The Commonwealth War Graves Commission is always very keen to raise awareness of our local war graves and get people to take more of an interest and even adopt them, take care of them and keep them tidy.
That shouldn't be too difficult here in Oakworth, as we have just five of them in our local cemetery.
This should always be done with permission. Most of these graves are private and some people might not take kindly to a stranger coming and cleaning a grave. Even the ones cared for by the Commonwealth War Graves Commision should be adopted with their support and we do not recommend you just go a start cleaning up a grave.
Please contact them first if you'd like to get involved through their CWGC Volunteering page.
Oakworth has five actual war graves, in two cemeteries.
Keighley (Oakworth) Cemetery:
The Great War:
Harold Thompson Holmes
Oakworth (Christchurch) Graveyard:
They are recognised by the Imperial War Museum and the War Memorials Trust as actual war memorials, they represent a family's grief and desire to remember their lost relative who died 'in a foreign field', which the family had little or no chance of visiting on a regular basis and for those who did visit them, this was probably their one chance in their lifetime that they could afford to visit them at all.
In order to give themselves a place to visit and to remember, they chose to memorialise their relative on their own family gravestone.
One man, William Norman Coates is memorialised on his parents family gravestone and his grandparent's family gravestone in two separate cemeteries in the village.
Oakworth's family war memorials:
There are four cemeteries in the village and three of them have a number of war memorial inscriptions on family gravestones.
Keighley (Oakworth) Cemetery has sixteen memorial incriptions:
Slack Lane Baptist Chapel graveyard has two war memorial inscriptions:
Oakworth's Dockroyd Graveyard has five war memorial inscriptions: