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Born: 1897, Keighley
Died: 24 October 1917
Buried: Divisional Cemetery, West Vlaanderen, Belgium
Address: 18 Victoria Avenue, Shipley
Parents: William & Emma Lizzie
Siblings: Margaret, Arthur, Walter, Harry
Rank: Gunner
Rolls of Honour: St Paul’s, Shipley; St Peter’s, Shipley
Regiment: Royal Field Artillery
William James Driver
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William was the third of five children born into a prosperous family in Keighley. By 1911 they were living at 18 Victoria Avenue, Shipley, where his father, Bingley-born William, is described as a manager and traveller for a furniture manufacturer and upholsterer. We also learn from reports about his elder son Arthur that William snr used to be on Keighley Council. His mother, Emma Lizzie, was born in Lincolnshire but all five of their children were born in Keighley. We know little about William’s war record except for a few snippets included in articles about his brother Arthur who won both the Military Medal and DCM for his courage. In a piece published on 17 November 1916 we learn that he has attested to join the army under the Lord Derby Scheme and by 22 December he is serving in Ireland. On 9 November 1917, the Shipley Times & Express carried a notice from the family: The details of William’s death on the CWGC website gives Emma Lizzie as a widow, now living in Hirst Wood Road, Shipley.
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