Appeal for Keighley cycling club plaque

First published in News

The team behind a military history initiative has appealed for public help to find a lost First World War memorial.

With the 100th anniversary of the start of the Great War approaching and the Tour de France due to arrive in less than six months, members of the Men of Worth Project are hoping to track down the location of a memorial that used to be kept in the old Keighley Albion Cycling Club, honouring members who lost their lives in the conflict.

Project spokesman, Andy Wade, who lives in Oakworth, explained: “The memorial was last seen in the 1970s at Keighley Albion’s clubhouse in Halifax Road.

“We’d like to hear from people who were members of the Keighley Albion Cycling Club, and learn whether they remember this memorial and know where it might be today.”

Fellow Men of Worth member, Ian Walkden, said he and his colleagues had been searching for the memorial for years, and paid tribute to local researcher, Duncan Lodge, for providing the few descriptive details that exist concerning the memorial and its history.

The cycling club’s premises were damaged by a fire in the 1970s, and Mr Walkden fears if this was the case, the memorial might have been destroyed.

An article about the memorial from a May 1921 edition of the Keighley News says it was unveiled by a Jonas Bradley, from Stanbury, adding it commemorated four club members killed in the war.

The same article states the memorial: “... took the form of a handsomely framed picture containing the photograph of those who made the supreme sacrifice.

“Altogether, there were about 22 members (or former members) of the club who served their country.”

Mr Wade said if the memorial is found, he would ideally like it to be put on public display, or at least presented to Cliffe Castle Museum to guarantee its long-term survival.

Visit menofworth.org.uk, e-mail iwkeighley@btinternet.com or call 07767 611347 if you can help with the search.

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