Thomas Henry Richards

Service:                Army

Rank:                    Sapper

Service No:           1697

Unit:                     3/1st S.M. Field Company Royal Engineers

 

 

Thomas was born at Bristol St Simons in 1892 he was the second child of Thomas & Ellen Richards, Thomas Richards senior was a boot maker. In 1901 Thomas his parents & 4 siblings were resident at 8 Sherbourne Street St. George Bristol. Ten years later, in 1911, Thomas had a further 4 younger siblings and the family were now living at 18 Clouds Hill Avenue, St. George Bristol; 18 year old Thomas was employed as a printer.

479th Field Company RE was allocated to 61st Division,      3/1st (South Midland).The 'first line' 48th (South Midland) Division went to France in March 1915.

The units of the 'second line', the 2nd South Midland Division, remained at home for some time. Along with other 'second line' Divisions suffered it greatly from lack of equipment of all sorts, and training was inevitably affected

In early January 1915 the units moved and concentrated in the Northampton area. Drafts began to leave for the 'first line' units, and their places taken by new recruits. In April 1915 the Division moved to Chelmsford and soon afterward the number 61 was issued and the full title became 61st (2nd South Midland Division).

Thomas died in Chelmsford on 28 May 1915,

He was buried and is remembered with honour at the Bristol Avon View Cemetery, Grave Location DBS 49.

Image by Doug Crew.

References

Commonwealth War Graves Commission

Soldiers Died in the Great War

1901 & 1911 UK household census

The Long, Long Trail