Harry Driver

Name of Researcher / Enw’r ymchwylydd: Eifion & Viv Williams

Name of Memorial / Enw’r gofeb: Halkyn Memorial

Name / Enw: Harry Driver

Regiment/Catrawd: 52nd Bde. Royal Field Artillery

Service Rank and Number / Rheng gwasanaeth a rhif: Gunner 117751

Military Cemetery/Memorial / Fynwent milwrol: La Targette British Cemetery, Neuville-St Vaast

Ref No Grave or Memorial / Rhif cyfeirnod bedd: 11.J.8

Country of Cemetery or Memorial / Gwlad y fynwent neu gofeb: France

Medals Awarded / Medalau a ddyfarnwyd: Victory and British War medals

Date and Circumstances of Death / Dyddiad ac amgylchiadau marwolaeth:

22nd April 1918 Killed in Action

Harry was born in 1884 in Lancashire. The 1911 census tells us that the family had fairly recently gone to live in Flintshire as they had previously been in various addresses in Lancashire. The father JamesThomas Driver was a self employed market gardener aged 42. His wife was Sarah Jane aged 43. She had given birth to 7 children and they were all still alive but only six of them were at home for the census. They were Harry aged 17 who helped with the family business, Coral 13, Stanley11 and Edith7 were all at school. Norman was 4 and Irene was 9 months.The address is very difficult to read but we believe it says Nant y Moch, Bryntirion, Bagillt, N Wales.

There is a Flintshire Roll of Honour card for him at the County Archives Office in Hawarden. It was completed by S J Driver – his mother. The address she gives is Enw Bach Pentre Halkyn. She gives the regimental details as above and that his burial place was Anse Keity (?)  Military Cemetery. (Was he moved at a later date? Many were). He served from 9the March 1916 till his death in April 1918

UK Soldiers who died in The Great War 1914-19 accessible on www.ancestry.co.uk says that Harry enlisted in Holywell, Flintshire.