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Frank DRIVER

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Surname: DRIVER

Forename(s): Frank

Place of Birth: Morton Banks, Yorkshire

Service No: 31757

Rank: Private

Regiment / Corps / Service: East Lancashire Regiment

Battalion / Unit: 2nd Battalion

Division: 8th Division

Age: 36

Date of Death: 1918-09-23

Awards: ---

CWGC Grave / Memorial Reference: V. E. 13.

CWGC Cemetery: ROCLINCOURT MILITARY CEMETERY

CWGC Memorial: ---

Non-CWGC Burial: ---

Local War Memorial: SKIPTON, YORKSHIRE

Additional Information:

Joseph Frank Driver (born 17 January 1885) was the son of John and Mary Ann Driver, née Smith. John was born at Morton Banks and Mary Ann at Keighley, Yorkshire.

1891 Riddlesden, Yorkshire Census: Low Banks - Joseph Frank Driver, aged 6 years, born Riddlesden, son of John and [stepson of] Mary A. Driver. [John had married Mary Ann Mosley in 1890.]

1901 Riddlesden, Yorkshire Census: 3, St Mary's Road, Morton Banks - Joseph F. Driver, aged 16 years, born Morton, Yorkshire, son of John and [stepson of] Mary A. Driver.

1911 Riddlesden, Yorkshire Census: 2, St Mary's Road, Morton Banks - Frank Driver, aged 25 years, born Morton, Yorkshire, son of John and [stepson of] Mary Anna Driver.

Frank was married to Mary E. Sargeson in 1912.

British Army WW1 Medal Rolls Index Cards: Pte Frank Driver, 54346, Manch. R.; 69613, North'd Fus.; 50706, N. Staffs R.; 31757, E. Lan. R.

British Army WW1 Medal and Award Rolls: Pte Frank Driver, 69613, 34th Northum. Fus.; 50706, 5th North Staffs.; 54346, 2/9th Manchesters.; 31757, 2nd East Lancs.

Army Registers of Soldiers' Effects: Pte Frank Driver, 31757, 2 E. Lancs. Date and Place of Death: 23.9.18. K. in A. France or Belgium. To whom Authorised/Amount Authorised: Widow - Mary E. £11 16s. 3d.

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:

DRIVER, F., East Lancs. Regt., 14, Castle Street, Skipton, killed Sept. 23, 1918.

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Regiment / Corps / Service Badge: East Lancashire Regiment

Regiment / Corps / Service Badge: East Lancashire Regiment

Divisional Sign / Service Insignia: 8th Division

Divisional Sign / Service Insignia: 8th Division

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Surname: DRIVER

Forename(s): Frank

Born: Bingley, Yorks

Residence: Skipton, Yorks

Enlisted: Keighley, Yorks

Number: 31757

Rank: Private

Regiment: East Lancashire Regiment

Battalion: 2nd Battalion

Decorations:

Died Date: 23/09/18

Died How: Killed in action

Theatre of War: France & Flanders

Notes:

Data from Commonwealth War Graves Commission Records

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Surname: DRIVER

Forename(s): Frank

Country of Service: United Kingdom

Service Number: 31757

Rank: Private

Regiment: East Lancashire Regiment

Unit: 2nd Bn.

Age: 36

Awards:

Died Date: 23/09/1918

Additional Information: Son of John Driver, of Riddlesden, Keighley, Yorks; husband of Mary E. Driver, of 23, The Avenue, Starbeck, Harrogate, Yorks. (CWGC Headstone Personal Inscription: EVER REMEMBERED BY HIS LOVING WIFE CHILD & SISTERS)

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HISTORY OF THE EAST LANCASHIRE REGIMENT IN THE GREAT WAR 1914-1918 (Littlebury Bros. Ltd. 1936)

2nd Bn. East Lancashire Regiment

On the 14th September 1918 the Battalion relieved the 2nd Rifle Brigade in the left sector . . . just north of Gavrelle. During this tour much work and movement were observed in the Fresnes-Rouvroy line, which was a strong, well organised line covering the Drocourt-Queant line, a northern extension of the Hindenburg line. From the 17th to 20th several attempts to advance this line were made by patrols with varying success, but on the night of September 21st/22nd the three battalions including the 2nd East Lancashire, of the 8th Division advanced under a barrage and penetrated to an average depth of 500 yards. The Battalion had ‘B’ Company and ‘D’ Company in the front line. These two companies, after some hard fighting, captured the objective, a line about 500 yards to the east, with the loss of Lt. Gregory and 2 other ranks killed, and 14 other ranks wounded. During the rest of the month, presumably with the object of stopping patrols, the enemy used machine-gun harassing fire by day and night; nevertheless patrols of two or three sections went out nightly under 2nd Lts. Kitson, Ryan, Noble and Harrison, and made good the ground to a depth of from 500 to 600 yards in front of the line.

[Frank Driver was killed on the 23rd September 1918.]

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25 October 1918

DRIVER – September 23rd, killed in action in France, Private F. Driver, of the East Lancashire Regiment, of 14 Castle Street, Skipton.

25 October 1918

Private F. Driver, Skipton

Mrs. Driver, of 14 Castle Street, Skipton, has received official information that her husband, Private F. Driver, of the East Lancashire Regiment, was killed in action in France on September 23rd. In a letter from his platoon officer, deceased is spoken of as being a most willing soldier. A joiner by trade, he was, before joining up, employed by Mr. Feather at Earby. We will give a photograph next week.

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01 November 1918

Skipton Private Killed

Mrs. Driver, of 14, Castle Street, Skipton, has received official information that her husband, Pte. F. Driver, was killed in action in France on Sept. 23rd. In a letter from his platoon officer, deceased is spoken of as being a most willing soldier. A joiner by trade, he was before joining up employed by Mr. Feather at Earby.

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