geraint, on 01 November 2011 - 11:17 AM, said:
I found that they appreciated being 'pushed' in that direction by an enthusiastic local historian (me!!), and they responded well. If you highlight the sacrifices made by all townsfolk during the war they may well respond far more than you anticipate!
Yes, that's the direction I want to take it in, so that each councillor can look at their own constituency and encourage their own area to contribute and even take part if they wish.
This is a rough draft of what I'll be saying to them this Thursday:
The Men of Worth project
We are a group of about a dozen local people who do both individual research and group research to create biographies of the men and women of Keighley and the Worth Valley who served the country during wartime.
We put on displays highlighting our work and encourage people to bring information on their relatives for the project. The project covers from the Boer War period up to the present day, subject to data protection constraints where those persons are still living. Anyone who was born or has lived in the area is eligible for inclusion and we would rather include than exclude someone who is ‘borderline’.
The project started in 2005, from a desire of mine to research the names on Oakworth’s war memorial, but soon spread to cover nearby memorials simply because people moved about and may have been born in Oakworth but moved to Ingrow or vice versa. The lines become somewhat blurred when researching people. What started as a hobby has become a serious historical research project. We have some information online on a free website, but most of it is contained on our computers, ready for upload when the new database is compiled. We have no idea when the project will be completed as we hope people will continue to bring information forward for many years to come.
2014 - Preparation for the commemoration of the centenary of World War One.
The project is a member of the First World War Centenary Partnership with the Imperial War Museum who are leading the nation’s commemorations, and any events we take part in will be promoted by the Partnership.
What Men of Worth
intends to do come the 2014 to 2018 period:
What do we want from council?
- Put on a series of display/exhibitions both in Keighley and local villages to show details of the local men and women who served. Not just names on war memorials but those who served and returned.
- Support local and schools events with information about those who served.
- We also intend to give more talks to local interest groups and schools to promote the project and engender interest from local people and schoolchildren to research their relatives and other local people who qualify for inclusion to the project.
- Involve the Keighley News – this newspaper was the main source of information 1914 to 1918 and we feel it should be the same from 2014 to 2018. We have yet to approach them about this, but they are aware of our project and have kindly supported us in the past with reports of events and biographies of selected individuals in the newspaper.
- Produce information that will map Keighley and District's part in the war, by street and by area as information allows.
We hope that council could add their support to the project, not necessarily through funding (although that would of course be appreciated), but if individual councillors would like to promote our work with their own constituents who might have an interest then we would be glad of the publicity. We feel that the project is the best chance for us to record all the information on the subject, all in one place and available worldwide through the website as well as in the local libraries and schools.
What will Council do in 2014?
We hope that Council would join in with and support any local events and take an active part in remembering the thousands of young men who marched off down Cavendish Street to Keighley Railway Station to fight in the Great War, quite a lot of whom did not return. This is an excellent opportunity for us to educate people and mark our own contribution to the Great War which began in August 1914.
Keighley’s first man killed was Private Thomas Shellabear of the Duke of Wellington’s Regiment. He was from Ingrow, and was killed in action on 24th
August 1914. Hundreds more followed him over the next four years.