Delves, John Frederick (Carr, 1950)
Sophie Clayton

24/05/1933 - 19/12/2019

Attended Keighley Girls Grammar School. 1939- 1942. Bradford Boys. Grammar School 1942- 1946. Giggleswick School. 1946-1950.


Joined the sales division of bespoke weaving manufacturers W & H Foster & Co Ltd. of Denholme Mills, whilst attending a day course in worsted spinning & weaving at Bradford Technical College.


Served in the Army doing National Service. During this service he was stationed in West Germany in. B.A.O.R 12 and also in Japan, stationed in Kure, which was the European Headquarters for the Army fighting the Korean war.

John was promoted to the rank of Corporal and was attached, in this capacity, to The Religious Padre within the troops who were stationed at Kure. John qualified for a Korean Campaign Medal.


Returned to W & H Fosters as a salesman and remained as such until the company decided to go into voluntary liquidation, due in the main, to the lack of demand for military attire for all divisions of our defence forces, and because of the change of fashions from gaberdine raincoats, blue blazers, and grey flannel trousers. It was the time of the end of National Service for the United Kingdom.

John joined Fox Brothers, an old established high quality West Country weaving company. Subsequently he joined several weft-knitting fabric companies but none of them offered any form of long-term employment, all of them being subject to the vagaries of textile fashion.

From approx 1970 onwards he became self employed in various retail enterprises, subsequently retiring at the turn of the century.

He lived on Lingfield Drive, Keighley for all his married life to Shirley who he married in 1962. He left Shirley and their two sons Mark and Andrew. Subsequently Shirley died on November 18th 2020.