Arthur Calrow Armitage (1847-1931)

Major Arthur Calrow Armitage was a Huddersfield manufacturer, linked to the Meltham firm of Jonas Brook and Brothers, and a magistrate for the West Riding.


He was born in 1847, the son of Huddersfield merchant wool stapler John Armitage and his wife Harriet (née Calrow), and was baptised on 23 October 1847 in Bury, Lancashire.

The 1851 Census lists his family living at Park Cottage, Yew Green, Lockwood, along with four servants.

By 1871, he was was residing at Mount Cottage, Meltham, where his occupation was given as "cotton spinner". A coachman and a cook were also listed on the Census return.

He married Alice Barbara Morris, daughter of William Morris J.P. of Halifax, on Wednesday 31 October 1877 at St. Peter's Church, Sowerby Bridge, and they lived at the newly-built Durker Roods, Meltham.[1] They had five known children:

  • Elsie Barbara Armitage (1878-?)[2]
  • Maud Harriet Armitage (1880-?)[3]
  • John Morris Armitage (1881-?)[4]
  • Marion Alice Armitage (c.1882-?)[5]
  • Francis Arthur William Armitage (1883-1918)[6]

By the early 1880s, the family was also spending much of their time in Kirkcudbright, Scotland, where their daughter Marion was born.

He had been a Captain in the Yeomanry Cavalry and became a Major in 1884.[7]

The family finally moved away from the Meltham area and Durker Roods was placed for sale in June 1890.

By 1915, he was a shareholder in the Great Western Railway Company.

His youngest son, Lt. Colonel Francis Arthur William, was killed in action on 22 April 1918 during the Pacaut Wood offensive by the 1st Hampshires. A plaque in his honour was placed in All Saints' Church, Challoch.[8]

He died on 22 March 1931 in Sussex.[9]

Notes and References

  1. "Marriage of Arthur Calrow Armitage, Esq., of Meltham" in Huddersfield Chronicle (03/Nov/1877).
  2. Born 10 September 1878 and baptised 29 October 1878 at St. Bartholomew, Meltham. Served as a nurse during the First World War.
  3. Born 15 February 1880 and baptised 17 April 1880 at St. Bartholomew, Meltham. Volunteered with the British Red Cross during the First World War and was stationed at Palermo.
  4. Born 1 June 1881 at Durker Roods and baptised 20 July 1881 at St. Bartholomew, Meltham.
  5. Married Caesar de Galiani of the Italian Army (source Annals of the Church and Parish of Almondbury, Yorkshire (1882) - by Charles Augustus Hulbert).
  6. Born 12 September 1883 in Kirkcudbright, Scotland. Educated at Cheltenham and Sandhurst Royal Military College. Served in India from 1902 to 1911. Achieved the rank of Lieutenant Colonel. Married Eileen Constance Rouviere on 29 December 1915 at St. Giles' Church, Whittington, Lichfield. Killed in action on 22 April 1918 at Pacaut Wood and was buried at Gonnehem. Their daughter, Joy Frances Armitage was born 28 August 1918.
  7. "Military News" in York Herald (25/Oct/1884).
  8. The Scottish War Memorials Project
  9. Probate granted to John Morris Armitage and Elsie Barbara Armitage, effects worth £117,788 7s. 11d.

Arthur Calrow Armitage (1847-1931)


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