Mrs B. S. Shorten was a prominent early Salford Socialist, who lived with her husband Joseph in Longmead Road, Pendleton. She died on Sunday 22nd November, 1925, aged 46 and was buried at Weaste Cemetery on 27th November.
The Salford Reporter of 5th December 1925 reports: the memorial service for the late Mrs Shorten was held at the West Salford Socialist Sunday School, Milton Hall, Pendleton, on Sunday 29th November. After the hymn and opening declaration, the children sang Mrs Shorten's favourite hymn. A scholar recited the school precepts, following which the President spoke on Mrs Shorten's untiring and unselfish work in the school and the many other branches of the Socialist and Labour movements. He said she was a conscientious and sincere Socialist who put her Socialism in her work, never sparing herself wherever she was. The Socialist Sunday School, I.L.P., Women's and International movements, Salford Guardians and the Labour Movement all claimed and got her help and support. Her life was an example and inspiration to all who were working for the ideals of the Socialist Movement.
Then followed a rendering of Handel's "Largo" and the reading of three beautiful, short poems by Christina Rossetti. The ILP choir sang Mendelssohn's "Consolation" and "Morning Prayer" and the service closed with the scholars closing declaration "We have met in love, we now part in love. Let nothing of ours that is unworthy stain or soil the sweetness of this good day and may the time till we meet again be nobly spent in building up the walls and setting up the gates of the City of the Heart".