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Frank AYRTON

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Surname: AYRTON

Forename(s): Frank

Place of Birth: Gargrave, Yorkshire

Service No: 62480

Rank: Private

Regiment / Corps / Service: King’s Own (Yorkshire Light Infantry)

Battalion / Unit: 5th Battalion

Division: 62nd (2/West Riding) Division

Age: 18

Date of Death: 1918-08-12

Awards: ---

CWGC Grave / Memorial Reference: B. 13

CWGC Cemetery: ST. GERMAIN-AU-MONT-D’OR COMMUNAL CEMETERY EXTENSION

CWGC Memorial: ---

Non-CWGC Burial: ---

Local War Memorial: BARNOLDSWICK, YORKSHIRE

Local War Memorial: GARGRAVE, YORKSHIRE

Additional Information:

Frank Ayrton was the son of John Thomas and Annie Elizabeth Ayrton, née French. John was born at Gargrave and Annie at Embsay, Yorkshire. Frank was the cousin of Private Ernest French (32221) (q.v.). For information about Frank’s sister, Ethel, see the record of Private William Thomas Maunder (10980): UK, WW1 Pension Ledgers and Index Cards, 1914-1923.

1901 Gargrave, Yorkshire Census: 15, River Place - Frank Ayrton, aged 1 year, born Gargrave, son of John T. and Annie E. Ayrton.

1911 Gargrave, Yorkshire Census: Airebank Terrace - Frank Ayrton, aged 11 years, born Gargrave, son of John Thos and Annie Elizabeth Ayrton.

British Army WW1 Medal Rolls Index Cards: Pte Frank Ayrton, 62480, King's Own Yorkshire Light Infantry.

On the 2 February 1918 the 1/5th Bn K.O.Y.L.I. was transferred from the 49th (West Riding) Division to the 62nd (2/West Riding) Division. The battalion absorbed the 2/5th Battalion, K.O.Y.L.I. becoming the 5th Battalion.

Short biographies of Frank are included in:
‘Barnoldswick - A small Town’s part in conflicts 1800 to 2014’ by Peter Ian Thompson (2014).
‘From Mills to Marching and Back Again - A History of Gargrave from 1900 to 1925’ by Sue Lyall and Donavon Slaven with contributions from George Ingle, Ray Jones and Martin Thompson (2019).

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:

AYRTON, F., aged 18, K.O.Y.L.I., 163, Gisburn Road, [Barnoldswick], died of wounds July 20, 1918.

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Private Frank AYRTON

Private Frank AYRTON

Regiment / Corps / Service Badge: King’s Own (Yorkshire Light Infantry)

Regiment / Corps / Service Badge: King’s Own (Yorkshire Light Infantry)

Divisional Sign / Service Insignia: 62nd (2/West Riding) Division

Divisional Sign / Service Insignia: 62nd (2/West Riding) Division

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Surname: AYRTON

Forename(s): Frank

Born: Gargrave, Yorks

Residence:

Enlisted: Keighley

Number: 62480

Rank: Private

Regiment: King's Own (Yorkshire Light Infantry)

Battalion: 5th Battalion

Decorations:

Died Date: 12/08/18

Died How: Died of wounds

Theatre of War: France & Flanders

Notes: Formerly 93785, 8th T.R. Battn.

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Surname: AYRTON

Forename(s): F

Country of Service: United Kingdom

Service Number: 62480

Rank: Private

Regiment: King's Own Yorkshire Light Infantry

Unit: 5th Bn.

Age: 18

Awards:

Died Date: 12/08/1918

Additional Information: Son of John Thomas and Annie Elizabeth Ayrton, of 163, Gisburn Rd., Barnoldswick, Colne. Born at Gargrave, Skipton, Yorks. (CWGC Headstone Personal Inscription: A LOVING SON AND BROTHER)

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England & Wales, National Probate Calendar (Index of Wills and Administrations), 1858-1966

1949

AYRTON John Thomas of 163 Gisburn-road Barnoldswick Yorkshire died 30 July 1949 Probate London 7 October to Agnes Ann Ayrton and Ann Ayrton spinsters. Effects £1263 13s. 4d.

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The family of John Thomas and Annie Elizabeth Ayrton, née French

The family of John Thomas and Annie Elizabeth Ayrton, née French

(Left to right): Hebden Sydney, John Thomas, Agnes Ann, Ann, Ethel, Annie Elizabeth and Frank

Courtesy of Helen Clark

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16 August 1918

AYRTON - August 12th, at St. Germains, France, from wounds received in action, Private Frank Ayrton, K.O.Y L.I., in his 19th year, son of Mr. and Mrs. John Thomas Ayrton. 163 Gisburn Road. Barnoldswick.

23 August 1918

FORMER GARGRAVE SOLDIER DIES OF WOUNDS

Private Frank Ayrton, K.O.Y.L.I. who died at Saint Germain, France, on August 12th, from wounds received on July 20th, was 18 years of age, and the son of Mr. and Mrs. J. T. Ayrton, 163, Gisburn Road, Barnoldswick (formerly of Gargrave). He had only been in France ten weeks. When a report of their son's precarious condition was received by the parents, the latter cabled to another son serving in the A.S.C. in Italy, who obtained facilities for visiting his brother at Saint Germain and was thus enabled to be with him for a couple of days before the end came. Private Ayrton was a particularly bright and promising lad, and connected with the Wesleyan Sunday School. Up to the time of his joining the Army he was employed as a cloth-looker by Mr. R. Brooks, Westfield Shed.

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16 August 1918

AYRTON - Aug. 12th, at St Germains, France, from wounds received in action, Pte. Frank Ayrton, K.O.Y.L.I., in his 19th year, son of Mr. and Mrs. John Thos. Ayrton, 163, Gisburn Road, Barnoldswick.

23 August 1918

Barnoldswick Fatalities

Pte. Frank Ayrton, K.O.Y.L.I., who died at St. Germains, France, on Aug. 12th, from wounds received on July 20th, was 18 years of age, and the son of Mr. and Mrs. J.T. Ayrton. 163, Gisburn Road, Barnoldswick (formerly of Gargrave). He had only been in France 10 weeks. When a report of their son's precarious condition was received by the parents, the latter cabled to another son serving in the A.S.C in Italy, who obtained facilities for visiting his brother at St. Germains, and was thus enabled to be with him for a couple of days before the end came. Pte. Ayrton was a particularly bright and promising lad, and connected with the Wesleyan Sunday School. Up to the time at his joining the army he was employed as a cloth-looker by Mr. R. Brooks, Westfield Shed.

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