Chatteris WW1 Soldier John Richardson 57511. Chatteris Remembers Biography
Pte John Richardson 57511, 11th Bn Royal Fusiliers Died on March 22nd 1918 John Richardson was born about 1890 in Chatteris. In 1891 he lived with his parents, sisters and older brother on Curtis Row in Chatteris. By the end of the war his parents lived in Oxode, Pymoor. John enlisted in Bury St Edmunds. He was in the East Kent Regiment and then was transferred to the Royal Fusiliers. John was killed in action on 22nd March 1918, the start of the German Spring Offensive. When the Germans attacked the 11th battalion withdrew across the Canal De St Quentin at the village of Jussy, to the south of St Quentin. From “The Royal Fusiliers in The Great War”, March 22nd: “The 11th Battalion had reached their new positions after their withdrawal across the canal after midnight. They were thoroughly tired out and very hungry, and the cookers were the most pleasant sight on the West bank of the canal. The canal was an obstacle to the German advance but above Jussy it makes a sharp bend to the west, leaving the small town a salient. The German machine guns were able to enfilade the position and make it untenable.” Despite being attacked and Germans gaining a foothold on the west bank of the canal the 11th battalion a=managed to keep hold of that position until nightfall but Richardson did not survive. John has no known grave and is commemorated on the Pozieres Memorial. Project File contains: • CWGC certificate • 1891 Census • Soldiers Died • Extract from Royal Fusiliers in the Great War • Photo of name on memorial
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