Frank Ryder was born on 4th October 1890 in Runcorn Rural registration district. He was the son of James Ryder (born Aston-by-Sutton) and his wife Sarah Elizabeth (nee Gerrard) who was born in Manchester.
The 1891 census recorded the family as living at Heron’s Cottages in Newton-by-Daresbury. The father was a stonemason. Six-month old Frank had two older brothers, Charles (8) and Albert (6) and two older sisters, Ethel (4) and Sarah (2). The three brothers would all serve in the Great War.
Ten years later the family were living on Newton Lane in Newton-by Daresbury. They now also had James (8), Arthur Gerrard (5) and Tom (2). Charles was a stonemason’s apprentice and Albert was a cabinet maker’s apprentice. James lived with his uncle and aunt. The three younger brothers would also serve in the Great War.
By 1911 daughters Ethel and Sarah had left home and the family now also had Cyril (4). Charles had qualified as a stonemason and was working for his father, Albert was qualified as a cabinet maker, Frank was working as a joiner and Arthur Gerrard as an apprentice engineer. James was working as a canal clerk. The mother declared that one of her ten children had died previously.
Frank served in the Royal Engineers in the Great War, firstly as a sapper and then as a corporal. He had the service number 30494. In the absent voters list at the end of the war he was living at Newton Lane Cottages in Newton-by Daresbury.
The 1939 Register recorded Frank as still living on Newton Lane. He had never married and was employed as an estate joiner. He then worked for Manchester and District Farmers Ltd. until his final illness.
Frank Ryder died on 25th October 1960 in Dutton Hospital. He had been living at Rose Cottage, Newton-by-Daresbury. His funeral and burial were at All Saints, Daresbury, where he had been a choirboy. He was 70 years of age.