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Driver L Monks

 
 

Harrogate Herald - 9th January 1918

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Driver L Monks (RFA) has been killed in action. He was formerly a pupil at Ashville College, Harrogate, for 3 years. He was born in Leeds, the son of Mr C Monks (chief engineer at Kroonland), now of 9 Beaufort Drive, Wallasey, Cheshire. When five years of age he went with his parents to Antwerp, and there attended the School of St Gabriel and the School of Commerce. He had intended to enter Liverpool University to specialise in chemistry, but when eighteen months ago he left Ashville College he joined His majesty's Forces. His good knowledge of French had made him of considerable use before he became associated with C Company, 76th Brigade, RFA, and his abilities and prospects in his brigade are clearly indicated in the following letter which his mother has recently received from his Captain : It is with regret that I inform you of the death of your son whilst in action with his battery. He has not been with us long, but quite long enough for us to appreciate his work. I had occasion only once to have a distinctly personal chat with him, and I was very interested to learn of his ambitions. I had marked him as a decided asset to the battery, and as one who would soon get promotion, and needless to say it was with very keen sorrow that I learnt of his having been killed. Fortunately he was killed instantaneously, and suffered no pain. He has been buried with what ceremony we can under the circumstances at Canada Farm, Popennghe, Flanders. Again accept the sincere sympathy of all officers and men of this battery, and in particular my own very sincere feeling in the matter, in view of my knowledge of his qualifications.

 

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