Roy RICHARDS

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RICHARDS, Roy

Service Number: 1280
Enlisted: 2 March 1915, Liverpool, New South Wales
Last Rank: Lance Corporal
Last Unit: 5th Machine Gun Company
Born: Homebush, New South Wales, 24 February 1894
Home Town: Homebush, Strathfield, New South Wales
Schooling: Sydney Grammar School
Occupation: Clerk (wool trade)
Died: Died of wounds, Bristol, England, 26 November 1916, aged 22 years
Cemetery: Bristol (Arnos Vale) Cemetery, Gloucestershire, England
Memorials: Australian War Memorial Roll of Honour
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World War 1 Service

2 Mar 1915: Enlisted AIF WW1, Private, SN 1280, Liverpool, New South Wales
25 Jun 1915: Involvement AIF WW1, Private, SN 1280, 19th Infantry Battalion, Enlistment/Embarkation WW1
25 Jun 1915: Embarked AIF WW1, Private, SN 1280, 19th Infantry Battalion, HMAT Ceramic, Melbourne
16 Aug 1915: Involvement AIF WW1, Private, SN 1280, 19th Infantry Battalion, 'ANZAC' / Gallipoli
10 Mar 1916: Transferred AIF WW1, Private, 5th Machine Gun Company
4 Jul 1916: Promoted AIF WW1, Lance Corporal, 5th Machine Gun Company
23 Jul 1916: Involvement AIF WW1, Private, SN 1280, 5th Machine Gun Company, Battle for Pozières
7 Nov 1916: Wounded AIF WW1, Lance Corporal, SN 1280, 5th Machine Gun Company, Flers/Gueudecourt, GSW (chest)
26 Nov 1916: Involvement AIF WW1, Lance Corporal, SN 1280, 5th Machine Gun Company

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Biography contributed by John Edwards

"Corporal Roy Richards. DIED OF WOUNDS.

Mr. W. E. Richards, Managing Director of Hill, Clark and Co., Ltd., has been advised by cable of the death of his youngest son, Roy, in England, on the 26th November. The first news of his being wounded said that it was not serious, but a further intimation from the military advised "Dangerously ill, gunshot wound in chest," and apparently pneumonia supervened after his arrival at hospital in England. Roy, who was the first of Mr. Richards four sons to enlist, was the only one connected with the business, where he was universally popular. Of a cheerful, bright disposition, he made many friends, both in the office and outside, and his loss is deeply regretted by all, and a great blow to his parents. He was also among the first of the staff, and his home centre of friends to enlist nearly two years ago, being attached to the 19th Battalion Machine Gun Section, which landed in Gallipoli simultaneously with the British forces at Sulva Bay, moving across to link up with the latter, and subsequently he was chiefly at "Quinn's Post," and "Cameron's," remaining on the Peninsula until the evacuation.

After going to France he was attached to the 5th Australian Machine Gun Section, being in action at Armantiers and Poziers and at the time of his death was one of three left out of the original section leaving Australia. His first and only furlough was for eight days in England in September last, and it was evident that he was wounded soon after his return to the front from his holiday. At the time of his death he was a Corporal, and from letters apparently was in a position of great trust in the fighting line. His letters were always cheerful and full of hope, and he was very proud, not only of being an "Anzac," but "Poziers-Anzac" which is a great reputation to have achieved. He gave for his country a good young life, which wus full of promise, and is deeply mourned by all with whom he was associated." - from the Sydney Stock and Station journal 08 Dec 1916 (nla.gov.au)

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