“Men of Worth is such a worthwhile project, offering people an insight into their ancestors as well as providing closure for those who do not know what became of their lost relatives.Lucy Rhodes, Great, Great, Granddaughter of Private Herbert Moore
Personally, witnessing the hard work that Andy and Ian put into making sure that my Great Great Grandfather, Herbert Moore, received the military honours and war grave he deserved was not only touching but extremely emotional. Herbert’s story has stuck with, not just me, but my whole family and it is thanks to Andy and Ian that he will remain with us for generations to come.
It is important for us to remember these men, women and children, and it is projects like the Men of Worth that do this work - on behalf of a nation obsessed with assuring that the stories and personal histories from our past, quite rightly, never get lost.
From my family and the next, we thank the Men of Worth and all who work alongside them.”
Great pride in my ancestors, the Bell brothers of Haworth
From the Keighley News issue of 3rd Apr 2014
It was with great pride that I read your feature on the Bell brothers of Haworth – Saving Private Ryan plot was real life for Keighley men (Keighley News, March 27). Why? Because they were related to me. My dad, Bob Pickard (named Joseph Robert after his grandad), researched the story of his grandad Joseph Bell and his brothers, James, John, Herbert and Lawrence (Laurie) beginning in 1989 when he was made redundant from his job as a printer. During the following seven years he worked hard on their stories, writing to regiments, the War Office etc, bringing together a folder filled with every bit of information we could need in the future. He also visited every grave except Herbert’s, because that is in a war zone.
Thank you for featuring them and bringing their story to the attention of the national media. I am extremely proud of my ancestors.
HaworthJayne Pickard, Original article written by David Knights of The Keighley News
Comments on our four month long Somme exhibition in Keighley Library which ran from 2nd July to 20th November 2016 and 'The Somme' film showing at Keighley Picture House on the centenary of it's first showing there in 1916.
Date Initials Comments 16th April 2016 S L G B Very good. 21st July 2016 J L Very good as always. You do a great job. B L Very interesting. Will come back to see the film. (Somme Film showing) J L A very moving display. What a waste of young lives! 23rd July 2016 T A An incredible amount of hard work, absolutely incredible. O C Fascinating insight into local history. 30th July 2016 M H Wonderful exhibition. Thank you for bringing our wonderful service men "back to life!!" We must never forget the sacrifice these men made. 9th August 2016 A A Great exhibition. Good way to remember the heroes who served for their country. Great men. 12th August 2016 M G W A display of great affection and respect for the fallen. Done with pride, love, respect and dedication. Thank you from the town. 3rd September 2016 N H Great! S W R Very interesting. A M D Excellent. C B Excellent!! Well done. I D Fantastic. M G Very informative and interesting. M G Fascinating. 4th September 2016 G N Excellent. J N Very informative and interesting. 10th September 2016 I W Interesting and enlightening. J G Very, very interesting. It puts the whole thing in perspective. J D Very informative, very helpful, brilliant information to help with record searching. M H Great to see this film in a public setting, much better with the music than on YouTube – Thank you. T W A wonderful exhibition. Well worth seeing. From an old contemptibles' son. P D Excellent exhibition with very informative information. D K N Very very good. A most interesting afternoon. K & J B (Canada) A very good and important exhibition, remembering all those who gave so much for what we enjoy today. Thank you Ian and Andy. A G Excellent, moving, informative display. I've found more details about my great uncle Pte F K died 3/9/1916.
From the Keighley News 26th November 2015:
ON SUNDAY I was honoured to attend the very moving unveiling ceremony of Private Herbert Moore's headstone at Oakworth Cemetery.
This was an official First World War headstone that is to recognise the sacrifice Pte Moore made.
It is thanks to the Men of Worth Project and the research it has carried out that Pte Moore is now recognised by the Commonwealth War Graves Commission as a casualty of war.
The work of the Men of Worth Project is led by Andy and Helen Wade and Ian Walkden, and I wish to thank them for all the work they do to recognise the sacrifice that was made by so many local men.
The dedication on Sunday was attended by members of Pte Moore's family, civic leaders and many local people, and was supported by Oakworth Village Society.
COUNCILLOR REBECCA POULSEN
Worth Valley Ward, Bradford CouncilRebecca Poulsen, Worth Valley Ward Councillor for Bradford Metropolitan District Council