Driver (Dvr) was a military rank used in the British Army and the armies of other Commonwealth countries. It was equivalent to the rank of Private.

The rank was initially used in the Royal Artillery for the men who drove the teams of horses which pulled the guns. It was phased out after the First World War (when all Royal Artillerymen of the lowest rank were redesignated as Gunners). It was also used in the Royal Australian Artillery and Royal Canadian Artillery.

It was also used by all the Private-equivalents of the Royal Army Service Corps and later the Royal Corps of Transport, no matter what their trade. When the RCT amalgamated to form the Royal Logistic Corps in 1993 the rank finally disappeared from the British Army.

Driver Percy Albert Horwood

Percy was the eldest of six children and his mother and father both worked in the hat trade. He did various jobs including cobbler, printers compositor and shop assistant. He married Jemima, "Minnie", in August 1913 and in 1915 they had a daughter, Marjorie. Percy's youngest brother Claude was born in 1911 so he had a brother who was very close in age to his daughter. 

Driver John Percy Wood

John Percy Wood, one of sixteen children, from Slip End, nr. Luton  enlisted as a volunteer  aged 18 and joined Lord Kitcheners Army   on the 26th May 1915 at Luton, he was assigned Army number 2219, he undertook a medical examination, to test his fitness for active service, at Wardown Park Hospital and was judged as good.

He was assigned to the 2nd/5th Staffordshire Royal Field Artillery Battery, 2/3rd  North Midland Artillery Brigade, he undertook his training at Biscot Huts, an Army Camp near to Biscot Mill, Luton.

Driver William Edward Owen

Individual Summary:


Father: James Owen

Mother: Margaret Owens

William Edward Owen


Individual Report for William Edward Owen

Individual Facts:

Birth: 02 Dec 1883 in Tai Club Mawr, Llanerchymedd, Anglesey, North Wales

Christening: 13 Feb 1884 in St Mary's Church,Llanerchymedd

Residence: 1891 in Llanerchymedd, Anglesey, Wales; Water Street,Llanerchymedd

Military Service: 1900; R F A 119th Bty 9922 William Edward Owen Driver

Occupation: 1900; labourer


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