Ernest Albert RICHARDSON


RICHARDSON, Ernest Albert

Service Numbers: Not yet discovered
Enlisted: 5 January 1915, Service Record indicates he was allocated two service numbers - 2 and 48
Last Rank: Lieutenant
Last Unit: 2nd Pioneer Battalion
Born: Romford, Essex, England, United Kingdom, 1890
Home Town: Not yet discovered
Schooling: Not yet discovered
Occupation: Cook
Died: Killed in Action, France, 2 August 1916
Cemetery: No known grave - "Known Unto God"
Memorials: Australian War Memorial Roll of Honour
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World War 1 Service

5 Jan 1915: Enlisted AIF WW1, Second Lieutenant, 4th Light Horse Regiment, Service Record indicates he was allocated two service numbers - 2 and 48
6 Aug 1916: Promoted AIF WW1, Lieutenant, 2nd Pioneer Battalion
Date unknown: Involvement Lieutenant, 2nd Pioneer Battalion

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Biography contributed by Geoffrey Gillon

Births Dec 1880  Richardson Ernest Albert Romford 4a 262

He is commemorated on the war memorial in the church of St Mary Magdalene in North Ockendon, Essex.
Ernest Albert Richardson's name is located at panel 173 in the Commemorative Area at the Australian War Memorial 

Biography contributed by Geoffrey Gillon

When he attested  on 5th January 1915 at Liverpool, New South Wales, he gave his birthplace as Upminster, in Essex and his mother’s name as Elizabeth of 4 Cliff Lane, South Ockendon., subsequently, no. 3 Primrose Villa, South Ockendon. He had served 12 years in the 1st Battalion, The Buffs-East Kent Regiment. He described himself as a cook, though elsewhere he is described as a farmer. He had joined the 4th Australian Light Horse Brigade on 4th January 1913 and was then enlisted into the 12th Battalion. At enlistment he was 36 years and 4 months old and stated his religion as Church of England.

From 27th August 1915 to 31st December 1915 he was a Staff Sergeant  and during this period he had embarked [30th August 1915] for Gallipoli on the troopship “Southland”; then from 1st January 1916 he became a Regimental Quartermaster Sergeant. He was promoted Temporary Lieutenant – 2nd Pioneer Battalion on 1st April 1916, having proceeded on 16th March 1916 from Alexandria, Egypt to Marseilles to join the British Expeditionary Force in France. He arrived in France on 21st March 1916.He became 2nd Lieutenant [Officer] on 1st April 1916 and Lieutenant on 23rd July 1916.

On 2nd August 1916, he was killed by Machine Gun Fire whilst serving with the 7th Light Trench Mortar Battery-he was engaged in taping out the site for a new trench at Pozieres. A battle was fought over this ground and his body could not be recovered.