Roy Stanley George RICHARDS

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RICHARDS, Roy Stanley George

Service Numbers: 60519, V374036
Enlisted: 16 July 1918, 12 Mths Senior Cadets
Last Rank: Private
Last Unit: 11th to 15th Depot Unit of Supply
Born: Berrigan, New South Wales, Australia, 28 December 1898
Home Town: Yerong Creek, Lockhart, New South Wales
Schooling: Not yet discovered
Occupation: Farmer
Died: Illness, Australia, 4 December 1943, aged 44 years
Cemetery: Springvale War Cemetery, Melbourne, Victoria
Memorials: Australian War Memorial Roll of Honour
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World War 1 Service

16 Jul 1918: Enlisted AIF WW1, Private, SN 60519, 16th to 27th Reinforcements (NSW), 12 Mths Senior Cadets
4 Sep 1918: Embarked Private, SN 60519, 16th to 27th Reinforcements (NSW), HMAT Bakara, Sydney
4 Sep 1918: Involvement Private, SN 60519, 16th to 27th Reinforcements (NSW)
8 Oct 1919: Discharged AIF WW1, Private, SN 60519, 11th to 15th Depot Unit of Supply, 3rd MD

World War 2 Service

3 Sep 1939: Involvement SN V374036

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Biography contributed by Evan Evans

From How We Served
 
The final resting place for; - 60519 and V374036 Warrant Officer Class 2 Roy Stanley George Richards of Berrigan and Yerong Creek, New South Wales who at the time of his enlisting for War Service on the 16th of July 1918 had been engaged in farm laboring.

This was Roy’s second attempt to enlist for War Service, having originally enlisted on the 26th of March, only to be discharged as being medically unfit. Roy was allocated to the 17th General Service Reinforcements 1st AIF, and was embarked for England and further training on the 4th of September.

Whilst at sea, Roy was admitted into the ship’s hospital after having contracted influenza, but was soon recovered, and returned to duty. Arriving in England on the 14th of November, three days after the signing of the Armistice, Roy was sent to the 2nd Australian Training Battalion at Fovant, and from there he was sent over to France where he arrived on the 23rd of January 1919. Roy was taken on strength with the 15th Depot Unit of Supply, Australian Army Service Corps, and remained in France until he was returned to England to begin his repatriation back to Australia, departing on the 2nd of August.

Following his return to Australia, Roy received his official discharge from the 1st AIF for his re-entry into civilian life on the 8th of October 1919.

With the start of a second World War, Roy again sort service with the Australian Military Forces, enlisting on the 22nd of March 1942, and having been accepted for full time home service, Roy taken on strength with Headquarters Victorian Volunteer Defense Corps.
Roy was serving with this Unit as a Warrant Officer Class 2 when he succumbed to illness on the 4th of December 1943, at the age of 44.

Following his premature death, whilst serving with Australian Military Forces, Warrant Officer 2nd Class Roy Richards, a veteran of two World Wars, was formally interred within Springvale War Cemetery, Victoria.

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