Richard Hampden GUTHRIE


GUTHRIE, Richard Hampden

Service Number: Commissioned Officer
Enlisted: 24 August 1914, Oaklands, City of Marion, South Australia
Last Rank: Lieutenant
Last Unit: 27th Infantry Battalion
Born: London, England, 16 April 1890
Home Town: Glenelg, Holdfast Bay, South Australia
Schooling: Sutton, United Kingdom
Occupation: Shipping Clerk
Died: Died of Wounds, Flers, Picardie, France, 6 November 1916, aged 26 years
Cemetery: Dartmoor Cemetery
Dartmoor Cemetery, Becordel-Becourt, Picardie, France (Plot II, Row E, Grave No 45)
Memorials: Adelaide Elder Smith & Co Limited WW1 Honour Board, Adelaide National War Memorial, Adelaide Rowing Club WW1 Pictorial Honour Board, Glenelg and District WW1 & WW2 Honour Board
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World War 1 Service

24 Aug 1914: Enlisted AIF WW1, Oaklands, City of Marion, South Australia
11 Jan 1915: Involvement AIF WW1, Private, 27th Infantry Battalion, Enlistment/Embarkation WW1
31 May 1915: Embarked AIF WW1, Not listed in the Embarkation Roll
12 Sep 1915: Involvement AIF WW1, Lieutenant, SN Commissioned Officer, 27th Infantry Battalion, 'ANZAC' / Gallipoli
23 Jul 1916: Involvement AIF WW1, Lieutenant, SN Commissioned Officer, 27th Infantry Battalion, Battle for Pozières
5 Nov 1916: Involvement AIF WW1, Lieutenant, SN Commissioned Officer, 27th Infantry Battalion, Flers/Gueudecourt

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Lieutenant (Lt) Richard Hampden Guthrie, 27th Battalion was a 24 year old shipping clerk when he was commissioned on 11 January 1915 having enlisted on 24 August 1914.  Born in the UK, he had emigrated three years earlier.  His parents were Walter Gibson Guthrie and Violet Mary Guthrie, of 'Heatherwood', Heathdene Road, Wallington, Surrey, England He had served for 5 years in the Royal Naval Volunteer Reserve; time expired.

He was promoted to Lieutenant on 26 May 1915 and joined the 27th Battalion at Gallipoli. After Gallipoli, the 27th Battalion returned to Egypt, and then proceeded to France as part of the 2nd Australian Division. The 27th Battalion entered the front-line trenches for the first time on 7 April 1916 and took part in its first major battle at Pozières between 28 July and 5 August.

After a spell in a quieter sector of the front in Belgium, the 2nd Division returned to the south in October 1916. Lt Guthrie was wounded in action at Flers, France, on 5 November 1916 and died on 6 November 1916 at 1st Anzac Medical Dressing Station, France. He was buried at Dartmoor Cemetery Becordel-Becort, one and a half miles south east of Albert, France.


News has been received of the death of Lieutenant R. H. Guthrie on November 6 in France. He was the only son of Mr. and Mrs. Walter Guthrie. of Wallington, Surrey and a nephew of Mr. W. C. Guthrie, of Kynochs, Melbourne. Lieutenant Guthrie arrived in Adelaide in December, 1911, to join the staff of Messrs. Elder, Smith, & Co. He was with this firm at Adelaide, Port Adelaide, and Port Pirie. On the outbreak of the war he offered his services to the Naval Department. having served as a naval cadet in England. No immediate vacancy being availably he joined the army as a private, and before leaving Australia gained the rank of second lieutenant. In Egypt he received promotion to a first lieutenancy. He fought on Gallipoli, but before the evacuation was invalided to London. On his recovery he was allotted to the transport staff at Marseilles, thence to the fighting line with his old battalion. Lieutenant Guthrie was an athlete, a prominent member of the Adelaide Rowing Club and Glenelg Golf Club. Through his cheery and happy disposition he won his way to many Australian hearts, who grieve with his parents in their sad loss." - from the Adelaide Chronicle 09 Dec 1916 (