Richard Baker MANNING

MANNING, Richard Baker

Service Number: 720
Enlisted: 15 February 1916, Adelaide, South Australia
Last Rank: Sergeant
Last Unit: 43rd Infantry Battalion
Born: Norwood, South Australia, May 1896
Home Town: St Peters, Norwood Payneham St Peters, South Australia
Schooling: Not yet discovered
Occupation: Labourer
Died: Norwood, South Australia, 22 July 1936, cause of death not yet discovered
Cemetery: AIF Cemetery, West Terrace Cemetery, Adelaide
Section: LO, Road: 3S, Site No: 37
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World War 1 Service

15 Feb 1916: Enlisted AIF WW1, Private, SN 720, Adelaide, South Australia
9 Jun 1916: Involvement AIF WW1, Private, SN 720, 43rd Infantry Battalion, Enlistment/Embarkation WW1
9 Jun 1916: Embarked AIF WW1, Private, SN 720, 43rd Infantry Battalion, HMAT Afric, Adelaide
5 May 1919: Discharged AIF WW1, Sergeant, SN 720, 43rd Infantry Battalion
Date unknown: Wounded SN 720, 43rd Infantry Battalion

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Biography contributed by Evan Evans

From How We Served

720 Sergeant Richard Baker Manning of Saint Peters, South Australia had been employed as a labourer when he enlisted for War Service on the 15th of February 1916 and was allocated to reinforcements for the 43rd Battalion 1st AIF.

Richard embarked for England and further training on the 3rd of June 1916, and after recovering from illness whilst on the ship over and further hospitalisation on his arrival, he was sent to France on the 25th of November, and after more training he reached his Unit in the trenches on the 18th of February 1917. Richard’s service in France would be continuous in the field, aside a period recovering from slight injury to his thighs in April due to an accident, and attending schools of instruction.

By the 9th of February 1918 Richard was back with his Unit in the trenches, and was granted leave to England on the 18th of February, from which he returned to his Unit on the 7th of March. Shortly after his return to the trenches he was sent to an NCO’s school on instruction but was back with his Unit by the end of the month. From then on until he was wounded in action by a gunshot wound to his shoulder on the 1st of September Richard’s field service had been uninterrupted. Returned to England for hospitalisation, Richard was not to return to France and by the 28th of March 1919, with the War now over Richard arrived back in Australia as an invalid and was formally discharged from the 1st AIF on the 5th of May 1919.

Richard was re-entered into civilian life, with his untimely death occurring on the 22nd of July 1936 at the age of 40, following which he was formally laid to rest within West Terrace Cemetery, South Australia.