RICHARDSON, Edward Henry

Service Number: 1029
Enlisted: 1 July 1915, From Vic Naval Unit
Last Rank: Lieutenant
Last Unit: 30th Infantry Battalion
Born: East Melbourne, Victoria, Australia, 16 June 1893
Home Town: Northcote, Darebin, Victoria
Schooling: Not yet discovered
Occupation: School teacher
Died: Killed in Action, Morlancourt, France, 22 June 1918, aged 25 years
Cemetery: Mericourt-L'Abbe Communal Cemetery Extension
Plot III, Row D, Grave No. 2
Memorials: Surrey Hills WWI
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World War 1 Service

1 Jul 1915: Enlisted AIF WW1, Private, SN 1029, 30th Infantry Battalion, From Vic Naval Unit
1 Sep 1915: Promoted AIF WW1, Corporal, 30th Infantry Battalion
9 Nov 1915: Involvement Corporal, SN 1029, 30th Infantry Battalion
9 Nov 1915: Embarked Corporal, SN 1029, 30th Infantry Battalion, HMAT Beltana, Sydney
11 Mar 1916: Promoted AIF WW1, Sergeant, 30th Infantry Battalion, Egypt
19 Jul 1916: Involvement AIF WW1, Sergeant, SN 1029, 30th Infantry Battalion, Fromelles (Fleurbaix)
8 Sep 1916: Promoted AIF WW1, Company Sergeant Major, 30th Infantry Battalion, France
29 Jan 1917: Promoted AIF WW1, Second Lieutenant, 30th Infantry Battalion, France
2 May 1917: Promoted AIF WW1, Lieutenant, 30th Infantry Battalion, France
22 Jun 1918: Involvement Lieutenant, 30th Infantry Battalion

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Biography contributed by Robert Wight

Richardson was just 25 when he was killed on 22 June 1918 at Mericourt, France, but he had packed plenty into a short life. After completing State School, he attended at the University High School.

On completing his course, Richardson spent three years in the Royal Australian Navy and was one of the crew of H.M.A.S. Australia when she first came out to this country.

He left the service when his time expired in March 1914, joined the Education Department, and taught as a junior teacher at school 1401, Helen Street, Northcote until he enlisted in June 1915.

After enlisting as a Private (1029), he was promoted through the ranks to Lieutenant in France.

Richardson was the son of Mr. F. G. Richardson, A.C.P.A., Public Accountant, of Norwich Union Chambers, Queen Street, Melbourne

Source: NAA (ww1research)