Flather Heap is my 3rd cousin 2x removed. His parents are John Starkie Heap and Martha Elizabeth Forrest. Our common ancestors are Anthony Mason and Mary Brayshaw, my 4x great grandparents.
Flather was born on 1 May 1897 in Keighley, West Yorkshire. He was the youngest of four children.
When the First World War came Flather enlisted for service on 13 November 1915 – he was immediately assigned to the army reserve with a service number of 141238.
He waited a further six moths before being mobilised on 11 May 1916 as a Gunner with the Royal Field Artillery. He was posted to No.1 Depot in Newcastle upon Tyne for training and as part of a home based defence unit.
Eventually on 3 January 1917 Flather was posted to France as part of the Expeditionary Force.
On 31 July 1917 Flather was appointed as Acting Bombadier (equivalent to the rank of Corporal) with the 177th Brigade. The promotion was made substantive on 11 November 1917.
On the 8 August 1917 he was wounded in action but I have no other information as to the extent of his injuries. I can also see from his record that he was hospitalised in May 1918 after being “gassed”.
Flather survived the war and was finally demobilised on 8 February 1919.
He returned home to Keighley where he married Clara Bancroft on 28 May 1922.
In the 1939 Register Flather and Clara are living at 2 Morning Street, Keighley. He is working as a “weaving overlooker”.
Clara passed away in 1958 and Flather lived for a further four years before passing toward the end of 1962.