good at winning lost causes."

TL Dallas & Co Ltd logo TL Dallas & Co Ltd

Ian Dallas' father, Thomas Lessels Dallas OBE, and enterprising Scotsman set up the business in Bradford in 1919 following experience with Christian Salvesen and then Scottish Life Assurance Company. Many of his early clients were from the Wool Textile trade, Bradford being the world wide focus of this Industry. From this base the business grew steadily by acquiring and retaining top quality commercial clients from all sectors of Industry and Commerce.
The family is still closely involved in the running of the business.

Ian Dallas on Gwynreta, 1950
Ian Dallas
aboard Gwynreta, 1950
Ian Dallas, 1950
St. Andrews Dance, Bradford
Barbara Dallas, Didy, David Gaunt
Ian Dallas, Mackintosh,
Bill Holdsworth, 1953
Ian Dallas, 1952
David with godparents
Peter Robertson, Nicky Pawson
Ian Dallas at Scargill House 1952
Ian Dallas, Nickey Pawson, David Holdsworth, Nov 1972
Ian Dallas, Nicky Pawson, David
Halifax, 25 Nov 1972

Ruth Downing at Scargill, 1954 'Flip', Ruth Downing, 'Neddy',
Ingrid Holdsworth, David Holdsworth
Didy Holdsworth
at Scargill House, Kettlewell, 1954

Downing, Ruth

Ruth Downing: John and Eleanor Ambler had a daughter Ruth Marguerite Ambler, born 19 April 1910.
Ruth Ambler married Harry Downing, circa 1957 when she was 47 years old and he was 22. They had no children.
Ruth Downing died 18/3/1998 in London.
Harry Downing died in December 1998.

Ruth Downing was first cousin of sisters Doris Highley and Mabel Highley.

Gaunt, David

David Gaunt. Married Bets Robertson, first cousin of Peter Robertson.
Business: Reuben Gaunt & Sons Ltd, worsted spinners of Farsley, near Pudsey, Yorkshire.

Denys Gillam, aboard Gwynreta, ca 1950 Denys Gillam, aboard Bill Holdsworth's Yacht Gwynreta
off the coast of Denmark, ca 1950

Gillam, Denys Edgar; Group Captain, DSO, DFC, AFC

Denys Gillam [1915-1991] was a great friend of Bill Holdsworth, both having served as Spitfire fighter pilots in the RAF.
After the War, Denys sailed with Bill on his yacht Gwynreta on several long trips during the 1950's.
In the 1980's Bill's sons Michael Holdsworth and David Holdsworth sailed with Denys in the solent on the racing 1/2-tonner yacht 'Combat' which Denys owned in partnership with his friend George Bottomley, a carpet yarn dyer with business in nearby Brighouse. This yacht was berthed alongside ex-Prime Minister Ted Heath's Morning Cloud at the Royal Southern Yacht Club on the Hamble River.
I recall many occasions, having a late supper at the Royal Southern on a Friday Night having driven down from Yorkshire and sitting at the next table to Sir Edward Heath, exchanging a few pleasantries. DWH

Denys' family textile manufacturing business was Homfray Carpets Group, based at Riding Hall Mills, located next door to the 1890's Mackintosh's Toffee factory in Halifax, and the family also owned a wool carpet yarn spinning mill in Rishworth, near Ripponden. In latter years they also bought British Furtex Ltd, in friendly competition with the Holdsworth's Mills. Denys attended Bramcote School ca 1922-1928.

From: Battle-of-Britain Records: Fighter Squadron 616:
F/Lt Denys E. Gillam of No 616 Squadron baled out of his Spitfire I (X4181) on the 2nd of September 1940 at 16:35hrs. He had been in combat with a Bf 110 over Tonbridge, Kent. He was unhurt.

From: War Experience:
Group Captain Denys Edgar Gillam DSO**, DFC*, AFC who was born in Tyneside in 1915. He obtained his flying licence in 1934 and joined the RAF the following year. In June 1938, Denys received the AFC for flying food to Rathlin Island, the northernmost point of the Northern Ireland region, in very hazardous conditions. During the Battle of Britain he served with 616 Fighter Squadron very successfully, was awarded the DFC in November 1940 and then the Bar to the DFC in October 1941. The following month Denys was shot down by flak and picked up by Air Sea Rescue Launch off Dunkirk and in December was awarded the DSO. March 1942 saw him forming the first Typhoon Wing at Duxford and subsequently taking command of 20 Sector 2nd TAF in April 1944. In August 1944 Denys was awarded the Bar to his DSO and in October of that year he led an attack on the German Staff Conference at Dordrecht which killed many of the senior staff of the 15th Army. Denys was awarded the second bar to his DSO in January 1945 and left the RAF later that year. Post-war he was Director and Chairman of Homfray Carpets in Halifax and Deputy Lord Lieutenant of North Yorkshire, before his death in 1991. Denys was widely held to be one of the greatest exponents of the potential of the Typhoon.

From: West Yorkshire Archives: Short history of Homfray Carpets
In about 1889 Henry James Homfray arrived in Yorkshire after receiving training in carpet manufacture at the Kidderminster premises of John Brinton and Company. He set up a business of chenille Axminster rug manufacture at Albert Mills, Sowerby Bridge. The Company was incorporated on 23 May 1891 as Homfray and Company Ltd. In 1905 a lease of Asquith Bottom Shed, Sowerby Bridge, was negotiated and wide chenille looms were installed. Seamless bordered squares were made in a number of quantities but the bulk of the production remained in rugs until after the First World War when considerable expansion took place.
During the 1920s, three factories were purchased - Rose Hill Mill, Sowerby Bridge (chenille looms); Delph Mill, Luddendenfoot (pile yarn spinning); and Luddenden Foot Mills, occupied by a subsidiary company British Furtex (upholstery fabrics). Further factories bought included Lower Willow Hall Mill, Sowerby Bridge (wool storage, blending and scouring); Brier Mill, Birstall (spool Axminster carpet manufacture by Birstall Carpet Company Ltd, a subsidiary company incorporated on 1 Jan 1937); Prospect Mill, Sowerby Bridge (weaving and spinning); Perseverance Mill, Sowerby Bridge (storage); Riding Hall Mills, Halifax, formerly known as Clark Bridge Mills (warehouse and group headquarters); Park Mill, Birstall (dyeing, spinning and tufting).
The company was the first in the UK to make floor coverings by the tufting process in 1952 on a narrow machine at Albert Mill. In 1966 for administrative and practical reasons Homfray and Company Ltd sold the whole of its carpet and rug manufacturing business to Riding Hall Carpets Ltd, a wholly owned subsidiary company.

Tony Iveson, Ian Smith, John Palmer, aboard Gwynreta, Kristiansand, Norway ca 1950 Tony Iveson, Ian Smith, John Palmer
On Gwynreta before leaving Kristiansand for home
Kristiansand, Norway, ca 1950

Iveson, Tony; Squadron-Leader, D.F.C.

Squadron-Leader Tony Iveson was a colleague of Bill Holdsworth when they served together in the RAF.
Tony was stationed at Lübeck Aerodrome after the war, and also sailed on Bill's motor yacht, Gwynreta.

Squadron Leader Tony Iveson, DFC
Tony Iveson was born and raised in Yorkshire and learned to fly in the Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve before the war. In 1940, he flew with 616 and 92 Fighter Squadrons, Fighter Command and survived ditching a Spitfire in the North Sea after a combat with a Junkers 88. After qualifying at the RAF’s Central Flying School in 1941, he went on to be a flying instructor in Rhodesia, now Zimbabwe.
On returning to Britain, he was directed to Bomber Command and was posted to No.617 "Dam Busters" Squadron in 1944 flying Lancasters. He was later appointed a Flight Commander. Amongst other operations, he flew on all 3 attacks that the Squadron made on the German battleship "Tirpitz", including the November 12 1944 mission in which the Tirpitz was sunk. He retired from the RAF in 1949.
In the year 2008, Tony Iveson took to the controls of a Lancaster bomber in a nostalgic flight. In 2009 he led the campaign to erect a memorial to the 55,000 young men of Bomber Command who were killed in action.

External links:
Dambuster ace flies the Lancaster again

Picture: Daily Telegraph, 5 Nov 08

Dambuster ace flies the Lancaster again

Picture: Daily Telegraph, 5 Nov 08

Guy Mansfield’s Christening, Janet, Guy Rhys John & Terence Mansfield 1949 Janet, Guy Rhys John &
Terence Mansfield, 5th Baron Sandhurst
London, 1949

Mansfield, Terence (J.E.T. Mansfield), 5th Baron Sandhurst 1920-2002

Terence Mansfield was at Lockers Park and Harrow with Bill Holdsworth and Bill’s brothers.
Terence became godfather to Howard Holdsworth in 1949.

John Edward Terence Mansfield, the 5th Baron Sandhurst was born on 4 September 1920.
The son of Ralph Sheldon Mansfield, OBE (July 19, 1892-1964), 4th Baron Sandhurst and Morley Victoria Upcher.
He married, firstly, Priscilla Ann Johnson, daughter of J. Fielder Johnson, on 7 November 1942. He and Priscilla Ann Johnson were divorced in 1946.
He married, secondly, Janet Mary Lloyd, daughter of John Edward Lloyd, on 3 April 1947.

Children of John Edward Terence Mansfield, 5th Baron Sandhurst and Janet Mary Lloyd

  1. Hon. Guy Rhys John Mansfield b. 3 Mar 1949
  2. Victoria Elizabeth Mansfield b. 30 Jan 1957

Hon. Guy Rhys John Mansfield, Bill Holdsworth’s godson, attended Lockers Park in the same period as Howard Holdsworth, both being born in 1949.
Howard Holdsworth recalls asking Guy’s father Terence for autographs on several occasions at school; Terence was by accounts an accomplished and renowned cricketer.
Hon. Guy Rhys John Mansfield was invested as a Queen’s Counsel (Q.C.).
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Melrose, Denis Graham, Prof.

Professor Denis Melrose, 1921-2007, was a pioneering physician in Hammersmith Hospital who designed and developed the equipment that revolutionised open-heart operations. He and his wife Ann had a passion for sailing, and owned several yachts over time, including a trimaran and a yacht with a reinforced concrete hull. I had my first experience of listening to a stereo record in their house in the 1960’s whilst staying with the Melroses on a school exeat. [DWH Oct 2008]

Denis Melrose married Ann Warter, and they had two children, Simon Melrose and Angus Melrose.

Denis and Anne Melrose lived in Putney, London at Lower Common South, next door to the renowned broadcasting family of Richard Dimbleby CBE, one of the greatest figures in British broadcasting history, and a contemporary of fellow commentator, Kirsten Holdsworth’s godfather Brian Johnston who also shared the job of covering national events with him. Two of Richard’s sons Jonathan Dimbleby and David Dimbleby are now well known broadcasters.

Denis Graham Melrose was born in Cape Town, South Africa on 20 June 1921; Lecturer, then Reader, Royal Postgraduate Medical School 1948-68, Professor of Surgical Science 1968-83 (Emeritus); married 1948 Ann Warter (two sons); died Santa Eulalia, Ibiza 2 July 2007.

Denis Melrose was a doctor who specialised in clinical physiology and became a professor in the new discipline of clinical rheology - the science of flow in the body. He made two important contributions to the development of open-heart surgery in the 1950s, a time when this type of surgery was only just becoming a practical possibility: he designed a heart-lung machine, and he invented a method of producing cardiac arrest during surgery.

Heart operations before then had been limited to procedures on the intact beating heart.

Melrose came from a medical family, his father being a doctor in Cape Town, where Denis was born in 1921. The family came to Britain before the Second World War and after pre-clinical studies at University College, Oxford, Melrose went to London, to University College Hospital Medical School for his clinical work. One of his teachers there was the cardiologist Sir Thomas Lewis.

After qualifying in 1945 Melrose served in the Royal Navy for two years and then had the good fortune to obtain a lecturer’s post in the Department of Surgery at the Royal Postgraduate Medical School at Hammersmith Hospital, whose head was Professor Ian Aird.

Aird had the vision of creating artificial heart and kidney machines and he enthusiastically supported Melrose in his ambition to design a heart-lung machine that would enable the surgeon to operate on a bloodless heart with cardio-pulmonary bypass, and repair defects such as holes in the heart under direct vision. At about that time a Hungarian refugee, Francis Kellerman, had established a medical instrument firm called New Electronic Products (NEP) and, in spite of severe financial constraints, he collaborated with Melrose to design and manufacture the Melrose-NEP heart-lung machine.

This was first used at Hammersmith Hospital on 17 April 1957. The apparatus was soon in use in other centres across the UK, and also in New Zealand and Australia. Melrose gave great personal support to the units starting to do open-heart surgery.

A group of Russian surgeons in Moscow were also keen to carry out open-heart surgery and decided to buy the Melrose machine. In May 1959, a team from Hammersmith Hospital led by Melrose went to the Institute of Cardiovascular Surgery on Leninsky Prospect, Moscow, with half a ton of equipment.

Four children with severe congenital heart lesions were successfully operated on. This was possibly the first time that a group of foreign doctors had actually worked in the Soviet Union as distinct from being shown the alleged wonders of Soviet medicine.

The team were congratulated by the Soviet deputy prime minister Anastas Mikoyan, who embraced Phyllis Bowtle and said, "Medicine is clean, politics are dirty." The group flew home on the inaugural flight of the Tupolev 104, the Soviet copy of the Comet aircraft.

Although cardio-pulmonary bypass allowed the surgeon to open the heart and correct defects inside with no time constraints, the heart itself was still beating, which was tiresome for the surgeon and made precise surgery difficult. Melrose’s unique contribution was the development of elective cardiac arrest. He and others devised a method of stopping the heart from beating during open-heart surgery using a chemical method.

Laboratory work on animals by Melrose, Bentall, B. Dryer and J.B.E. Baker in 1955 led to the clinical application whereby a solution of potassium citrate was perfused into the heart at the time of open-heart surgery and cardiac arrest produced under control of the surgeon. By 1984 this method had been used with complete success in over 100 patients at Hammersmith. Potassium arrest is today a standard procedure in cardiac surgical units throughout the world, but now using the St Thomas’ Hospital cardioplegic solution.

Melrose continued to work at the Royal Postgraduate Medical School until his retirement in 1983, when he was made Emeritus Professor.

Denis Melrose had the ideal temperament to lead innovative methods in medicine. He had an exceptionally friendly, outgoing personality, was full of fun, and yet had an obviously firm understanding of apparatus and clinical procedures. Outside medicine his great love was sailing and after his retirement he and his wife Ann went to live in Ibiza, where his hobby could be pursued to the full.

N.H. Moore, 1924 Norman H. Moore at Netherside Hall 1924

Moore, Norman H; Major

Major Norman H. Moore was a great friend of George Bertram Holdsworth, and his father Clement Holdsworth and was godfather of George's son John Holdsworth, to whom he presented many books.
Uncle Norman, John’s godfather's name appears inside the front cover in many of John's books.
He attended Clement Holdsworth's funeral in 1920.

Tony Iveson, Ian Smith, John Palmer, aboard Gwynreta, Kristiansand, Norway ca 1950 Tony Iveson, Ian Smith, John Palmer
On Gwynreta before leaving Christiansand for home
Kristiansand, Norway, ca 1950

Palmer, John

Sergeant John L. Palmer was a colleague of Bill Holdsworth, at RAF Station, Yeadon, and also sailed on board Bill's motor yacht Gwynreta during the illustrious Denmark "sailing into salesmanship" voyage in May 1951, in which he met with the King of Denmark and his family.
John’s role on board was the engineer.

Halifax, 1982 Nicky and Kenneth Pawson, Halifax, 1982

Pawson, Kenneth and Nicky

Kenneth Vernon Frank Pawson, [24 Sep 1923 - 30 Oct 2002], married Nicolette Vivian (Nicky), [8 May 1925 - 20 June 2006].
Kenneth and Nicky had 3 children, Nicholas, Caroline and Francesca.

Kenneth and Nicky Pawson resided at Weetwood Grange, Leeds, then about 1969 they moved to Haggas Hall, Weeton, near Harrogate.

Nicky Pawson was godmother to David W Holdsworth.

St. Andrew's Dance 1955
St. Andrew's Dance
Bradford Grammar School,
30 Dec 1955
Bellinter Park, Navan, Eire, 1960
with Didy Holdsworth
Bellinter Park, Navan, Eire, 1960
Ian Dallas, Nickey Pawson, David Holdsworth, Nov 1972
Ian Dallas, Nicky Pawson, David
Halifax, 25 Nov 1972

Powell, Eve

Eve Powell,
appears in photographs of Howard’s Christening 1949
Ref: WH01-45-09, 10 and 11.

Tony Iveson, Ian Smith, John Palmer, aboard Gwynreta, Kristiansand, Norway, May 1951 Squadron-Leader Tony Iveson, DFC;
Squadron-Leader Ian Smith,
Sgt. John L Palmer
On Gwynreta before leaving Kristiansand for home
Kristiansand, Norway, May 1951

Smith, Ian

Ian Smith was a colleague of Bill Holdsworth when together in the RAF.
Ian was in charge of Yeadon Aerodrome after the war, and also sailed on the Gwynreta

Jimmy Strang and 'Flip' at Scargill, 1956 Jimmy Strang and 'Flip' at Scargill, 1956

Strang, James (Jimmy)

Jimmy Strang was born in Calcutta in 1923.
He arrived in Britain with his family before he was 1 year old, and grew up in Inverness, Edinburgh and Hampshire.
In 1940 he joined the RAF., flying Spitfires and Hurricanes, and serving in the Western Desert.
After the War Mr. Strang decided to transfer to the Reserve Air Force Officers, and returned to the country of his birth to become a tea planter in Assam.
He married an Austrian, Trixie, and they had 2 sons, Ronald and Christian.
Jimmy Strang came to stay with Bill Holdsworth at Scargill House, Kettlewell several times, and at Bellinter Park, Ireland.

Jim and Trixie Strang, Christmas 2005 JLC Strang wrote 3 fictionalised autobiographies of life in Assam
Following a car accident some years earlier, Jimmy became an invalid.

The three Volumes of "A Damn Fool Career" by J.L.C. Strang:
Volume One: "Events in the Womb of Time";
Volume Two: "Best Laid Schemes & Mountains";
Volume Three: "Paradise and Back"

Photo: Jim and Trixie Strang, Christmas 2005

James L. C. Strang, husband of Beatrix and father of Ronald and Christian, passed away on 25 Feb 2009.

Mike Wetz, David Stutchbury at the Wedding of William Holdsworth to Dina Maria Kuperus, Amsterdam 1946 Mike Wetz, David Stutchbury
Wedding of William Holdsworth to Dina Maria Kuperus
Amsterdam, 1946

Stutchbury, David Wycliffe

David Stutchbury was the Best Man at the wedding of Bill Holdsworth and Dina Maria Kuperus in Amsterdam, 1946.
David Wycliffe Stutchbury joined the Royal Air Force straight from Radley School (which he attended 1936-41), trained as a pilot in Canada and flew photo reconnaissance missions in Mosquitos in 140 Squadron and then Spitfires in 16 Squadron.
His brothers, T.M., O.P., and W.W. Stutchbury, were at Radley.
After the war he joined Revertex Ltd as the post boy and retired in 1979 as Managing Director and Chief Executive.
David Stutchbury married Eliane Garnier from Belgium and they had the following children:
Diane Stutchbury
Rupert Stutchbury, playwright, Bill Holdsworth’s godson
Claire Stutchbury
Ivan Stutchbury

David Stutchbury died on April 3, 2006.

Further information from a conversation with Rupert Stutchbury, December 2008:

"Revertex Ltd was originally founded by my grand father Mervin Stutchbury in the late 1920’s. It was based on rubber plantations in Malaya and grew into a sizeable rubber company and eventually (post war) into one of the 100 biggest chemical companies in the world. During the War it’s Malayan assets were taken over by the invading Japanese and used for the Imperial Japanese war effort. My father joined the company in 1946-7 and ended up doing every job available for a few months at a time to get to know all aspects of the business, ultimately to go for five years to Malaya as factory under manager then manager of the Malay side of the company. My father worked his way up (of course it was expected that he should take over the company ultimately) and took over as MD in about 1971".
"Revertex, meanwhile, was taken over by Yule Catto and continues to prosper under the Yule Catto flag. In 1979 he sold up the family Estate in Sussex and retired to India, where he was be able to carry on living in a style no longer possible for him in the UK. He separated from my mother at that time and lived in a hill station in Tamil Nadu for the next few years before coming back to Europe, settling in the Dordogne, France where he lived the remainder of his life with his, French second wife, Raymonde, on his Revertex pension."

Pauline Tozer, undated Pauline Tozer,

Tozer, Pauline (Pauline Johnston)

Pauline Tozer, sister of WGS (Gordon) Tozer, who was in Newlands at Harrow School with John, Michael and Bill Holdsworth.

Pauline was close friends with Michael until his untimely loss just after his 21st birthday in February 1942.

On 22 April 1948 Pauline married Brian Johnston, the broadcaster, cricket commentator and author.


While Pauline was staying with us in Yorkshire during April 2009, she told us about her roots in Lindley, a typical Yorkshire village
where her grandfather, James Nield Sykes was a millowner and public benefactor.
He had the well-known business, English Card Clothing Company Limited, Plover Road, Lindley, Huddersfield, HD3 3HT, which in 1897 had incorporated into it John Whiteley & Sons; founded in July 1791 by John Whiteley at Winding Road, Halifax; in the 1840s, they had moved to Brunswick Mills, Halifax.
Lindley-based English Card Clothing Company Limited closed in 2006 with the loss of 40 jobs when production was transferred overseas.

James Nield Sykes had given a clock tower to the village (1902), one of Sir John Betjeman’s favourite landmarks, and the eight bells to St. Stephen’s church (Cast by John Warner & Sons, 1874). Lindley clock tower, is still standing and still chiming as are the church bells.
It’s been suggested that he commissioned the Tower because he wanted his workers to get to work on time!
The clock tower was built in 1902 - the clock was started on Christmas Eve of that year by Sykes’ youngest daughter, Miss Mary Alice Sykes.
The inscription on the tower reads: ‘This tower was erected by James Nield Sykes, Esq. J.P., of Field Head, Lindley, for the benefit of his native village in 1902’.
Sykes commissioned a relative, one of the country’s leading architects at that time, Manchester architect Edgar Wood, to design his tower.
Wood was also responsible for two fine houses - Briarcourt and Banneyroyd, and for Lindley Gatehouse.

Pauline’s mother was a Sykes, and they lived at Briarcourt in Lindley.
Her father, Col. William Tozer, was Master Cutler in 1936; see The Company of Cutlers in Hallamshire.

(David W Holdsworth, 6 April 2009)

Mike Wetz on the runway at Blankensee, 1946 Mike Wetz on the runway at Blankensee,
Lübeck, Germany, 1946

Wetz, Michael

Mike Wetz was a colleague of Bill Holdsworth when in the RAF, stationed at Lübeck in 1946. click

Names to add:

From WH 2 Album

Aileen and Peter Woodward, WH02-45-01 and 02
G van Engelen, WH02-47 and 48, at Scargill with Rudy
M.F. Desvaux, WH02-48, at shooting hut with Laycocks.
Frank W. Dixon, WH02-59 at Tara in 1958
Bill Bailey, Mr Oliver, WH02-50, Sandsend
Stevan Major, WH02-56, 57, redecorating at Bellinter 1957
Alex Major, WH02-57, as above
Rob Nifterick, WH02-56

From WH 1 Album

Sue Barnard, with Brycesons, wh02-15-01, Scargill 1953
Robert Jackson, wh01-49-09, on Gwynreta
Hugh Marsh
Leo Mortier, wh01-72-01, David’s christening
Judy Nelson
Alan Brotherton-Ratcliffe, wh01-69-05, Denmark, ca 1950
Charles Brotherton-Ratcliffe, wh01-69-05, Denmark, ca 1950
Sonya Shurey, wh01-69-05, Denmark, ca 1950
Heather Brotherton-Ratcliffe wh01-69-05, Denmark, ca 1950
John Michael Hodgkinson, Rhodesia

From GBH 1 and older Albums

Effie Wright, of Park Road Halifax, GBH1-02
EMH (GBH 1908 album, p.1) (Possibly E.M. Huntriss; attended Clement Holdsworth funeral 1920, and like C.H. was a church warden at the Parish Church in Halifax.)
TST (GBH 1908 album, p.26)
GSH (GBH 1908 album, p.26)
J M-H (GBH 1908 album, p.29)
JRM (GBH 1908 album, p.29)
JWC (GBH 1908 album, p.29)


James Coote, great friend of Ingrid Holdsworth. Jim was the athletics editor of the Daily Telegraph newspaper.
Jim piloted his own aircraft, and died in plane crash on his way to an international athletics event in Italy, 1979.
Author of
'Olympic Report 76', 1976
The 1980 Book of the Olympics: The Games since 1896, a Pictorial Record. ISBN 0861890086

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