William RICHES

RICHES, William

Service Number: 2433
Enlisted: 25 March 1915, Keswick, South Australia
Last Rank: Private
Last Unit: 50th Infantry Battalion
Born: Wolseley, South Australia, 26 June 1877
Home Town: Bordertown, Tatiara, South Australia
Schooling: Not yet discovered
Occupation: Labourer
Died: Killed in Action, Mouquet Farm, France, 16 August 1916, aged 39 years
Cemetery: No known grave - "Known Unto God"
No known grave, Villers-Bretonneux Memorial, Villers-Bretonneux, Picardie, France
Memorials: Adelaide National War Memorial, Australian War Memorial Roll of Honour, Bordertown Men who Enlisted from Mundalla Roll of Honor, Mundulla Soldiers Memorial Honour Roll, Mundulla War Memorial, Villers-Bretonneux Memorial (Australian National Memorial - France), Wolseley War Memorial
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World War 1 Service

25 Mar 1915: Enlisted AIF WW1, Private, 2433, Keswick, South Australia
23 Jun 1915: Involvement AIF WW1, Private, 2433, 10th Infantry Battalion, Enlistment/Embarkation WW1
23 Jun 1915: Embarked AIF WW1, Private, 2433, 10th Infantry Battalion, HMAT Kanowna, Adelaide
16 Aug 1916: Involvement AIF WW1, Private, 2433, 50th Infantry Battalion, Mouquet Farm

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Recently the military authorities conveyed to Mrs. J. Mulligan, of Mundalla, the news that her son, Pte. William Riches, was killed while on active service in France on August 16. Pte. Riches enlisted at Bordertown 18 months ago. He went to Egypt and then to Gallipoli, where he saw five months' active service. He returned to Egypt again, thence proceeded to France, and was in the trenches for six weeks. He attained his 39th birth anniversary on June 26 last. Prior to his enlistment, Pte. Riches resided in the Tatiara district. He was popular by reason of his genial disposition. He followed the pursuit of a rural worker. Privates George and Frank Riches, brothers of the deceased, have also gone to the war." - from the Adelaide Register 21 Sep 1916 (nla.gov.au)