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David William HARKER

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Surname: HARKER

Forename(s): David William

Place of Birth: Swineley (Hawes), Yorkshire

Service No: 16723

Rank: Private

Regiment / Corps / Service: Dragoon Guards, 7th (Princess Royal’s)

Battalion / Unit: ---

Division: 3rd Cavalry Division

Age: 26

Date of Death: 1918-08-08

Awards: ---

CWGC Grave / Memorial Reference: Panel 2.

CWGC Cemetery: ---

CWGC Memorial: VIS-EN-ARTOIS MEMORIAL

Non-CWGC Burial: ---

Local War Memorial: HAWES, YORKSHIRE

Additional Information:

David William Harker was the son of Thomas and Margaret Harker, née Metcalfe. Thomas was born at Muker and Margaret at Hawes, Yorkshire.

1901 Widdale, near Hawes, Yorkshire Census: Swinely [sic] - David William Harker, aged 9 years, born Hawes, Yorkshire, son of Margaret Harker, widow.

1911 Widdale, near Hawes, Yorkshire Census: Swineley - David William Harker, aged 19 years, born Hawes, Yorkshire, son of Margaret Harker, widow.

British Army WW1 Medal Rolls Index Cards: Pte David W. Harker, GS/21430 & D/16723, 7th Dragoon Guards.

David was killed in action at the Battle of Amiens, 8th-11th August, 1918.

A short biography of David is included in: ‘Wensleydale Remembered - The Sacrifice made by the Families of a Northern Dale 1914-1918 and 1939-1945’ by Keith Taylor (2004).

Data Source: Craven’s Part in the Great War - original CPGW book entry

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Entry in West Yorkshire Pioneer Illustrated War Record: ---

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Private David William HARKER

Private David William HARKER

Regiment / Corps / Service Badge: Dragoon Guards, 7th (Princess Royal’s)

Regiment / Corps / Service Badge: Dragoon Guards, 7th (Princess Royal’s)

Divisional Sign / Service Insignia: 3rd Cavalry Division

Divisional Sign / Service Insignia: 3rd Cavalry Division

Data from Soldiers Died in the Great War 1914 - 1919 Records

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Surname: HARKER

Forename(s): David Willimam [sic]

Born: Swinley, York

Residence: Nelson

Enlisted: Ormskirk

Number: 16723

Rank: Private

Regiment: Household Cavalry and Cavalry of the Line (incl. Yeomanry and Imperial Camel Corps)

Battalion: 7th Dragoon Guards (Princess Royal)

Decorations:

Died Date: 08/08/18

Died How: Killed in action

Theatre of War: France & Flanders

Notes:

Data from Commonwealth War Graves Commission Records

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Surname: HARKER

Forename(s): David William

Country of Service: United Kingdom

Service Number: 16723

Rank: Private

Regiment: 7th Dragoon Guards (Princess Royal's)

Unit:

Age: 26

Awards:

Died Date: 08/08/1918

Additional Information: Son of Margaret Harker, of 14, Pilgrim St., Nelson, Lancs, and the late Thomas Harker.

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13 September 1918

FORMER WIDDALE SOLDIER KILLED

Mrs. Harker, of 14 Raedale Avenue, Nelson, (late of Widdale, near Hawes, Wensleydale) has received official notice of the death in action in the advance in France on August 8th of her eldest son, Trooper David William Harker, of the Dragoon Guards, aged 26 years. He enlisted in January 1916, was trained at Tidsworth, and went to France July the same year. He was home on leave in October last.

His two younger brothers are in the Army, one at Gosport and the other in France.

Mrs. Harker has received several sympathetic letters from officers and men, who speak in high terms of a gallant soldier.

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