IrvinDransfieldPOWTwenty-two-year-old Flight-Sergeant Irvin Dransfield stands between his father and mother in front of Haworth Parsonage on May 28, 1945.

An RAF navigator, he had been shot down over Stuttgart in 1944, and was a prisoner-of-war in Upper Silesia until being released by the Russians that April.

Here he is being welcomed home, in a Church Street decorated with flags and streamers, to a party in the Church Hall on the right, of which his father, Maurice Dransfield, was the caretaker.

There had just been a wedding at Haworth Parish Church that day (Sidney Joseph Howell, from Stourbridge, to Eunice Pettit, of Haworth), so the ground is liberally sprinkled with confetti. Mrs Pettit, the bride's mother, is standing prominently in a dark costume clutching her handbag under her arm.

Irvin Dransfield had attended Lees Council School and Keighley Boys' Grammar School, and worked for the Prudential Assurance Company before joining the RAF early in 1942 and gaining his 'wings' in Canada.

Source: Keighley News 'Memory Lane' November 2013

 

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