Frank Bywater (1899-1940)

An ongoing project to commemorate and research the lives of those who appear on war memorials and rolls of honour in the local area, who served in the military, or whose deaths were linked to conflict.


Frank Bywater was born in Huddersfield[1], the son of dyehouse worker Tom Bywater and his wife Annie, and was baptised on 14 September 1904 at St. Peter, Huddersfield.

At the time of the 1921 Census, the Bywater family was residing at 13 Garforth Street, Huddersfield and Frank was employed as a "dyer & dry cleaner".

He married Jessie Bull in 1925[2] and they lived at 17 Elizabeth Street, Primrose Hill.


Huddersfield Examiner (06/Jul/1940):


Primrose Hill Man Missing

Mrs. F. Bywater, of 17, Elizabeth Street, Primrose Hill, has received notification that her husband, Private F. Bywater, is reported missing. Private Bywater was in the King’s Own Regiment. He served in France during the last war along with three brothers, one of whom is now serving with the Forces. Before being called to the colours he was employed by the Huddersfield Corporation Highways Department.

Huddersfield Examiner (02/Jun/1945):


In a French Cemetery

Mr. Ernest Bywater, of Ravensknowle Park, has received official intimation that his brother, Pte. Frank Bywater, of the King’s Own Royal Regiment, who was presumed dead in June, 1942, after being reported missing following the evacuation at Dunkirk, is buried in Merville Communal Cemetery extension, France.

Pte. Bywater, who served in the last war with the Notts and Derby Regiment, was forty-one. At the outbreak of this war he was employed by the Huddersfield Corporation and lived at 17 Elizabeth Street, Primrose Hill.

Commonwealth War Graves Commission



Notes and References

  1. Birth registered Q1 1899 Huddersfield.
  2. Marriage registered Q2 1925 Huddersfield.