A Few Words About Us

(l to r) Project Directors Ian Walkden and Andy Wade

Ian and Andy looking at local newspaper archives in Keighley Library

The Men of Worth Project researches local people who served the country in wartime. We follow all currently available sources of information that we can find, and use the information in these sources to create a biography about each person for our archive. This is displayed in the form of a time-line of their life and accompanied by photographs if we have them.
We do this simply because we believe their stories should be preserved and told to future generations. We do not support war and we certainly do not celebrate it. A great deal of the people we have researched died defending their position and we simply recognise that and do not judge them.
We are also researching local conscientious objectors (who obviously did not serve) and their treatment, because they were part of our society at the time and we hope anyone examining the reasons for this may find our research on them useful.
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Men of Worth is actively run by Project Directors Andy Wade and Ian Walkden, along with our other Director Helen Wade, who fulfills a supporting role. Members Carole Hodge, Kat Hyde, Lynn Parker, Jimmy Vaughan, Laura Goodchild and Oliver Robertson help with some of the research and events.

Initially, it began in 2001 with Andy's desire to record all of our local war graves and memorials located in our cemeteries and then looking more directly at researching the details of the men listed on the Oakworth War memorial in Holden Park. This soon developed into a larger need to include men from the village who were not actually listed on the memorial, and for various reasons were named on other local war memorials, often to do with their surviving family members moving elsewhere after the war, so the research naturally expanded into other villages.

We had both been involved with Remembrance for many years, and we agreed it would be apt for us to work more closely together in this Project.

After Ian joined in 2007, it became clear that we would have to define boundaries for the Project and we settled on Keighley and the Worth Valley, and this area is covered by the Bradford postcode districts of BD20, BD21 and BD22. We include Oxenhope in our research because this is an integral part of our local community, although geographically it is not part of the Worth Valley which actually runs along the course of the Worth River past Stanbury and Oldfield to Watersheddles Reservoir at Two Laws.

Our members at the stand for Haworth 1940's Day, 25th September 2021

Laura, Carole and Kat at our Haworth event in 2021, flanked by Andy and Ian.

In 2021 we welcomed three new active members, Laura Goodchild, Carole Hodge and Kat Hyde to the Project and in 2022, they were joined by Jimmy Vaughan, Oliver Robertson and Lynn Parker in 2022. They all live locally and will be undertaking specific research on the local women and some men who served in the Great War period and are recorded in Red Cross index cards. The research will involve looking at the information on the cards and matching this with civil records to create biography profiles. These will then be uploaded to our online blog and used in a dedicated 'Women of Worth' section website and in our displays and exhibitions. They will also look at local Great War and WW2 records for other women who served in these periods of history.

We would like to take this opportunity to thank some people for their inspiration, expert help and assistance with the research work of our project and help with displaying our exhibition material in the library.
Keighley News staff: Richard Parker, Alistair Shand, David Knights, and Miran Rahman for their continued and much appreciated support, and coverage of our work throughout the Great War Centenary period.
Friends: Steven Wood, Eddie Kelly, Loraine Petyt and Sylvia Valentine, for their expert knowledge and guidance in all matters archive and research related.
Ian Dewhirst: Former library staff member at Keighley Reference Library (now Local Studies Library). For his expert knowledge and a lifetime of inspiring work in highlighting local history.
Keighley Local Studies Library: Caroline Brown - Local Studies Development Officer, and Staff Members - Simon Rourke, Gina Birdsall, Janet, Angela and Andrew for their invaluable assistance.
Keighley and District Local History Society, in particular archivists Tim Neal, Steve Bown and Chairperson Joyce Newton and the other committee members for their continued support of our Project.

The Men of Worth Project C.I.C. (Community Interest Company) was registered with Companies House with effect from 24th June 2013. Our Directors are: Andy Wade, Ian Walkden and Helen Wade.
If you have a similar project operating in Keighley and the Worth Valley area (or even nearby) and would like to contribute to, or work with the Men of Worth Project C.I.C, please get in touch.
If you have any information, pictures or documents related to the aims of this project then we'd love to hear from you.
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11 Responses

  1. Dear Mr Wade, Could you please give permission for the above website to use your photograph of Ivor Tempest Greenwood? It's really nice to see that you have managed to get him included by the CWGC. Yours sincerely, John Richardson
    • Andy Wade
      For anyone reading this, I have already responded by email to give consent for this picture to be used.. Andy Wade.
  2. I have seen information in the Keighley News about the work you have done in regard to Cross Roads Primitive Methodist Sunday School memorial. I edit the My Primitive Methodist Ancestors Website, part of the Methodist Heritage suite of Community Archive websites. It would be great if we could feature this work on our website with due acknowledgement to yourselves.
    • Andy Wade
      For anyone reading this, I have already responded by email to share information. Regards, Andy Wade.
  3. I sent you details of my Grandfather Frederick Coates yesterday I do hope that you received them. It will be the 100th Anniversary of his death come the 5th September. I have only this last few days that I received notice of the column in the Keighley News, as I live i n the north of Scotland now, I have a sister in Haworth who has just told me of your interest in men who have been in WW1
  4. I am researching the life of John Edwin Sunderland, 1885-1956, from Oakworth. He was an artist and served, I believe, as a camouflage artist with the Royal Garrison Artillery in WW1. It is this aspect of his life that I wanted to verify, and I wonder if you have a record of his war service, and any more information about how long he served, what rank and theatre of war (I believe he was in France), and if, in fact, he was in the camouflage section of the RGA. Any help you could give would be greatly appreciated. If you had a photo of him that would be a real bonus!
    • Andy Wade
      Hi Colin, yes we do have some information. I'll get in touch with you by email. Best wishes, Andy.
  5. Hello, I wonder whether you can satisfy my curiosity. I have become interested, during lockdown , in finding and photographing all of the Commonwealth War Graves in Utley cemetery. The CWGC website gives details of 60 men buried in Utley cemetery and I have found the graves of 59 of them . However , one man has no marked grave , and I wondered if it was possible to find out why not. He was Sgt. Douglas Pritchard, who died on 18/06/1944 and is buried in plot N90. According to Keighley Cemeteries dept, ( whom I telephoned today) there are 4 other people buried in this plot, including his parents Wilson and Sarah Jane Pritchard of Silsden--but according to their records, there is no headstone on this grave. I am puzzled as to why the CWGC have not placed a memorial headstone for this man- or perhaps they are looking into it? Or is it not permitted when it is a shared family plot?
    • Andy Wade
      Hi Jenny, We don't have a great deal on Sergeant Douglas Pritchard but we'll certainly look into this. I should be able to get down to Utley Cemetery this week and see what's there. It does sound rather odd that there's no headstone for him. He certainly died in service during WW2, when he was a crew member of a Halifax bomber which crashed on a training mission on 18th June 1944.
  6. Hello there. Over the years on and off I've tried finding out more about my Grandfather Ernest Butler who joined the Bradford Pals in 1914. I've seen his name on the list that was published in the Bradford paper at the time. His occupation was listed as electrical jointer and he was born in 1884 in Bradford I was hoping you might have any information or even a photo of him. We know he was medically discharged in 2015 due to been part deaf to a " childhood crushing injury ". We think he lived at Bengal terrace at some point but he does appear to have moved around a lot in the Bradford area during his lifetime. I hope you can help on any way. Thanks
    • I don't suppose this is the same Ernest Butler who was killed in the Bradford Low Moor munitions factory explosion in 1916? This one was brother to my paternal grandmother.

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