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Richard Atkinson BANKS

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Surname: BANKS

Forename(s): Richard Atkinson

Place of Birth: Ingleton, Yorkshire

Service No: 18202

Rank: Private

Regiment / Corps / Service: Royal Scots Fusiliers

Battalion / Unit: 2nd Battalion

Division: 7th Division

Age: 37

Date of Death: 1915-09-09

Awards: ---

CWGC Grave / Memorial Reference: I. 6.


CWGC Memorial: ---

Non-CWGC Burial: ---

Local War Memorial(s): Not Listed (View Names Not Listed on a Local War Memorial)

Additional Information:

Richard Atkinson Banks was the son of William and Mary Ellen Banks, née Tomlinson. William was born at Caton, Lancashire and Mary at Ingleton, Yorkshire.

1881 Ingleton, Yorkshire Census: Main Street - Richard A. Banks, aged 3 years, born Ingleton, son of William and Mary E. Banks.

1891 Litherland, Lancashire Census: 21, Field Lane - Richard Banks, aged 14 years, born Ingleton, Yorkshire, son of William and Mary E. Banks.

1901 Liverpool, Lancashire Census: 13, Tapley Place, West Derby - Richard A. Banks, aged 23 years, born Ingleton, Yorkshire, son of Mary E. Banks, widow.

Richard was married to Annie Mary Agnes Livermore in 1902.

1911 Liverpool, Lancashire Census: 34, Killarney Road - Richard Banks, aged 33 years, born Ingleton, Yorkshire, husband of Annie Banks.

The British Army Service Record for Richard Atkinson Banks exists but may be incomplete.

British Army WW1 Medal Rolls Index Cards: Pte Richard A. Banks, 18202, 2/R. S. Fus. Theatre of War first served in: (1) France. Date of entry therein: 1.6.15. D. of W.

British Army WW1 Medal and Award Rolls: Pte Richard A. Banks, 18202, 2 R. Sc. Fus.

Army Registers of Soldiers' Effects: Pte Richard Atkinson Banks, 18202, 2nd Bn. R. Scots Fus. Date and Place of Death: 9.9.15. Wounds received in action. To whom Authorised/Amount Authorised: Widow - Annie M.A. £3 6s. 8d.

UK, WW1 Pension Ledgers and Index Cards, 1914-1923: card(s) exist for Richard. Name(s) on card(s): Widow: Annie Mary Agnes, born 8.5.81. Address: 30, Layfield Street, Burnley. Children: Annie, born 25.6.04. Richard Atkinson, born 23.11.05. John, born 24.3.07. Walter, born 25.12.08. Arthur, born 4.11.10. Harry, born 13.7.12. Alfred, born 22.1.14.

Richard is commemorated in the Rolls of Honour at the Scottish National War Memorial, Edinburgh.

Photograph: ‘Burnley Express’ (25 September 1915).

Data Source: Soldiers Died in the Great War 1914-19 Records


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Private Richard Atkinson BANKS

Private Richard Atkinson BANKS

Regiment / Corps / Service Badge: Royal Scots Fusiliers

Regiment / Corps / Service Badge: Royal Scots Fusiliers

Divisional Sign / Service Insignia: 7th Division

Divisional Sign / Service Insignia: 7th Division

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Surname: BANKS

Forename(s): Richard A.

Born: Ingleton, Yorks


Enlisted: Burnley, Yorks

Number: 18202

Rank: Private

Regiment: Royal Scots Fusiliers

Battalion: 2nd Battalion


Died Date: 09/09/15

Died How: Died of wounds

Theatre of War: France & Flanders


Data from Commonwealth War Graves Commission Records

CWGC Data for Soldier Records

Surname: BANKS

Forename(s): R A

Country of Service: United Kingdom

Service Number: 18202

Rank: Private

Regiment: Royal Scots Fusiliers

Unit: 2nd Bn.

Age: 37


Died Date: 09/09/1915

Additional Information: Son of William and Mary Ellen Banks, of Ingleton. (CWGC Headstone Personal Inscription: FOR ALL OF US HE DID HIS BEST GOD GRANT HIM ETERNAL REST FROM HIS WIFE AND FAMILY)

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'Burnley Express' (25 September 1915)

(Kindly supplied by the website: Burnley in the Great War)


Official notification of the death in action, on September 9th, has been received by Mrs. Banks, of 30, Layfield-street, Burnley, relating to her husband, Private Richard Atkinson Banks, of the Royal Scots Fusiliers. She had, however, been previously informed of him being seriously wounded, by letter from soldiers.

Private Banks, who was 37 years of age, enlisted last November in the Scottish Rifles, but was transferred in May to the Royal Scots Fusiliers, and went out to France on May 30th. Previously he was a leather dresser for Messrs. Smith, Plumbe-street. He was a native of Liverpool, but had resided with his family in Burnley for over four years. He leaves a widow and seven young children.

Private G.H. Thompson, R.A.M.C., of the Field Ambulance, informed Mrs. Banks of the sad occurrence in the following letter: "I am sorry to inform you your husband was seriously wounded to-day, Thursday, September 9th. Everything is being done for him, but I fear the worst."

"I was a pal of your husband out here," writes Private T. Atherton, of the R.S.F., in the following letter to Mrs. Banks: "Just a line to you. You must excuse me taking the liberty of writing to you. It was to let you know that your husband was wounded by a shell, in the leg. I was with him, and he asked me to let you know. He was taken to the hospital."

Later Private Atherton Wrote: "Somewhere in France.-Dear Mrs. Banks,-I am very sorry to have to inform you that your husband has died of his wound since I told you he was wounded. I can tell you he was well-liked by all his chums in the battalion. While I was tying up his wounds, he asked me to write and tell you, and I said I would."

On September 16 Pte. Thompson, of the R.A.M.C., wrote: "I am sorry to say your husband passed away Thursday, September 9th, and we buried him next day. It was really hopeless when we picked him up. His chum was also hit by the same shell. Your husband died peacefully, blessing his wife and children, and everything was done for him. I am a Lancashire man and married, living at Fleetwood, and knowing he had a large family everything was done to save him. God bless you and the kiddies, and may He give you strength to bear up."




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    One Response to Richard Atkinson BANKS

    1. Barbara Jones November 12, 2018 at 3:06 pm #

      My Grandfather. He left behind a wife and seven children.
      His name is on Panel 13 Left in the Hall of Remembrance, Liverpool Town Hall.

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