Ernest William Richards

Service:                Army

Rank:                   Lance Corporal

Service No:           30832

Unit:                     12th (Service) Battalion Gloucestershire Regiment

 

 

Ernest was the first child of Charles & Clara Richards who in 1891 were living at 9 Earlesmead Terrace St Philip & St Jacob Out Bristol at that time Charles was a fellmonger. The family had moved to 13 Richmond Road by 1901 and Ernest had one younger sibling Harold, Charles Richards now employed as a Foreman in a timber yard. A further move take the family to 32 Northcote Road St George Bristol by 1911, 22 year old Ernest is a foreman & his father is now a Gas Engine Attendant.

The 12th (Service) Battalion Gloucestershire Regiment – better known locally as ‘Bristol’s Own’ was formed and trained in Bristol until June 1915 when it moved to Yorkshire then Salisbury Plain before landing in France on November 21st 1915.

Between then and October 1918 when it was unceremoniously disbanded it fought in all the major battles in France and Flanders and also served in Italy in late 1917 and early 1918. It gained 22 Battle honours and lost one third of its original men.

Ernest Died of Wounds on 24th August 1918, likely at the Casualty Clearing Station near Doullens.

He was buried and is remembered with honour at the Bagneux British Cemetery, Gezaincourt Somme. Grave Location IV G 17.

Image by kind permission of CWGC.

 

References

Commonwealth War Graves Commission

Soldiers Died in the Great War

1891,1901 & 1911 UK household census

The Long, Long Trail