How to join us

Membership of our project is free to anyone who would like to join us.
If you would like to work with, or join our Project, please contact Andy Wade through our Contact form

Here are a few bits of information first, so you can see what we do:

We don't have set meetings as such but we take part in events and meet informally down at Keighley library from time to time on occasional evenings and sometimes on Saturdays to check the archive records for specific individuals. We respond to people contacting us about their relatives.

A lot of the research we do is done on-line, we have membership of, and download records from Ancestry, Find My Past and the National Archives and use the information in these to distill a time-line biography for individuals. You can help us with this by learning (through us if you like) how to read and interpret these records and transcribe them.


We can help you with this.

'Local War Casualties' column

A 'Local War Casualties' column

We also need your help to transcribe newspaper records. We have scanned the whole of the Keighley News archive from the Great War period and are slowly transcribing the 'Local War Casualties' columns and separating the individuals mentioned into their own archive folders. This is painstaking work and requires a degree of typing skills (We both type using two fingers so don't worry too much about that) ...and a desire to read old newspapers.


There's a post on our blog here which explains how you can get involved with this aspect of the Men of Worth Project. Apart from anything else, you'll get a unique insight into the stories of these people, reading the information about them just as their relatives and friends would have done a hundred years ago.


We will help you to do this.

looking at Newspaper records

Ian and Andy looking at newspaper records in Keighley Library

Be careful though, reading old newspapers can be infectious. I'm sure everyone has experience of wrapping delicate things up in old newspapers when moving house, and spending too much time actually reading the newspapers instead of getting on with wrapping your possessions!

We also set up and take part in local events to promote the work of our project. The events we get involved in are listed on our events page.

If you're interested in getting involved with these events, even in a small way we would be grateful of your help. You can help as little or as much as you like and we will never push people into something that they don't want to do, it's entirely up to you.

6 Responses

  1. A while ago after my father died I found a WW1 medal issued to a private Spencer of Keighley I have a bit more info as supplied by the Green Howard's Regt. would you be interested in the medal and info I have (he died in France 1918). I do not want anything for the medal and would like to get it back to his home town if anyone is interestd. Best Regards Joe
    • Andy Wade
      Thank you very much for this Joe, I've responded to your email. Best wishes, Andy
  2. CSM Frank L. Bannister 404619 was from Keighley
  3. Hi, I am interested in supporting the project. As a Historian , retired History teacher and guide for Zeitgeist Tours leading groups on tours of Ieper and the Somme I am interested in supporting the project. My particular interest is looking at the big events of `history through the Lens of individuals and their personal lives. Kind regards, Steven
  4. Oliver, John Edward | Private | West Yorks Regt, was killed in 1919. He was my granddad Jack Best's uncle and his mother's brother. He was 17 years old as far as I know. The family lived in Parkwood.
  5. Hi.i would like to join the men of worth project very much.thanks steve

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