Douglas George RICHARDS


RICHARDS, Douglas George

Service Number: 1750
Enlisted: 7 February 1916
Last Rank: Private
Last Unit: 57th Infantry Battalion
Born: Plaistow, England, United Kingdom, September 1893
Home Town: Melbourne, Melbourne, Victoria
Schooling: Hilda Road Board School, West Ham, London, England
Occupation: Labourer
Died: Illness - pneumonia, Military Hospital, Wareham, Dorset, England, 23 June 1917
Cemetery: Wareham Cemetery
Wareham Cemetery (Plot B, Row D, Grave No. 16), Dorset
Memorials: Australian War Memorial Roll of Honour
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World War 1 Service

7 Feb 1916: Enlisted AIF WW1, Private, SN 1750, 58th Infantry Battalion
4 Apr 1916: Involvement Private, SN 1750, 58th Infantry Battalion
4 Apr 1916: Embarked Private, SN 1750, 58th Infantry Battalion, HMAT Euripides, Melbourne
27 May 1916: Transferred AIF WW1, Private, 57th Infantry Battalion
23 Jun 1917: Involvement Private, SN 1750, 57th Infantry Battalion

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Biography contributed by Evan Evans

The summary below was completed by Cathy Sedgwick – Facebook “WW1 Australian War Graves in England/UK

Died on this date - 23rd June....Private Douglas George Richards was born at Plaistow, London, England in 1892.

According to information supplied by his father for the Roll of Honour, Douglas Richards came to Australia when he was 17 years old.

Douglas Richards enlisted in the Australian Imperial Force (A.I.F.) in Melbourne, Victoria on 7th February, 1916 as a 22 year old Labourer. He embarked from Melbourne on 4th April, 1916 & disembarked at Alexandria on 8th May, 1916. Private Richards proceeded to France & arrived there on 24th June, 1916.

Private Richards was admitted to 15th Field Ambulance on 3rd July, 1916 with Otitis Media (inflammation of middle ear). He was sent to Hospital & rejoined 57th Battalion on 12th August, 1916.

Private Richards was sent to Hospital on 1st November, 1916 with Trench Feet. He was invalided to England & admitted to Graylingwell War Hospital, Chichester, West Sussex on 8th November, 1916. He was discharged from Hospital & posted to No. 1 Command Depot at Perham Downs, Wiltshire on 20th December, 1916. He was transferred to No. 4 Command Depot at Wareham, Dorset on 20th January, 1917.

Private Douglas George Richards was admitted to Military Hospital, Wareham, Dorset on 2nd March, 1917 seriously ill with pneumonia. He died at 7.50 pm on 23rd June, 1917 having been in hospital for 114 days. Private Richards was buried in Wareham Cemetery, Wareham, Dorset, England where 12 other WW1 Australian Soldiers are buried.

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