Chatteris WW1 Soldier Thomas Richardson 242491. Chatteris Remembers Biography
Thomas William Richardson Private, 242491, 5th Battalion, Yorkshire Regiment Died: 1st November 1917 Thomas William was born in March in 1897, the second son of Matthew and Annie. The Richardsons obviously moved from one farm to another as their 6 children were all born in different places, but all close to Chatteris. In 1911 Thomas William was working as a labourer and living with his family in Fodder Fen, Manea. By the time of his death the family were living in Burnsfield St, near Kingsfield School. He first enlisted in Kitcheners Army and was subsequently discharged, presumably because in 1914 he would have been just 17 and he probably lied about his age. He joined up again in Wisbech and was sent to the front in September 1916. His battalion were involved in the very last attacks of the Passchendaele battle in November 1917 when Thomas William was killed on November 1st. His body was not found and he is commemorated at the Tyne Cot Memorial, close to where he died. . Project File Contains • CWGC Roll of Honour • Article Cambs Times March 15th 1918. • ”Soldiers Died’ • 1911 Census • Photo of his name on memorial • 5th Yorks War Diary • Medal Roll.
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