Category Archives: Keighley

Saddler Walter Brooke

Driver/Saddler Walter Brooke, Army Service Corps. Service number: T4/057537. [caption id="attachment_8135" align="alignleft" width="266"] Walter Brook at reform school, aged about fifteen.[/caption] Early life: Walter was born on 21st May 1895 and his birth was registered in Keighley in the third quarter of that year. His father Asa was a machine shop labourer and his mother…
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VAD Esther Evelyn Graham

Voluntary Aid Detachment page Esther Evelyn Graham Nursing, General Service [caption id="attachment_7716" align="alignnone" width="300"] The entry showing Esther Evelyn Graham's baptism[/caption] Esther Evelyn Graham was born November 24th 1897 and baptised May 29th 1898 at St. Andrew’s Church in Keighley. Her parents were John James Graham, a farmer from Holy Rood in Scotland and Mary…
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QMAAC Frances Hildred Mitchell

Frances Hildred Mitchell Worker, Queen Mary's Army Auxiliary Corps, number 39581 [caption id="attachment_7695" align="alignnone" width="198"] Frances Hildred Mitchell, QMAAC[/caption] Early life: Frances was born October 25th 1895 in Keighley and baptised on December 28th that year, at St. Barnabas Church, the family lived at Park Wood Top at the time. Her father was Francis Wade…
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HMS Marne – the prize bugle

HMS Marne and the prize bugle. Recently a Mr Towers contacted Keighley and District Local History Society enquiring about an historical event in 1946. His father Able Seaman J. D. Towers had been a member of the Royal Navy in WWII and had served on HMS Marne. During one of her operations in the Mediteranean…
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Private Arthur Dinsdale

This is one of a series of posts about local men named on the Keighley Union Workhouse roll of honour. Arthur's mother Margaret was in the workhouse in 1911 and we think Arthur spent time there as well, although he does not appear in any census for the workhouse. Private, 1/6th Battalion, Duke of Wellington's…
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