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John Harold RICHARDSON

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Surname: RICHARDSON

Forename(s): John Harold

Place of Birth: Earby, Yorkshire

Service No: 14857

Rank: Private

Regiment / Corps / Service: King’s Own (Yorkshire Light Infantry)

Battalion / Unit: 9th (Service) Battalion

Division: 21st Division

Age: 19

Date of Death: 1915-09-27

Awards: ---

CWGC Grave / Memorial Reference: Panel 97 and 98.

CWGC Cemetery: ---

CWGC Memorial: LOOS MEMORIAL

Non-CWGC Burial: ---

Local War Memorial: EARBY, YORKSHIRE

Additional Information:

John Harold Richardson was the son of John and Mary Richardson, née Brunskill. John, senior, was born Dufton, Westmorland, c. 1869 and Mary at Sedbergh, Yorkshire, c. 1869. They were married in 1889. Mary died in 1900.

John Harold Richardson has not been found in any census. In 1911 his father was living at 27, Green End Avenue, Earby.

British Army WW1 Medal Rolls Index Cards: Pte John Richardson, 14857, Yorkshire Light Infantry. Theatre of War first served in: (1) France. Qualifying date [for 1914-15 Star]: 11 September 1915.

Army Registers of Soldiers' Effects: Pte John Richardson, 14857, 9/K.O.Y.L.I. Date and Place of Death: 27.9.15. In action. To whom Authorised: Foster Mother Sole Legatee Mrs Mary Ann Dodgson. Amount Authorised: £5 2s. 3d.

See also:
‘Earby in the First World War’ by Stephanie Carter, published by Earby & District Local History Society (2014).
‘Our Finest Crop’ by Steven Marshall, published by Earby & District Local History Society (2020).

Data Source: Local War Memorial

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Regiment / Corps / Service Badge: King’s Own (Yorkshire Light Infantry)

Regiment / Corps / Service Badge: King’s Own (Yorkshire Light Infantry)

Divisional Sign / Service Insignia: 21st Division

Divisional Sign / Service Insignia: 21st Division

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Surname: RICHARDSON

Forename(s): John

Born: Earby, Colne, Lancs

Residence:

Enlisted: Nelson

Number: 14857

Rank: Private

Regiment: King's Own (Yorkshire Light Infantry)

Battalion: 9th Battalion

Decorations:

Died Date: 27/09/15

Died How: Killed in action

Theatre of War: France & Flanders

Notes:

Data from Commonwealth War Graves Commission Records

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Surname: RICHARDSON

Forename(s): John

Country of Service: United Kingdom

Service Number: 14857

Rank: Private

Regiment: King's Own Yorkshire Light Infantry

Unit: 9th Bn.

Age:

Awards:

Died Date: 27/09/1915

Additional Information:

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15 October 1915

EARBY MAN KILLED IN ACTION

News has been received that Private John Harold Richardson, 2nd King’s Own Yorkshire Light Infantry, was killed in action in France on October 3rd. The information has been conveyed to relatives by the Rev. E. W. Crosland, chaplain.

Private Richardson, who was only nineteen years of age, was the son of the late Mr. John Richardson, of 27, Green End Avenue, Earby. Prior to enlistment he resided with friends at Nelson, and at one time was employed as a twister by Messrs. R. Nutter, of Sough Bridge, and Earby.

A rumour gained currency that Private Richardson had gained the D.C.M., but it turned out that this distinction had fallen to a Nelson private named James Henry Richardson, belonging to the same regiment but attached to the 179th Company of the Royal Engineers. The act which gained this high recognition was performed on August 28th, whereas Private John Harold Richardson spent a portion of his leave at Earby in the first week in September.

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15 October 1915

EARBY D.C.M.

A similarity of initials has led to confusion in regard to the award of the D.C.M. to Private J.H. Richardson, of Earby, since reported killed. His full name is John Harold Richardson, and he spent a portion of his final leave at Earby in the first week of September, while the deed for which he was reported to have gained high recognition was performed on August 26th. It turns out that the man thus honoured is a Nelson private, named James Henry Richardson, belonging the same regiment, the K.O.Y.L.I., but who is attached to the 179th Company Royal Engineers.

The report of the death of Pte. Richardson (of Earby) is confirmed by a letter of condolence received by Mrs. Dodgson, 96 Napier Street, Nelson, from Rev. E.W. Crosland, chaplain to the regiment, to whom Richardson acted as orderly.

15 October 1915

EARBY SOLDIER’S D.C.M.

Since Reported Killed

There is a tragic sequel to the bestowal of the Distinguished Conduct Medal on Private H. Richardson, 2nd Battalion King’s Own Yorks Light Infantry, which was announced in Monday’s official list as having been awarded.

“For conspicuous gallantry and devotion to duty at La Boiselle on 26th August 1915, a Corporal and a Private had been overcome by gas at the bottom of a mine. An Officer rescued one and then called for volunteers to rescue the other. Private Richardson, although no safety apparatus was available, at once went down the mine and succeeded in bringing up the other man.”

Private Richardson, who was only 19 years of age, was the son of the late Mr. John Richardson, of 27 Green End Avenue, Earby. He has since been unofficially reported killed in action in France on October 3rd. The news came from the chaplain of the regiment to friends at Nelson, with whom Private Richardson has been living prior to enlistment. He was formerly employed as a twister at Messrs. R. Nutter and Sons, Sough Bridge, and Earby.

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