Richard James UNDERWOOD

UNDERWOOD, Richard James

Service Number: 2391
Enlisted: 27 October 1915, Brisbane, Queensland
Last Rank: Lance Corporal
Last Unit: 2nd Light Horse Regiment
Born: St George, Queensland, Australia, 27 July 1897
Home Town: St George, Balonne Shire, Queensland
Schooling: Toowoomba Grammar School, Queensland, Australia
Occupation: Station hand
Died: Died of wounds, Egypt, 20 January 1917, aged 19 years
Cemetery: Kantara War Memorial Cemetery
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Memorials: Australian War Memorial Roll of Honour, St George & District Honour Board, St George Hospital Memorial Pavillion, Surat War Memorial, Toowoomba Grammar School WW1 Honour Board, Toowoomba Grammar School WW1 In Memoriam Honour Board, Toowoomba Roll of Honour WW1, Toowoomba St Luke's Church WW1 Honour Roll, Toowoomba War Memorial (Mothers' Memorial)
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World War 1 Service

27 Oct 1915: Enlisted AIF WW1, Private, 2391, 2nd Light Horse Regiment, Brisbane, Queensland
31 Mar 1916: Involvement Private, 2391, 2nd Light Horse Regiment, --- :embarkation_roll: roll_number: '1' embarkation_place: Sydney embarkation_ship: HMAT Star of Victoria embarkation_ship_number: A16 public_note: ''
31 Mar 1916: Embarked Private, 2391, 2nd Light Horse Regiment, HMAT Star of Victoria, Sydney
20 Jan 1917: Involvement Lance Corporal, 2391, 2nd Light Horse Regiment, --- :awm_ww1_roll_of_honour_import: awm_service_number: 2391 awm_unit: 2nd Australian Light Horse Regiment awm_rank: Lance Corporal awm_died_date: 1917-01-20

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Biography contributed by Faithe Jones

Son of Richard James and Rosa Underwood, of St. George, Queensland.


"...2391 Lance Corporal Richard James Underwood, 2nd Light Horse Regiment, of St George, Qld. LCpl Underwood enlisted on 27 October 1915 and embarked from Sydney aboard HMAT Star of Victoria on 31 March 1916. He died of wounds in Egypt on 20 January 1917, aged 19." - SOURCE (

Richard James Underwood.
IN our last issue we reported that Lance-Corporal Richard Underwood had received severe wounds in a recent engagement in  Egypt, and further word was received yesterday afternoon from the military authorities that he had succumbed to his injuries on  Monday. Young "Dick" Underwood, who was only about 19 years of age, was a fine type of young man— characteristically and  physically— and the news of his death was received with great regret through out the district, in which deceased was known as a promising young fellow, his genial disposition gaining him a large circle of friends. With, reinforcements to the 2nd light horse, "Dick" left early last year for Egypt, where he was in a few warm fights, but in one of the recent big engagements there he unfortunately received his death wounds. The ending of such a happy young life brings the grim tragedy of war closer to our homes and the loss of a lad of such sunny disposition is a severe blow to his mother and other members of the family, who have resided at Warroo for many years and are widely, and favorably, known throughout this and the Surat districts. The sympathy of a large circle of friends is extended them in their sad bereavement.

Right in the van, On the red rampart's slippery swell, With heart that beat a charge, he fell Foeward, as fits a man ; But the high soul burns on to light men's feet Where death for noble  ends makes dying sweet. —Lowell.