RICHARDSON, Frank St Clair

Service Number: 81
Enlisted: Not yet discovered
Last Rank: Trooper
Last Unit: 4th Imperial Bushmen
Born: Clare, South Australia , 23 March 1880
Home Town: Port Lincoln, Port Lincoln, South Australia
Schooling: Not yet discovered
Occupation: Vineyard Hand
Died: Port Lincoln, South Australia, 5 September 1952, aged 72 years, cause of death not yet discovered
Cemetery: Happy Valley Cemetery, Port Lincoln
Port Lincoln RSL Garden of Remembrance, Row D, Plot 16.
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Boer War Service

1 Oct 1899: Involvement Trooper, 81, 4th Imperial Bushmen

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Biography contributed by Robert Kearney

- Researched and written by Anthony Stimson -

Tpr. Frank St Clair Richardson, 20, was a vineyard worker and enlisted with his cousin Percy in March 1900. Percy was staying with Frank’s family when the news broke that the Imperial Government had asked the province to raise a fourth contingent for South African service.

The cousins, both influenced by the khaki fever of the day, had previously discussed volunteering and Frank lost no time in seeking his parents’ permission. They agreed, provided Percy’s parents allowed him to go. Frank’s was an uneventful tour of duty, a far cry from his cousin’s: Percy was badly shot up on 3 July 1900 and his life saved only by the prompt action of Capt. AEM Norton in stemming the flow of blood. Frank Richardson died suddenly on 4 September 1952 after completing shearing on Spilsby Island near Port Lincoln.