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Wilfred ANKER

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Surname: ANKER

Forename(s): Wilfred

Place of Birth: Britannia, Lancashire

Service No: L/9165

Rank: Gunner

Regiment / Corps / Service: Royal Field Artillery

Battalion / Unit: 'B' Battery 150th Brigade (County Palatine)

Division: 30th Division

Age: 24

Date of Death: 1918-08-13

Awards: ---

CWGC Grave / Memorial Reference: Sec. A. H17.

CWGC Cemetery: GHYLL UNDENOMINATIONAL BURIAL GROUND, BARNOLDSWICK

CWGC Memorial: ---

Non-CWGC Burial: ---

Local War Memorial: BARNOLDSWICK, YORKSHIRE

Additional Information:

Wilfred Anker was the son of James and Mary Anker, née Winfield. James was born at Eastrea, Cambridgeshire and Mary at Bacup, Lancashire.

1901 Bacup, Lancashire Census: 20, Ernest Street - Wilfred Anker, aged 7 years, born Bacup, son of James and Mary Anker.

1911 Bacup, Lancashire Census: 1, Flag Street, Lee Wood - Wilfred Anker, aged 17 years, born Britannia, Lancashire, son of James Anker, widower.

Wilfred was married to Edith O'Connor in 1917.

The British Army Pension Record for Wilfred Anker exists but may be incomplete.

British Army WW1 Medal Rolls Index Cards: Gnr Wilfred Anker, L/9165, R.F.A. Theatre of War: (1) France. Qualifying date [for 1914-15 Star]: 30.11.15. Discharged P. U. [Pyrexia Unknown]: 6.10.16. [Wilfred received the Silver War Badge.]

British Army WW1 Medal and Award Rolls: Gnr Wilfred Anker, L/9165, R.F.A. Discharged P. U. [Pyrexia Unknown]: 6.10.16.

Army Registers of Soldiers' Effects: Gnr Wilfred Anker, L/9165, 5 Res. Bde. R.F.A. Date and Place of Death: Dischd. 6.10.16. Died after discharge. To whom Authorised/Amount Authorised: Widow - Edith £6 10s. 0d.

Wilfred was accepted by the CWGC as a casualty of the Great War on 12 January 2012.

A short biography of Wilfred is included in: ‘Barnoldswick - A small Town’s part in conflicts 1800 to 2014’ by Peter Ian Thompson (2014).

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:

ARKER [ANKER], Gunner Wilfred, aged 24, R.F.A., Co-operative Street, [Barnoldswick], died Keighley Military Hospital.

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Gunner Wilfred ANKER

Gunner Wilfred ANKER

Regiment / Corps / Service Badge: Royal Field Artillery

Regiment / Corps / Service Badge: Royal Field Artillery

Divisional Sign / Service Insignia: 30th Division

Divisional Sign / Service Insignia: 30th Division

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Surname: ANKER

Forename(s): Wilfred

Country of Service: United Kingdom

Service Number: L/9165

Rank: Gunner

Regiment: Royal Field Artillery

Unit: 5th Res. Bde.

Age: 24

Awards:

Died Date: 13/08/1918

Additional Information: Son of James Anker, of Barnoldswick.

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Ghyll Undenominational Burial Ground, Barnoldswick

Ghyll Undenominational Burial Ground, Barnoldswick

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23 August 1918

THE ROLL OF HONOUR - Fatal effects of Poison Gas

The death took place last week at Keighley Military Hospital, of Gunner Wilfred Anker, formerly of the R.F.A. Deceased, who was 24 years of age, and married, was the son of Mr. James Anker, 9, Co-operative Street, Barnoldswick. He left the Army nearly two years ago, after being gassed in France, for which he was treated in Bournemouth Hospital, obtaining his final discharge in October last, and resumed his occupation as a twister at Messrs. B. and E. W. Holden's, Moss Shed. The effects of the poison gas had, however, not been eradicated, and on the advice of a specialist he was readmitted to hospital where he died ten days later. The funeral took place at Gill Cemetery on Saturday afternoon.

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27 November 1914

SKIPTON PETTY SESSIONS

OBSCENE LANGUAGE

Wilfrid Anchor, a weaver, of Barnoldswick, was summoned at the instance of P.C. Humphreys for using obscene language.

Witness said that he apprehended defendant in Long Ings Lane, Barnoldeswick, at 10 p.m. on Sunday, the 15th instant. Anchor was coming down the lane with two other youths and was shouting and making use of filthy language. He told him that he would be reported.

Fined 5s. and costs.

[This article is not proven to be referring to the future Gunner Wilfred Anker.]

23 August 1918

Barnoldswick Fatalities

The death took place last week at Keighley Military Hospital of Gunner Wilfred Anker, formerly of the R.F.A. Deceased, who was, 24 years of age, and married, was the son of Mr. James Anker, 9, Co-operative Street, Barnoldswick. He left the army nearly two years ago, after being gassed in France, for which he was treated in Bournemouth Hospital, obtaining his final discharge in October last, and resumed his occupation as a twister at Messrs. B. and E.W. Holden's, Moss Shed. The effects of the poison gas had, however, not been eradicated and on the advice of a specialist he was re-admitted to hospital where he died ten days later. The funeral took place at Gill Cemetery on Saturday afternoon.

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