Wilfred Anker

Wilfred Anker

Birth
Bacup, Rossendale Borough, Lancashire, England
Death 13 Aug 1918 (aged 23–24)
Keighley, Metropolitan Borough of Bradford, West Yorkshire, England
Burial Barnoldswick, Pendle Borough, Lancashire, England
Plot Sec. A. H17
Memorial ID 102788014 · View Source
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Casualty of the Great War,Wilfred was a Gunner with the 5th Reserve Brigade Royal Field Artillery-Service No:L/9165

He was 24 and the son of James Anker of Barnoldswick and the late Mary Anker.

As at December 2012, he is a recent addition to the official list of war dead and The Commonwealth War Graves Commission is in the process of producing a headstone to mark his grave.
Accepted for Commemoration:12/01/2012.
Cause of Death: Died post discharge of endocarditis.


He was born in 1894 at number 325 Rochdale Road, Bacup in Lancashire, the second son of James and Mary Anker, his brother and sister were; John and Annie. Wilfred's Mother died in 1909 and at some point after 1911 he went to live with his widowed father at 9 Co-operative Street, Barnoldswick, After the outbreak of WW1, on 3rd April 1915, Wilfred went to Colne and enlisted in the Royal Field Artillery, becoming Gunner Wilfred Anker, Service Number L/9165, he was 21 and single at the time.


Craven Herald report of his death:

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 the Military Hospital at Keighley where he died ten days later.


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  • Find a Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com : accessed ), memorial page for Wilfred Anker (1894–13 Aug 1918), Find a Grave Memorial no. 102788014, citing Ghyll Undenominational Burial Ground, Barnoldswick, Pendle Borough, Lancashire, England ; Maintained by TravisAndrew Fitton (contributor 48254058) .