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Richard DAKER

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Surname: DAKER

Forename(s): Richard

Place of Birth: Giggleswick, Yorkshire

Service No: 6560

Rank: Private

Regiment / Corps / Service: Loyal North Lancashire Regiment

Battalion / Unit: 1st Battalion

Division: 1st Division

Age: 34

Date of Death: 1914-12-31

Awards: ---

CWGC Grave / Memorial Reference: Panel 27 and 28.

CWGC Cemetery: ---


Non-CWGC Burial: ---

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

Additional Information:

Heseltine (Richard) Daker was the son of William and Elizabeth Daker, formerly or née Whitley. William was born at Orton, Westmorland and Elizabeth at Otley, Yorkshire.

1881 Giggleswick, Yorkshire Census: Railway Station Yard - Hesletine Dacre, aged 11months, born Giggleswick, son of William and Elizabeth Dacre.

1891 Codnor Park, Derbyshire Census: Lock House - Heseltine Daker, aged 10 years, born Giggleswick, Yorkshire, son of William and Elizabeth Daker.

Richard was married to Elizabeth Annie Davis in 1909. Elizabeth married William Reay in 1920. In the 1921 Census Elizabeth (William was absent) and her children, including Isabella, the daughter of Elizabeth and William, were living at 8, Brunswick Street, Salford. In 1939 Elizabeth was living at 6, Mount Place, Hindley, Lancashire. She died in 1958.

1911 Alfreton, Derbyshire Census: D151, Church Street, Riddings - Richard Daker, aged 31 years, born Giddleswick [sic], Yorkshire, husband of Elizabeth Annie Daker.

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

British Army WW1 Medal Rolls Index Cards: Pte Richard Daker, 6560, L. N. Lanc. R. Theatre of War (1) France. Qualifying date [for 1914-15 Star]: 29.11.14. Missing.

British Army WW1 Medal and Award Rolls: Pte Richard Daker, 6560, 1 N. Lan. R. Pres. dead 31.12.14.

Army Registers of Soldiers' Effects: Pte Richard Daker, 6560, 1 Bn Loyal N. Lancs. Regt. Date and Place of Death: On or since 31.12.14. Death Presumed. To whom Authorised/Amount Authorised: Widow - Elizabeth Annie. £6 17s. 2d.

UK, WW1 Pension Ledgers and Index Cards, 1914-1923: card(s) exist for Richard. Name(s) on card(s): Guardian: Elizabeth Annie Reay, born 28.12.81. Address 1. 8, Brunswick Street, Salford. Address 2. 8, Wilding Street, Patricroft, Lancs. Children: Kathleen Olive Davis (adopted), born 31.1.04. Mildred Jessie, born 4.6.09. John William, born 6.7.11. Grace Elizabeth, born 17.7.13.

Private Richard Daker was added to the CPGW website after receiving information from Mark Wylie, Curator, Manchester United Museum.

Data Source: Personal Communication


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


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Regiment / Corps / Service Badge: Loyal North Lancashire Regiment

Regiment / Corps / Service Badge: Loyal North Lancashire Regiment

Divisional Sign / Service Insignia: 1st Division

Divisional Sign / Service Insignia: 1st Division

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Surname: DAKER

Forename(s): Richard

Born: Leeds

Residence: Manchester

Enlisted: Sheffield

Number: 6560

Rank: Private

Regiment: Loyal North Lancashire Regiment

Battalion: 1st Battalion


Died Date: 31/12/14

Died How: Killed in action

Theatre of War: France & Flanders


Data from Commonwealth War Graves Commission Records

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Surname: DAKER

Forename(s): Richard

Country of Service: United Kingdom

Service Number: 6560

Rank: Private

Regiment: The Loyal North Lancashire Regiment

Unit: 1st Bn.

Age: 34


Died Date: 31/12/1914

Additional Information: Son of the late William and Elizabeth Daker; husband of Elizabeth Annie Reay (formerly Daker), of 8, Brunswick St., Rigby St., Salford, Manchester.

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Miscellaneous Information

(Kindly supplied by Mark Wylie, Curator, Manchester United Museum)

News 17-3-1904

Manchester United Reserve v Preston North End Reserve.

Manchester Evening A New Player.

The meeting of these teams at Clayton on Saturday should provide a very interesting struggle. Mr. H. Stafford has arranged for another soldier forward to assist the United in this game. This is Private Daker, of the 1st Loyal Lancashire Regiment, now stationed in the South of England. He is a player built much on the same lines as Godsmark, the Newton Heath forward, whose death took place during the war in South Africa. Daker, who plays at inside left, has been sought after by Plymouth Argyle, and more than one League team. He is very fast, a good shot, and he has played in the Devon County team.

[Probably Private 6560 Richard Daker, 1st Battalion, Loyal North Lancashire Regiment, Missing 31/12/1914.

There is a slight doubt as to whether he actually did play. He certainly was selected, but his service record suggests he was in hospital at Devonport with a dislocated elbow at the time.

Unfortunately the newspaper reports don’t really help to clarify things.

He certainly was selected to play for United’s reserves, just that crucial question of whether he actually did manage to make an appearance.]




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