Richard Henry RITTER MSM


RITTER, Richard Henry

Service Number: 222
Enlisted: 23 November 1914, Oaklands, South Australia
Last Rank: Sergeant
Last Unit: 32nd Infantry Battalion
Born: Moonta, South Australia, date not yet discovered
Home Town: Glenelg, Holdfast Bay, South Australia
Schooling: Moonta Mines Public School
Occupation: Labourer/ Builder
Died: Died of wounds, France, 28 May 1918, age not yet discovered
Cemetery: Crouy British Cemetery, Crouy-sur-Somme
Memorials: Adelaide National War Memorial, Australian War Memorial Roll of Honour, East Moonta Soldiers' Aid League Roll of Honour, Moonta All Saint's Anglican Church Memorial Honour Roll, Moonta Mines Public School Roll of Honour WW1, Moonta War Memorial
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World War 1 Service

23 Nov 1914: Enlisted AIF WW1, Private, SN 222, 24th Infantry Battalion, Oaklands, South Australia
18 Nov 1915: Involvement AIF WW1, Sergeant, SN 222, 32nd Infantry Battalion, Enlistment/Embarkation WW1
18 Nov 1915: Embarked SN 222, 32nd Infantry Battalion, HMAT Geelong, Adelaide
28 May 1918: Involvement Sergeant, SN 222, 32nd Infantry Battalion

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... Sergeant (Sgt) (Cook) Richard Henry Ritter, 32nd Battalion. A labourer from Glenelg, South Australia, prior to enlistment as a Private in the 24th Battalion, he was transferred to the 32nd Battalion, promoted to Sergeant and appointed Battalion Cook on 15 August 1915. He embarked from Adelaide with A Company on 18 November 1915 aboard HMAT Geelong for Suez. The battalion relocated to the Western Front, France, during mid-June 1916. He was awarded the Meritorious Service Medal (MSM) in March 1918 for his continuous devotion to duty. Sgt Ritter was wounded in action near Corbie, France, on 27 May 1918, and died of these wounds the following day in 5 Casualty Clearing Station. He was aged 38 years.

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