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Private 206811, 1st Battalion Lincolnshire Regiment.

Died 27th April 1918.

Remembered on the Soissons Memorial, France.

Former member of the University Officer Training Corps.


 

Oliver was the son of Joseph Edward and Sarah Annie Riley of Arden Hall, Accrington. He was born in 1882 at Hapton, Lancashire, and educated at Charterhouse School, Cambridge.  By trade he was a chemical manufacturer with his father’s firm and served as rural district councillor and guardian for Huncoat on the Burnley Board from December 1907 to May 1911. In 1907 he was married to Jenny Fleming Laing, a lady from Durham, and after some time at Huncoat and Skipton they settled in St Annes on Sea and had two children. He was a member of the local hunt and an enthusiastic motorist. From June to December 1916 he was a member of the University Officer Training Corps. He enlisted in 1917 with a  Lancashire regiment and later transferred to the Lincolnshire Regiment. He was killed at Berry au Bac in April 1918 and left effects worth £16,214 5s 7d to his wife.