Samuel Alexander (Alex) RICHARDS

RICHARDS, Samuel Alexander

Service Number: Officer
Enlisted: 1 April 1916, Brisbane, Queensland
Last Rank: Captain
Last Unit: 15th Infantry Battalion
Born: Sydney, New South Wales, 30 September 1886
Home Town: Mount Morgan, Rockhampton, Queensland
Schooling: Rockhampton and Brisbane Grammar Schools
Occupation: Dentist
Died: Natural causes, Brisbane, Queensland, 8 August 1982, aged 95 years
Cemetery: Mount Thompson Memorial Gardens & Crematorium
Location: Columbarium 2, Section: Section 2
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World War 1 Service

1 Apr 1916: Enlisted AIF WW1, Lieutenant, SN Officer, Brisbane, Queensland
13 May 1916: Involvement AIF WW1, Lieutenant, SN Officer, 14th Light Horse Regiment, Enlistment/Embarkation WW1
13 May 1916: Embarked AIF WW1, Lieutenant, 14th Light Horse Regiment, HMAT Beltana, Sydney
18 Mar 1917: Transferred AIF WW1, Lieutenant, 9th Infantry Battalion
19 Jun 1917: Transferred AIF WW1, Lieutenant, 15th Infantry Battalion
22 Sep 1917: Promoted AIF WW1, Captain, 15th Infantry Battalion
27 Mar 1919: Discharged AIF WW1, Captain, SN Officer, 15th Infantry Battalion, Appointment terminated

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Biography contributed by Paul Trevor

'RICHARDS, Samuel Alexander. Captain, 15th Battn. Born in Sydney 1886 and educated at Rockhampton and Brisbane Grammar Schools, Sydney and Pennsylvania Universities. Degrees B.D.S. Sydney., D.D.S. Penn. The son of late Samuel Jabez and Jessie Russell Richards, of Narrabeen, N.S.W. Married on 22nd September Madge Anetta, daughter of Frederick Young and Margaret Isabella Fox, of Carfax Station, Clermont, Queensland. From C.Q.L.H. Regt. was appointed Lieut. A.I.F., and sailed per "Beltana" 13th May, 1916, as second in command of A Sqn. 14th L. Horse. In England was transferred to Queensland Infantry Battns. Served with 3rd Trg. Battn., and joined 9th Battn. on 17th March, 1917. Was transferred to 15th Battn. 19th July, 1917. Promoted Captain 22nd September, 1917. Was present at operations in France and Belgium 1917 and early 1918, as O.C. 15th Battn. Seconded for duty 12th Training Battn. as O/c from February to September, 1918. Sailed per "Orontes" for Australia 20th December, 1918, and arrived in Brisbane 14th February, 1919. Appointment terminated 27th March, 1919, and he resumed practice at Queen Street, Brisbane.' from Queenslanders Who Fought in the Great War. (


(From Our Local Correspondent.) Mrs. T. Hill yesterday received a cable-gram from her brother, Lieutenant (Dr.) S. A. Richards, advising his arrival in England.' from Morning Bulletin 19 Jul 1916 (


Dr. Russell Richards and his mother, Mrs. S. J. Richards, are on a visit to Mount Morgan and are the guests of Mrs. J. Hill. Dr. Richards has recently returned from the front after spending over twelve months in the Royal Army Medical Corps. He was on the western front, in Egypt, and at Salonika. He is at present on the medical staff of the Long Shore Hospital, Sydney, and will return to Sydney at the end of the month. Mrs. Richards's other son, Dr. S. A. Richards, who holds a commission in the infantry, is in France.' from Morning Bulletin 6 Jan 1917 (