Richard Charles WHITEFORD

WHITEFORD, Richard Charles

Service Number: 2843
Enlisted: 20 May 1918, Perth
Last Rank: Private
Last Unit: Railway Unit (AIF)
Born: Northam, Western Australia, Australia, 30 March 1899
Home Town: Cottesloe, Peppermint Grove, Western Australia
Schooling: Northam State School
Occupation: Fitter and Turner
Died: Natural causes, Plantagenet, Western Australia, Australia, 1967
Cemetery: Not yet discovered
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World War 1 Service

20 May 1918: Enlisted AIF WW1, Private, SN 2843, Railway Unit (AIF), Perth
5 Oct 1918: Involvement Private, SN 2843, Railway Unit (AIF)
5 Oct 1918: Embarked Private, SN 2843, Railway Unit (AIF), SS Zealandic, Melbourne
23 Jul 1919: Embarked AIF WW1, Private, SN 2843, Railway Unit (AIF), HT Main, London for return to Australia - arriving 27 September 1919
27 Sep 1919: Discharged AIF WW1, Private, SN 2843, Railway Unit (AIF)

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Biography contributed by Michael Silver

Private Richard Charles Whiteford (2843), the oldest for four children of Charles and Emily Whiteford, 9 Napier Street, Cottesloe. He was born on 30th March 1899 at Northam and educated at the State School, Northam. 

He enlisted in January 1918, but owing to the fact that he was under age he was debarred from entering camp until 5 May 1918 and then only for service with the Railway Corps. He was transferred to Melbourne and embarked on 5 October for England - arriving on 5 December 1918.

Private Whiteford sailed for France on 30 January 1919 but became seriously ill with bronchitis and influenza. 

He returned to Australia in the SS Main on 28 September 1919.

Source: Australia's Fighting Sons of the Empire.