Local Police Officer Survives Gassing

John Kelly Bailiff was born on the 13th February 1889 in Stranraer, Wigtownshire, Scotland to John and Ellen Bailiff. He was the eldest of 12 children, shortly after his birth his parents moved to Byram cum Sutton, Yorkshire where his father found work as a forester. When John Kelly was old enough he started working as a groom. In 1911 he was living with the Goodenough family in Monk Fryston, South Wilford. George Goodenough was a coachman, probably for Aske Hall where John Kelly was a groom. Aske Hall, Richmond was the seat of the ageing 1st Marquess of Zetland, as well as his son who would later serve as Secretary of State for India. John Kelly may have lived at Aske Hall for a while before joining the police.

On the 1st October 1912 John Kelly was appointed to the police force. At age 23 he was 5 foot 10, very tall for the time, with grey eyes and dark brown hair. This was the same year he met Mary Ann Long of Monk Fryston. John Kelly had moved to Leeds to work as a Police Constable, but on the 19th November 1913 he came back to Monk Fryston to marry Mary. As war broke out he enlisted in the army on the 1st June 1915, the same year as his first child was born.

John Kelly served in the Military Mounted Police Corps as a Lance Corporal, where he earned the Victory and British War Medals as well as the Silver War Badge. In 1917 he was gassed, leading to him being discharged on the 12th April 1917. Asthma ran in his family and the gassing left him in ill health for much of his life. He was discharged into the Army Reserve “Police” and, too ill to do much beat work, he focused on administration. He also helped to inspect farms and enforce rationing regulations around the town.

He lived in Monk Fryston until 1920 when he moved to Pontefract, in 1936 he moved again to Hatfield. He lived here with his wife and daughter eldest, Mary Bailiff in 1938 when he retired from the police. He did however continue as a Supervisor of the Watchmen for the duration of the Second World War. He still lived in Hatfield when he passed away on the 4th Feb 1951 , just over a week before his 62nd birthday.

Story and photographs kindly submitted by Betty Camplejohn.

A portrait of four generations

Title: A portrait of four generations
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John Bailiff's discharge certificate

Title: John Bailiff's discharge certificate
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To The Manor Born

In 1893 Charles Howard Taylor and his wife Gertrude Mary had their first and only daughter – Phyllis Thelma Howard Taylor. Phyllis was the middle child sandwiched between her older brother Eric and her two younger brothers Ronald and Harold.

Her father was Lord of the Manor of New Hall in Darfield which was where Phyllis was born. He was also the Justice of Peace for the West Riding and a well-known polo pony breeder!

The family lived between two estates during Phyllis life; New Hall and Middlewood Hall, both in Darfield. It is not clear whether the family purchased or built New Hall, or at what date. Middlewood Hall was bought by Phyllis’ Grandfather, Thomas Taylor in 1845 and kept in the family until 1970 when it was sold to a Mr and Mrs Wainwright who were professional photographers.

The boys were sent away to boarding school at a young age whereas Phyllis was kept at home. Not much is known about her childhood and where it was spent. At the 1911 census taking the family were living at Hampole Priory in Doncaster, a former nunnery.

Sometime after the start of the war Middlewood Hall was turned into an auxiliary hospital for wounded troops. When she was 23 she joined the British Red Cross and worked at her converted home from April 1916 until 1919. In November 1916 she worked for 4 hours a day at Hooton Pagnell Auxiliary Hospital in Doncaster until February 1917 working as a nurse.

Shortly after joining the Red Cross Phyllis’ elder brother Eric was killed in action at the Somme. He would not be the only brother she outlived. In 1959 her younger brother Ronald died and left his estate to be shared between her and their brother, Harold.

In 1960 she inherited Middlewood Hall. She stayed there until her death in 1967. She was buried in All Saint’s Church cemetery in Darfield along with the rest of her family except for Eric who had been lost at the Somme.

John Clayton Dixon, Architect for 200 houses in New Edlington

John Clayton Dixon was born on the 11th of October 1880 in Old Brampton, Derbyshire.  His parents were George Dixon, a farmer who was 24 at the time of his birth, and Martha Dixon, 29. John’s middle name came from his mother’s maiden name, Clayton. John was the eldest of six children: Martha Clayton Dixon who was born around 1882, James Henry Dixon in 1883, Ellen Arlette Dixon in 1885, Florence M Dixon in 1887, and Mercedes Jean Dixon in 1895. When John was 10 the family had a governess, Mabel L Whitaker who was 23. By 1901 Florence M Dixon had moved in with her ageing aunt and uncle, Edward and Sarah Lowe. The rest of the family were living in Brampton Hall in Old Brampton. George still worked as a farmer, and John had begun to work as an architect’s assistant.

By 1904 John Clayton Dixon was probably in Doncaster, as this is when Thomson and Dixon was founded. But, it is not completely certain that he was a part of the company from the very start. By 1911 he was definitely living in Doncaster working as an architect and civil engineer, probably for Thomson and Dixon. By 1916 John was a joint owner of Thomson and Dixon, as a Building and Engineering Contractor.  In 1911 he lived at 66 Cleveland Street, Doncaster as the boarder of 82 year old widow Emma Varley, and her widowed daughter Eliza Cornish, 52. This is in contrast to his partner in the company, Arthur Thomson, who already owned his own home. It is possible John was not yet an owner by 1911, or was the junior partner. Regardless, as Thomson and Dixon’s main architect he probably played a large part in the appearance of the 200 miners houses built around Staveley Street at New Edlington.

Late in 1916 John married Alice Wall who was 12 years his junior. On the 18th November 1918 they had a son, George Victor Dixon. George would go on to work as a builder, presumably for his father. John and Alice had their second son early in 1921, Colin James Dixon. Colin became an R.A.F. sergeant in the Second World War. Colin was killed along with four others at age 20 on 13th July 1941 when his plane crashed over Portugal. He was buried at the St James British churchyard in Porto, Portugal. Czech historian Pavel Vancata, who writes on the 311 Czechoslovakian R.A.F. Squadron, has expressed an interest in the crash on Ancestry.com and may have further information. In 1939 the Dixon family lived at 1 Greenfield Lane, Doncaster. They had hired an 18 year old domestic servant, Constance M Watson. Besides John, Alice George and Constance two others lived in the house, but their records remain closed. John Clayton Dixon died at age 76 in 1957.

Eustace Foster Grant-Dalton

Eustace Foster Grant-Dalton was born in 1877. Eustace spent a lot of time at Brodsworth during his childhood with his family, and his cousin Charles Grant-Dalton later inherited the Brodsworth Estate. Eustace was a career soldier, having received his commission in October 1889 into the Prince of Wales Own Yorkshire Regiment. He saw active service in the Boer War and was wounded, but returned to his regiment in 1901. He later served in Ireland and India before being promoted to Captain in 1909 and posted to the 1st Battalion in 1913.

He was among the first soldiers to arrive in France after the outbreak of war in 1914. Eustace was wounded at the First Battle of the Aisne and taken prisoner. He spent the rest of his war in German prisoner of war camps. He continued serving with the army after the war, eventually retiring in 1927. Eustace married the widow of his cousin Charles and spent the rest of his life at Brodsworth until his death in 1977.






Charles Grant-Dalton

Charles Grant-Dalton was born in 1884 in Southampton. Charles and his brother Stuart spent lots of time at Brodsworth Hall with their uncle Charles Thellusson after the death of their parents when they were young. During the First World War, Charles served with the Army Service Corps. He married Sylvia West in 1916, and the couple had one daughter, Pamela, in 1920. During the Second World War, Charles served as the Lieutenant Colonel of the 44th Battalion West Riding Home Guard. He died in 1952.


Stuart Grant-Dalton

Stuart Grant Dalton was born in Bournemouth in 1886, the younger of two sons of Constance and Horace Grant-Dalton. Both of Stuart’s parents died when he was young, and as a result he spent a lot of time with Charles and Constance Mary Thellusson, his aunt and uncle. Charles and Constance Mary inherited Brodsworth Hall in 1903.

Stuart went straight from school to the Royal Military Academy at Sandhurst in 1905, later serving with the 1st Battalion of the Prince of Wales’ Own Yorkshire Regiment. Stuart married May Michell in 1911 and had two children, Constance Evelyn and Jean. During the First World War, Stuart served first with his original regiment, undertaking his aviation training during recuperation from a wound. In January 1916 Stuart joined the Royal Flying Corps in Egypt as a Flying Officer. During his service, he was awarded the DSO (Distinguished Service Order) twice. Stuart was severely wounded and had to have one leg amputated. He spent some of his recuperation time at Brodsworth Hall. This injury did not finish his flying career, and Stuart continued his service with the RAF after the war ended. He moved then to the New Zealand Air Force, ultimately retiring with the rank of Wing Commander. He died in 1971.










Hubert Fitzwilliam Foljambe

Hubert Foljambe was born in London in 1873. Educated at Eton, Hubert was a career soldier and served with the King’s Royal Rifle Corps throughout the Boer War. He married Gladys Bewicke-Copley, the daughter of the head of Sprotbrough Hall, in Doncaster in 1909. Their son, John Savile Foljambe was born in 1911. Major Foljambe went out with the first Expeditionary Force in August 1914 and was involved in the heavy fighting early in the war, including the retreat from Mons. He was killed in action on the 14 September 1914 during the First Battle of the Aisne. Hubert is remembered at the La Ferte-Sous-Jouarre Memorial located at Seine-et-Marne, France. The Memorial commemorates 4,000 officers and men of the British Expeditionary Force who died in August, September, and October 1914 and have no known grave.

Mary Effie Skipwith

During the First World War, Sophia Skipwith of Loversal Hall opened her home up as a hospital treating wounded soldiers. Sophia’s late husband Grey brought children from his previous marriage into Sophia’s family and they all contributed to the war effort. Mary Effie Skipwith, the oldest of the children from the first marriage, worked at Loversal Hall assisting nurses and doing pantry work. Mary’s three brothers, Fulwar, James and Frederick served with the military in India and France.

William Wright Warde-Aldam

William Wright Aldam was born at Frickley Hall in 1854. He changed his name by Royal Licence to William Warde-Aldam following his marriage in 1878 to Sarah Julia Warde of Hooton Pagnell Hall. After attending Oxford University, he served as a magistrate in the West Riding of Yorkshire. William lived between Hooton Pagnell and Frickley Hall with his wife Julia, and their two sons William St Andrew and John Ralph.

Following the introduction of compulsory military service in 1916, a tribunal system was implemented for men who did not want to, or could not fight. Decisions made at these tribunals could be appealed against, and William heard these appeals for the southern area of the West Riding of Yorkshire at Doncaster Mansion House. He died at Frickley Hall in 1925.

Gertrude Esther May Skipwith

Gertrude Esther May Skipwith, known just as May, was born in 1891 in Tunbridge Wells. May lived with her family at Loversal Hall. During the First World War, May served with her sisters at Loversal Hall, spending four years on the wards at the hospital with a short interval working at Radcliffe Hospital, Oxford. Unfortunately, May died aged just 33 years old of tuberculosis in London, and was buried in Loversal.