Albert Street

Albert Street Baptist Church War Memorial

This war memorial board was unveiled in the church in 1921 and a report of the event appeared in the Keighley News dated 8th October of the same year.

Albert Street Baptist Church war memorial

Albert Street Baptist Church war memorial board

The frame is made of oak and the central panel is bronze and inscribed with fourteen names of men from the church who died in the Great War. There is a laurel wreath in the centre of the bronze panel.


The inscription reads:
THEY BEING DEAD YET SPEAK   IN GRATEFUL MEMORY OF

GEORGE CLIFFORD COLE
GEORGE FREDERICK DAY
HAROLD FIRTH
WILLIAM HORSMAN
WILL LAYCOCK
WILLIE MERRALL
FRANK OVEREND
MERVYN GODFREY PAGET
CHARLIE PAGE
HANDEL PARKER
ARTHUR B. SMITH
ERNEST SMITH
EDWIN SMITH
ALBERT SPENCER
"WHO PASSED OUT OF THE SIGHT OF MEN BY THE PATH OF DUTY AND SELF-SACRIFICE IN THE GREAT WAR 1914 - 1919"
LET THOSE WHO COME AFTER SEE THAT THEIR NAME AND PURPOSE BE NOT FORGOTTEN"


The church was closed (possibly around 1981) and the building was taken over by an Asian organisation.
The church's records covering from 1791 to 1981 are held at Keighley Local Studies Library, archive box BK16/1
This memorial is currently in the care of Cliffe Castle Museum, Keighley.

2 Responses

  1. Is your society only concerned with casualties during the wars or do you include all who served? My father served in the 2nd World War but I’m afraid I don’t have much information I.e. regiment etc although he did eventually end up as a Chindit in Burma. He was at Dunkirk and I understand was given a small Civic welcome on his return. I have always been told that he was met off the train at Ingrow Station by the mayor & I think a band? I would love to know more but don’t have a clue where to begin. His name was Peter Joseph Michael O’Neill and would have lived on Grafton Road,Keighley at the time. I apologise if this type of enquiry is not something you deal with I’ve just come across the site on the internet as a I was looking for some history of Keighley.
    • Andy Wade
      Yes, we certainly are interested Anne. I'm away at the moment but will get in touch with you after our holidays.

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