First name/s: Bert
Last name: Starkie
Known names / nicknames: Berty or Bertie
Date of birth: 31/10/1884
Year of birth: 1884
Life before Ruskin
Date and place of birth: 31 October 1884 Ostwaldtwistle, Lancashire
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Trade Union membership (at time of entry to Ruskin)
Life at Ruskin
Dates at Ruskin:Before 1914
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Life after Ruskin
Work: He returned to Oswaldtwistle after World War One and moved to Manchester c. 1930.
Politics/trade union activity: Bert reported that he had ‘gone through the mill’ on behalf of his conscientious principles. He was in a C.O corps in France. Secretary of the Manchester, Salford and District Weavers, Winders and Doublers Association from 1935 until his death in 1949. Active in the Labour Party in Manchester.
Family: married Mabel Harriet Wells who worked in the household of Gilbert Slater, the Principal of Ruskin. 2 children Sheila and Idwal
Place & date of death: Manchester, 1949
Date of death: 17/05/1949
Year of death: 1949
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Comment of contributor/s and sources
This meagre information is drawn from a pamphlet ‘The Ruskin College Fellowship and the First World War’ written by Alan Shepherd.
According to infomation received from those compiling the database on conscientious objectors nationally, two brothers Bertie and Christopher Starkie from Oswaldtwistle, Lancashire were known to be COs.
Additional information has been provided by Jackie Wetton.