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Swallow, Arthur ReginaldRef 401-1226
[1879-1917] Son of Thomas Dawson Swallow.

He was educated at Halifax New School & Trinity College, Dublin / a member of St Paul's Church, King Cross & Sunday School / a teacher at the Sunday School / a member of Halifax Hockey Club / a teacher at Halifax New School / a schoolmaster [1901] / a schoolmaster at Lucton School, Kingsland, Herefordshire [1911] / a schoolmaster at Lickey Hills School, Barnt Green, Worcestershire  [1914].

During World War I, he served as a 2nd Lieutenant with the 8th Battalion Worcestershire Regiment.

He had been hospitalised with influenza and rejoined his battalion on 22nd April 1917

He was killed 2 days later whilst leading an attack on enemy lines in France [24th April 1917] (aged 37).

The Halifax Courier [5th May 1917] reported his death with a photograph.

He is remembered on the Thiepval Memorial, France [Grave Ref 5A & 6C], in the Halifax Town Hall Books of Remembrance, and on the Memorial at Saint Paul's Church, King Cross.

Probate records show that he left effects valued at £161 0/8d.

Administration was granted to his widowed mother Mary Jane and/or his unmarried sister Kathleen Eliza Swallow

Swallow, BenRef 401-721
[1857-1919] Son of William Swallow.

Born in Halifax.

He was a drayman of Halifax [1877] / a cart driver [1881] / a galvaniser [1891] / a wire galvaniser [1901, 1911].

In 1877, he married Mercy Ann Buckley [1858-1934] at Halifax Parish Church.

Mercy Ann, of Southowram, was the daughter of Job Buckley, gas stoker


  1. Arthur William [b 1880] who was a railway super [1901]
  2. Sam
  3. Edgar Sidney [b 1888] who was a worsted doffer [1901], a  boiler rivetter [1911]
  4. Harry [1891-1894]
  5. Job Buckley [b 1894] who was an apprentice mechanic [1911]
  6. Alice [b 1896] who was a worsted spinner [1911]
  7. Harry [b 1900]

They lived at

  • 7 Chatham Square, Halifax (with James's widowed mother)   [1881]
  • 26 Audley Street, Halifax [1891]
  • 2 Clay Street, Halifax [1901]

A Ben Swallow died in Halifax [Q1 1919] (aged 62).

Mercy Ann died Q1 1934 (aged 76) 

Swallow, BenjaminRef 401-1725
[1???-1???] Around 1874, he established business as a general house and church decorator, paper hanger, glass and sign writer and gilder at Bull Green, Halifax.

He also invented and patented the Fearnought Cash and Automatic Checking Till

Swallow, BenjaminRef 401-2690
[18??-18??] Licensee of the Woodman Inn, Halifax [1859].

In 1860, his licence was suspended, his being considered unfit to keep a house.

The Brewster Session heard that there had been many reports of shameful conduct and robbery at the inn.

Michael Stocks, who owned the pub, said that Swallow had family differences, and had run away and had been advertised for as drowned. Swallow was a yearly tenant and could not be dismissed under a 6 months' notice

Swallow, BradleyRef 401-911
[1838-1???] Born in Huddersfield.

He was a tailor [1891].

Around 1861, he married Mary [1837-1???].

Mary was born in Manchester


  1. Annie [b 1861] who was a cotton winder [1891]
  2. Louisa [b 1863] who was a cotton reeler [1891]
  3. John [b 1869] who was a cloth sapper [1891]
  4. Frank G. [b 1872] who was a warehouseman [1891]
  5. Fred [b 1875] who was a tailor's apprentice [1891]
  6. Jessie [b 1876] who was a worsted rover [1891]
  7. James [b 1878] who was a worsted doffer [1891]

They lived at Union Street, Elland-cum-Greetland [1891].

Living with them [in 1891] was granddaughter Elsie Swallow [b  1890]

Swallow, CharlesRef 401-295
[1807-1877] Son of John Swallow.

Baptised at Christ Church, Sowerby Bridge.

He moved to Ardwick, Manchester.

He married Mary Haslam.

Child: Mary Haslam (Swallow) [1835-1911] who married her cousin John Henry Swallow

Swallow, GillianRef 401-3479
[19??-] Vicar of St Bartholomew's Church, Ripponden [1995-1997]

Swallow, JamesRef 401-829
[1854-1???] Son of William Swallow.

Born in Halifax.

He was a wire welder [1881]

He married Elizabeth [1858-1???].

Elizabeth was born in Bury St Edmunds, Suffolk


  1. James [b 1879] who was born in North Woolwich, Essex

In 1881, the family were living with James's widowed mother

Swallow, JohnRef 401-7610
[1783-1872] Born in Rotherham.

He was a corn miller at Sowerby Bridge / a corn merchant [1841, 1851] / a retired corn miller [1861].

When interviewed for Crabtree's Tour of Calder Dale of 1832, Mr Swallow of Sowerby Bridge refused to the petition for the Ten Hours Bill

He was related to Mr Sutcliffe of Sowerby Bridge.

On 13th May 1806, he married Harriet Sutcliffe [1780-1864] from Halifax, at Halifax Parish Church.


  1. Charles
  2. John
  3. Joshua [1810-1892]
  4. George [1811-1876]
  5. William Henry
  6. Eliza [1813-1877]
  7. Ann [1815-1899]
  8. Edward Sutcliffe [1818-1870]
  9. Harriet [1820-1871]
  10. Sarah Elizabeth [1822-1902]

All the children were baptised at Christ Church Sowerby Bridge.

They lived at

  • Clough House, Warley [1841, 1851]
  • Laurel Bank, Sowerby Bridge [1861]

Both John and Harriet died in Manchester

Swallow, JohnRef 401-1877
[1809-1863] Son of John Swallow.

He was partner in Swallow & Sladen [until 1831] / a cotton spinner at Sterne Mills, Copley [1835] / a corn miller [1841] / a commission agent [1851] / a retired corn miller [1861].

On 22nd July 1834, he married Mary Dawson [1808-1878] at Hutton Cranswick, York.


  1. John Henry
  2. Thomas Dawson
  3. George Edward [b 1837]
  4. Mary Eliza [1839-1917] who was Matron at Chigwell Grammar  School
  5. Fanny [1841-1901]
  6. Harriete Blanche [1842-1913]
  7. Amelia [1843-1844]
  8. Alice Jane [1845-1925]
  9. Richard Dawson

In 1881, the sisters – Fanny [1841-1901], Harriete Blanche [1842-1913], and Alice Jane [1845-1925] - ran a day school in Halifax. The sisters never married

They lived at

  • Sterne Cottage [1841]
  • 8 Trinity Row, Halifax [1851]
  • Isle of Man [1861]
  • 8 Trinity Row [where his wife Mary was school mistress  1861]
  • 8 Trinity Place [where Mary was running a Ladies Academy 1871]

John died on the Isle of Man [15th October 1863] (aged 54).

He was buried at Kirk Onchan, Isle of Man.

Mary died 23rd June 1878.

She was buried at Christ Church, Sowerby Bridge

Swallow, JohnRef 401-2
[1821-1???] A dyer of Halifax.

In June 1849, he and John Kitson were convicted of manslaughter after throwing Robert Holdsworth out of a window in an argument.

At York Assizes, on 11th July 1849, the 2 men were sentenced to be transported for 18 years

Swallow, JohnRef 401-1404
[1852-19??] Born in Doncaster.

He was a labourer in brickyards [1881] / a stone quarryman [1891, 1901].

In 1874, he married Elizabeth Dawson [1855-1895] in Halifax.

Elizabeth was born in Armsthorpe / Osmothorpe, Yorkshire


  1. Harriet [b 1875]
  2. Annie [b 1877] who was a cotton card room hand [1901]
  3. Florence [b 1879]
  4. Mary A. [b 1883] who was a worsted twister [1901]
  5. Elizabeth [b 1887] who was a worsted doffer [1901]
  6. Richard
  7. John Thomas [b 1893] who was a cotton yarn piecer [1911]

Elizabeth died in 1895 (aged 40).

They lived at

  • Sandall Brickyards, Long Sandall, Doncaster [1881]
  • North Skelton, Cleveland, Yorkshire [1891]
  • New Street, Stainland [1901, 1911 (when Annie was head of  the household)]

Living with them [in 1881] was sister-in-law Emma Dawson [b  1861]

Swallow, JohnRef 401-881
[1871-1916] Born in West Vale.

He was a dyer's warehouseman [1901] / landlord of the Clothiers' Arms, Greetland [1908-1916].

He was involved in the laying of Greetland Bowling Green

In [Q3] 1897, he married Edith Farrar [1880-1944] in Halifax.

Edith was born in Halifax.

She was a refreshment house keeper [1901]



  1. Lily [b 1898]
  2. Frederick [b 1899]
  3. Emily [b 1901]
  4. Jessie [b 1902]
  5. Henry [b 1904]
  6. Mary Louise [b 1906]

The family lived at Stainland Road, Greetland [1901].

John died in 1916.

Edith died in 1944.

The couple were buried at St Thomas's Church, Greetland

Swallow, John ChambersRef 401-3291
[1877-1956] Son of Thomas Dawson Swallow.

He was a textile designer [1901] / a photographer [1911].

He lived at 69 Dudwell Lane, Halifax [1956].

He died in Halifax General Hospital [2nd February 1956].

Probate records show that he left effects valued at £1,024 19/4d.

Probate was granted to Harold Ingham Bearder and John Alfred Bearder.

Swallow, John HenryRef 401-1306
[1835-1899] JP.

Son of John Swallow.

Born at Sterne Mills, Copley [11th May 1835].

He was an advocate for a Free Library in Sowerby Bridge / Halifax Borough Treasurer / an employee of the Halifax Joint Stock Banking Company [1850] / First General Manager of the bank [1882] / a Governor of Heath Grammar School [1880] / a trustee of the Halifax Ragged School [1897].

On 27th September 1864, he married his cousin Mary Haslam Swallow at St Saviour, Chorlton upon Medlock.

Mary was the daughter of Charles Swallow


  1. Edith Mary [b 1866]
  2. Gertrude Alice [1869-1869]
  3. son [1871] who died in infancy
  4. Bertha Marian [1872-1873]
  5. Margaret Haslam [1875-1966]

They lived at Crow Wood Mansion, Sowerby Bridge.

John Henry died 7th September 1899 (aged 64).

Probate records show that he left effects valued at £5,486 1/3d.

Probate was granted to his widow Mary.

Children Gertrude Alice, infant son & Bertha Marian were buried at St Paul's Church, King Cross.

John Henry & other members of the family were buried at Sowerby Bridge Cemetery

Swallow, LeonardRef 401-1345
[1893-1916] Son of Elizabeth & John Edward Swallow of 33 Blenheim Gardens, Wallington, Surrey.

Born at Hebden Bridge.

During World War I, he served as a Company Sergeant Major with the 1st Battalion Honourable Artillery Company.

He died 15th November 1916 (aged 23).

He was buried at Ancre British Cemetery, Beaumont-Hamel, France [Special Mem. 14].

Swallow, RichardRef 401-1403
[1890-1942] MM.

Son of John Swallow.

Born in North Skelton in Cleveland, Yorkshire.

He was a member of Stainland Mechanics' Institute / a woollen-hand of Stainland [1910] / a twister woollen [1911].

In 1910, he married Catherine Gladys Round [1889-19??] at St Andrew's Church, Stainland.

Catherine Gladys, of Northowram, was born in New Bolderton, Nottingham, the daughter of Joe Round, painter

Child: Vera [b 1911]

They lived at

  • New Street, Stainland [with Richard's sister Annie  1911]
  • Coldwell Hills, Stainland [1916]

During World War I, he enlisted in Halifax [August 1914] – the first volunteer from Stainland to join Kitchener's Army – and served as a Private with the Duke of Wellington's (West Riding Regiment).

He was sent to France [May 1916].

He was wounded in the abdomen [October 1916].

He was awarded the Military Medal on the Somme [5th October 1916]

He was a stretcher-bearer and made 5 journeys between the trench and the dressing station under heavy artillery fire, and although buried 3 times, he was successful in getting his men to safety

He was wounded in the right forearm [January 1917], and in the left thigh [August 1917].

At a concert at Stainland Mechanics' Institute [March 1917], Councillor B. Priestley (Vice-President) and James Rothwell (President) presented the Military Medal to Private Swallow.

In January 1919, he applied for a disability award from the army, for the wounds to his arm and thigh. He was assessed by the Military Hospital in Halifax to have a disability of less than 20%, and was granted a one-off gratuity of £35 [April 1919].

His photograph appears with a report of his story in the Halifax Courier [25th November 1916].

He survived the War.

A Richard Swallow died Q1 1942 (aged 52)  in Calder Reg. District

Swallow, Canon Richard DawsonRef 401-1356
[1847-1930] Son of John Swallow.

He was educated at Heath Grammar School and Corpus Christi College Cambridge.

He taught at Wellington College Preparatory School, Nottingham High School, and Archbishop Harnett's School, Chigwell.

He was Headmaster of Chigwell Grammar School His sister Mary Eliza was Matron at the school.

He was a well-known and respected educationalist.

He was Honorary Secretary of the Incorporated Association of Headmasters [1895-1912].

He was Honorary Canon at St Alban's [1905] at Chelmsford [1914], Rural Dean of West City [1917] and rector of St Mary Abchurch and St Lawrence Pountney, London

Swallow, RobertRef 401-1402
[1902-1944] Son of Kate Eliza & Ernest Swallow of Halifax.

He married Henrietta.

They lived in Halifax.

During World War II, he served as a Private with the Army Catering Corps.

He died 29th October 1944 (aged 42).

He was buried at Mierlo War Cemetery, Nederlands [Grave Ref II A 13]

Swallow, SamRef 401-1321
[1882-1918] Son of Ben Swallow.

Born in Halifax [Q4 1882].

He was a member of Queens Road United Methodist Church / a stone mason's apprentice [1901] / a mason of 37 Thackray Street, Halifax [1909] / a stone mason [1911] / a retort setter with Drake's.

In [Q1] 1909, he married Margaret Ellen Hayton [1881-19??] at Christ Church, Pellon.

Margaret Ellen, a comber of 37 Thackray Street, Halifax, was born in Ripon, the daughter of Alfred Hayton, driver

Child: Nellie [b 1909]

They lived at

  • 37 Thackray Street, Highroad Well, Halifax (with his parents)   [1911]
  • 4 Colin Street, Hanson Lane, Halifax [1918]

During World War I, he enlisted [13th July 1916] and served as a Private with the 1st/6th Battalion Duke of Wellington's (West Riding Regiment).

He went to France [17th October 1916]. He was wounded [April 1917] and returned to France in the following November. Around June 1918, he sustained head wounds.

He was killed in action at Cambrai [11th October 1918] (aged 36).

His photograph appears with reports of his death in the Halifax Courier [2nd November & 9th November 1918].

He was buried at Wellington Cemetery, Rieux-en-Cambresis, France [Grave Ref II D 9].

He is remembered in the Halifax Town Hall Books of Remembrance

Swallow, ThomasRef 401-3
[1815-18??] Born in Halifax.

He was a boot maker [1851] / a shoemaker [1861] / a boot maker [1871].

He married Sarah [1815-18??].

Sarah was born in Halifax


  1. Frank [b 1832] who was a boot closer [1851]
  2. Joseph [b 1837] who was a boot closer [1851], a shoemaker  [1861]
  3. Mary [1839-1858]
  4. Elizabeth [b 1844] who was a worsted spinner [1861] &  married William Halstead
  5. Emma [1846-1866] who was a worsted spinner [1861] & had a  son John Swallow who died [December 1863] in infancy  
  6. John [b 1850] who was a worsted spinner [1861], a warp  sizer [1871]
  7. Thomas [1852-1868] who was a jobber at a worsted mill  [1861]
  8. Benjamin [b 1855] who was a box pattern worker [1871]
  9. William Henry [b 1857] who was a doffer [1871]

The family lived at

  • Great Albion Street, Halifax [1851]
  • 13 Swan Street, Halifax [1861]
  • 10 Swan Street, Halifax [1871]

Living with them [in 1871] was granddaughter Sarah Ann Halstead [1871].

The children were buried at Lister Lane Cemetery [Plot 3593] with Allen Somers [1856-1860] & Mary Hannah Swallow [1866] - both unidentified

Swallow, Thomas DawsonRef 401-1222
[1836-1911] Son of John Swallow.

Born in Halifax.

He was a manager (floorcloth).

On 23rd August 1866, he married Mary Jane Chambers [1840-1919] at All Saints' Church, Dudwell.


  1. Kathleen Eliza [b 1867]
  2. Edgar Dawson [1869-1912] who died in Vancouver
  3. Thomas Harold [1870-1872]
  4. William [b 1873]
  5. Francis Henry [1874-1957] who died in Warrington
  6. Richard Dunn Dawson [1876-1965] who was a banker's clerk  [1901], a bank cashier [1911] and died in York
  7. John Chambers
  8. Arthur Reginald

The family lived at

  • North Mount, King Cross Road [1901]
  • 4 Savile Terrace, Halifax [1911]

Living with them [in 1911] was niece Charlotte Julia Swallow [b 1874]

Thomas, Mary Jane & infant Thomas Harold were buried at Christ Church, Pellon [Grave Refs: 2 FF 35 & 36]

Swallow, TurnerRef 401-1121
[1882-1916] Son of Martha & Benjamin Swallow of 2 Archer Street, King Cross Street, Halifax

He lived at

  • Blackpool
  • 13 High Street, Halifax

During World War I, and he served as a Private with the 12th Works Battalion Devonshire Regiment.

He died of wounds in Heytesbury Military Hospital, Wiltshire [13th December 1916] (aged 34).

He was buried at St John's Church, Sutton Veny, Wiltshire [322 D 12].

He is remembered in the Halifax Town Hall Books of Remembrance, and on the Memorial at United Reformed Church, Carlton Street

Swallow, WalterRef 401-4
[1847-1901] Born in Halifax.

He was a brass finisher [1871, 1881, 1891, 1901].

In [Q2] 1869, he married Sarah Ann Dignin [1850-1896] in Halifax.

Sarah Ann was born in Halifax


  1. Mary Jane [1869-1870]
  2. Annie Louise [1872-1905] who was a worsted winder [1891],  married Joseph Corina & was buried with her mother  
  3. John Edgar [1873-1875]
  4. James Lewis [b 1875] who was a brass finisher's  apprentice [1891]
  5. Ernest [b 1877] who was a worsted doffer [1891]
  6. Alfred [b 1879] who was a worsted doffer [1891], a  mechanic's fitter [1901]
  7. Sarah Eliza [1889-1890]
  8. Edith Alice [b 1883] who was a worsted twister [1901]
  9. Walter [b 1885] who was an oiler (worsted mill) [1901], a  worsted spinning overlooker [1911]
  10. Percy [b 1887] who was a spinning doffer [1901], a  labourer in worsted mill [1911]

They lived at

  • 3 Foster's Yard, Halifax [1871]
  • 33 Godley Road, Northowram [1881]
  • 10 Rhodes Street, Halifax [1891]
  • 20 Clay Street, Halifax [1911]

Living with them [in 1881] was brother-in-law William Henry Aked [b 1854] (painter).

Living with them [in 1891] was widowed mother-in-law Mary Ann Aked [b County Down 1821].

Sarah Ann died 3rd February 1896 (aged 46)  and was buried at Lister Lane Cemetery [Plot 2539] with the children (), and with John Aked [1832-1870] & John E Thorp [1876-1877].

In [Q3] 1897, Walter married Ruth Richardson [1850-19??] in Halifax.

Walter died in Halifax [Q3 1901] (aged 54).

His burial place is not yet known

Living with the widowed Ruth [in 1911] were sister-in-law Martha Richardson [b 1848] (twister in a worsted mill)  & niece Hannah Richardson [b 1883] (drawing hand in worsted mill).

A Ruth Swallow died in Halifax [Q1 1921] (aged 71) 

Her burial place is not yet known

Swallow, WilliamRef 401-762
[1835-1870] He was an engine tenter.

Hannah was born in Northowram.

She was a grocer [1881]



  1. James
  2. Ben
  3. Mary Ann [1848-30th November 1907] who married Simpson Squire

They lived at 7 Chatham Square, Halifax [1881].

Living with the widowed Hannah [in 1881] were sons James & Ben and their families

William died 22nd March 1870 (aged 35).

Hannah died 3rd November 1884 (aged 69).

Members of the family were buried at Lister Lane Cemetery [Plot 3432]

Swallow, Dr William HenryRef 401-2714
[1812-1847] Son of John Swallow.

He was Medical Officer for Halifax [1845]


Swallow surnameRef 401-1
There are 26 entries on the Calderdale Companion for people with the surname Swallow, as discussed in this SideTrack. This count does not include other forms of the surname.

Unattached BMDs for Swallow

Marriages 1897, 1907, 1927; Death 1899


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