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Frank Ackroyd
Darlington
Frank Ackroyd was born in Ovenden, Halifax in 1888. The birth registration shows his motherís maiden name as Obank but the next record I have found for him is the 1901 census, also in Halifax, where he us the eldest of four boys, and, Lily, the youngest in the family, living with their widowed mother whose name is given as Selina Dewhurst. He is already working, as a worsted doffer, taking the full bobbins off the spinning frame and replacing them with empty ones.

Hereafter, things must not have gone well for him. He was called up to the local militia, the West Yorkshire Regiment, in 1905 and his attestment papers show him as having no address, his next of kin being an aunt in Bradford and that he had spent part of the previous year in Halifax Workhouse. After serving his time with the regiment he was discharged in 1908.

I have no idea where and how he became involved with golf but in 1910 he became professional at the Darlington Town club.

With the advent of the First World War he was back in the army. He served with the Rifle Brigade and was later transferred to the 1/5th London Battalion which was affiliated to the Rifle Brigade. He was killed in action on 28 August 1918 and is buried in the HAC Cemetery at …coust-Saint-Mein.

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