Alfred Henry RICHARDS MM

RICHARDS, Alfred Henry

Service Numbers: 1964, 1964A
Enlisted: 17 April 1916
Last Rank: Sergeant
Last Unit: 40th Infantry Battalion
Born: Caverside, Tasmania, Australia, August 1894
Home Town: Sheffield, Kentish, Tasmania
Schooling: Wilmot State School, Tasmania, Australia
Occupation: Farmer
Died: GSW abdomen, 10th Aust Field Ambulance, France, 18 July 1918
Cemetery: Villers-Bretonneux Military Cemetery
Plot XII, Row E, Grave No. 8
Memorials: Australian War Memorial Roll of Honour, Kentish Municipality Honour Roll Mural, Sheffield War Memorial
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World War 1 Service

17 Apr 1916: Enlisted AIF WW1, Private, 1964, 40th Infantry Battalion
8 Aug 1916: Involvement Private, 1964A, 40th Infantry Battalion
8 Aug 1916: Embarked Private, 1964A, 40th Infantry Battalion, HMAT Ballarat, Hobart
8 Dec 1916: Promoted AIF WW1, Lance Corporal, 40th Infantry Battalion
12 Jan 1917: Promoted AIF WW1, Corporal, 40th Infantry Battalion
12 Jun 1918: Wounded AIF WW1, Corporal, 1964, 40th Infantry Battalion, GSW neck
6 Jul 1918: Promoted AIF WW1, Sergeant, 40th Infantry Battalion
18 Jul 1918: Involvement Sergeant, 1964, 40th Infantry Battalion
27 Nov 1918: Honoured Military Medal, German Spring Offensive 1918, South of VILLE SUR ANCRE on night 18th/19th April, 1918, for his gallant conduct in an attack on a hostile patrol 800 yards from our lines. Our patrol intended to attack an enemy post containing about a dozen of the enemy. An enemy patrol of 9 men, however, moved out from this post and took up a position in shell holes between our patrol and our front line. The patrol leader ordered an attack on the enemy patrol. Corporal RICHARDS shot one of the enemy who ordered him to surrender, and wounded others. he displayed great dash and determination and under heavy machine gun fire assisted in carrying back to our lines one of the enemy dead, from whom identifications urgently required were obtained.


The details provided are taken from the book "Stealth Raiders - a few daring men in 1918" written by Lucas Jordan, published 2017, refer to pages 40, 181 and 273. Prior to the war he was a farmer of Sheffield Tas. He enlisted 11th Apr 1916 aged 21 years. He served with the 40th Infantry Battalion, rising to the rank of Sergeant. Unfortunately, he was seriously wounded and eventually Died of those Wounds 18th July 1918. Rest in Peace - Lest We Forget.

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