Aireborough Historical Society

Chippendale, Martha

Martha Chippendale
Date November 1942
Location Yeadon
Photo ID
X411 & X420

There has just come into my hands a new sixpenny booklet entitled "Salute To A Mill-girl", a lively biography of Martha Chippendale, who, at 10 was a halftimer in the mill near her home in Yeadon and who, when she died in 1926 was a Brigadier of the Salvation Army, a Member of the Order of the British Empire, the friend to thousands of men and women who had served in the Forces and the heroine of the entire Army in which she had risen to such a high rank.

      Her biographer, Brigadier Frederick Coutts of the Salvation Army, tells how Martha was working at the mill when to the unexciting world of Yeadon came a detachment of the Salvation Army, She was amazed to see an out-size poster announcing 

the Salvation Army then in its infancy and helped to make it the great and powerful organisation it has now become.

                  The King's Congratulation

     Martha Chippendale acquired such a knowledge of King's Regulations that she became a veritable encyclopedia.

When the last war broke out she was at the height of her powers.

Knowledge of her great work during those four years was recognised when King George V decorated her with her MBE and had a special word of congratulation for the first Salvation Army woman officer to be so honoured.

     Martha Chippendale insisted at Easter 1926 upon going home to Yeadon.

She was well when she left London but a day or so after her arrival she died.

She was buried with her bonnet and shawl upon her coffin and buglers came from Pontefract Barracks to sound the Last Post".


Image courtesy of the British Newspaper Archives, research by Edwy Harling


June 1918:  Order of the British Empire

                         Local Recipients

  In continuation of the King's Birthday Honours List, we publish another section of awards of the Order of the British Empire for services in connection with the war :-

          To Be Members of the Order

Miss Lucy Mary Montagu Atkinson, Quartermaster, Devizes Auxiliary Hospital.

John William Owen Baines Esq. Director of Flour and Bread Section, Ministry of Food. 

Samuel Henry Gilmore Barnett Esq. Works Manager at National Shell Factory.

Miss Elizabeth Bowles, Commandant, Lydney Auxiliary Hospital, Gloucestershire.

    Major John Carr, Recruiting Area Commander Bristol City, Ministry of National Service.

George Russell Chapman Esq. Secretary, Hut Week Department, YMCA.

Miss Martha Chippendale, Major, Salvation Army, Secretary of the Naval and Military League.

George Arthur Collins Esq. Local Manager of Avonmouth Docks.

Miss Mabel Agnes Daubeny, Local War Pensions Committee, Clifton.

Owen Davis Esq. Commandant of Voluntary Aid Detachments, Dinas Powys and St Pagans, in charge of Transport, of Wounded, Glamorganshire.Arthur Robert Dawson Esq. Collector of Customs and Excise, Port of Cardiff.

Mrs Ethel Mary Devereux, Commandant, Tewkesbury Auxiliary Hospital, Gloucestershire.

Mrs Elizabeth Mary Evens, Commandant, Fore House Auxiliary Hospital, Leigh Woods, Somersetshire.


Image courtesy of the British Newspaper Archives, research by Edwy Harling.


April 1926: Salvation Army Memorial Service

      In connection with the Naval and Military League of the Salvation Army, a well attended Memorial Service to the late Brigadier Martha Chippendale was held at No.2 Hall, Kingston Road, last evening.

Commandant Harrison conducted the service and with other speakers, paid a tribute to the long and valued service of the late Brigadier who was greatly esteemed.

The Portsmouth no. 2 band, under Bandmaster A Ford rendered suitable music and the songsters under Songster Leader Ford (Sen.) assisted with vocal music.


Image courtesy of the British Newspaper Archives, research by Edwy Harling. This extract is from the Portsmouth Evening News.


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