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Richard Ayres RITCHIE

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Surname: RITCHIE

Forename(s): Richard Ayres

Place of Birth: Kildare, Ireland

Service No: ---

Rank: Lieutenant

Regiment / Corps / Service: Norfolk Regiment

Battalion / Unit: 2nd Battalion

Division: 6th (Poona) Indian Division

Age: 24

Date of Death: 1915-11-22

Awards: ---

CWGC Grave / Memorial Reference: Panel 10.

CWGC Cemetery: ---


Non-CWGC Burial: ---


Additional Information:

Richard Ayres Ritchie was the son of Thomas and Alice Jane Ritchie, née Pearsall. Thomas was born at Kill, County Kildare, Ireland and Alice at Edgbaston, Warwickshire. Richard’s brother, 2nd Lieutenant Thomas Pearsall Ayres Ritchie, 4th Bn Rifle Brigade, was killed in action on the 15 March 1915. He also attended Sedbergh School.

1911 Westminster, London Census: 103, Jermyn Street - Richard Ayres Ritchie, aged 19 years, born Kildare, Ireland. [Richard, an Oxford Undergrauate, was a visitor of Thomas Bailey, a lodging house keeper.]

Richard was married to Enid Kathleen Stuckey in 1915.

British Army WW1 Medal Rolls Index Cards: Lieut Richard Ayres Ritchie, Norfolk Rgt. Theatre of War first served in: ( - ). Date of entry therein: ( - ). K. in A. 22/24.11.15. Correspondence: Widow. Mrs R.A. Ritchie, Melbourne House, Crowborough, Sussex.

British Army WW1 Medal and Award Rolls: Lieut R.A. Ritchie, Norfolk Regiment. K. in A. 22/24.11.15.

Army Registers of Soldiers' Effects: Lt R.A. Ritchie, 3 Norfolk Regt. Date and Place of Death: Persian Gulf. Killed in Action 22/24.11.15. To whom issued/Amount: Executrix - Mrs. Enid Kathleen Ritchie. £50 8s. 3d.

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Lieutenant Richard Ayres RITCHIE

Lieutenant Richard Ayres RITCHIE

Regiment / Corps / Service Badge: Norfolk Regiment

Regiment / Corps / Service Badge: Norfolk Regiment

Divisional Sign / Service Insignia: 6th (Poona) Indian Division

Divisional Sign / Service Insignia: 6th (Poona) Indian Division

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Surname: RITCHIE

Forename(s): Richard Ayres





Rank: Lt

Regiment: Norfolk Regiment

Battalion: 3rd Battalion


Died Date: 22/11/15

Died How: Killed in action

Theatre of War:

Notes: (Att 2/Bn)

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Surname: RITCHIE

Forename(s): Richard Ayres

Country of Service: United Kingdom

Service Number:

Rank: Lieutenant

Regiment: Norfolk Regiment

Unit: 3rd Bn. attd. 2nd Bn.

Age: 24


Died Date: 22/11/1915

Additional Information: Son of Thomas and Alice Ritchie; husband of Enid Kathleen Ritchie, of The Shack, Crowborough, Sussex.

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(Courtesy of Sedbergh School Archive and Heritage Centre)


1541 – Ritchie, Richard Ayres: (Mr. Lemarchand and Sedgwick House), son of T. Ritchie, Cromer; brother of No. 1737; born November 10th 1891; left July 1910; XI. 1909, 1910; XV. 1909. Great War:– Lieut., Norfolk Regt., killed in action November 24th, 1915.


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[The following information about R.A. Ritchie is from Rouge et Noir the Sedgwick House magazine]

[July 1909]

R.A. Ritchie. – Has a neat style and hits well, but must learn to watch the ball more carefully

[December 1909, rugby game report Sedgwick House v Evans House]

R.A. Ritchie (Forward) 12st 8lbs. – A very good forward of the honest hard shoving sort. He keeps his eye on the ball, and is always there or thereabouts in a forward rush.

[July 1910, cricket game report Sedgwick House v Evans House]

R.A. Ritchie. – Good fortune has not been very kind to him this season, and he has often lost his wicket for a very slight lapse. He must take care to cure himself of the habit of feeling for a good length ball, and playing forward at the pitch of it. Has a good style, which is bound to tell in the long run.

[March 1910]


This race was run in very bad weather, a strong, cold, west wind was blowing, carrying with it sheets of rain, which caught the runners across the fells and met them coming along the road, in addition to this, the course was very heavy and in very bad condition. There were twenty starters, of which seventeen finished, seven being from Sedgwick House.

Scott, the Martynite favourite, led till ‘green hill,’ closely followed by Mulholland and Smith. By the time Thrush Ghyll was reached, however, he had dropped back and the order there was Mulholland, Jackman, Scott, Kaye, Smith, and Atkinson. Along the hills to Cautley Jackman assumed the lead, and at Cautley, was three hundred yards in front of Atkinson, who was the same distance in front of Mulholland, Kaye, Strother, and Scott, who came next. Difficulty was experienced by some of the runners, owing to the mist, in reaching the plantation, but here Atkinson caught up with Jackman; Strother was third, while Maxwell and Ritchie, both running strongly, were coming into the race. Over the hills down into Hebblethwaite, Atkinson went away, and at the other side of that ghyll was fifty yards ahead of Jackman, who was about three hundred in front of Strother running with Kaye, Mulholand, and Maxwell. At Danny Bridge Atkinson had increased his lead, but the order was the same. Going up the hill, however, Strother, who was running very strongly, stepping on a loose stone, strained his ankle. This misfortune cost him a high place, and it was with great difficulty that he pluckily struggled in sixth. The two leaders, therefore, had things pretty much their own way, and Atkinson came in an easy winner, a minute ahead of Jackman. Meanwhile Maxwell and Ritchie had been coming steadily along the road, and passing Kaye shortly after Danny Bridge, Strother by the town football field, and Mulholland up Punch’s hill, they finished third and fourth respectively. Strother, as we have said, was sixth, Mackintosh was tenth, Johnstone twelfth, and Burnside i. Fourteenth.

Taking the state of the weather and course into consideration, the times were very good.

It is to be noticed that although our house sent in by far the largest entry, all our men finished very fresh. This was due almost entirely to the trouble and care with which Mr. Lemarchand trained them, and his skill and experience is always a great advantage to the members of this house. The times and places of this house were:–

1, Atkinson 1-17-5.
3, Maxwell 1-22-5.
4, Ritchie 1-22-6.
6, Strother 1-23
10, Mackintosh 1-27-2.
12, Johnstone i. 1-28-29.
14, Burnside i. 1-30.

The times of the leaders at various points were, Thrush Ghyll 12 mins, Cautley 24-10, Hebblethwaite 46 mins.

Sprinting and springy, just as if he’d sat pins on,
Comes Victor Grayson–no, I mean victor Atkinson.
“Dark,” and full back, so almost fully black man,
He beats them all save one–each man jack–Jackman.
Forward in this, as well as other packs–well,
We’ll give him all due weight, twice seven stone Maxwell.
Vain the pursuit of riches! To a pitch he
Of folly mounts, who pursues after Ritchie.
Alas! wind, rain, heavy Baugh Fell’s dull “col,” and
The law are ‘gainst light weights–well run, Mulholland!
Like my poor rhyme, he sometimes trips, O bother!
Sixth, so I fear above his Form, ends Strother.

[December 1915]


Within the last week we have learned of the death of R.A. Ritchie, while still mourning the loss of his brother ”Tommy.” In sorrowing for this twofold loss we are proud to think that neither hesitated to pay the greatest sacrifice. Richard Ayres Ritchie met his death in the campaign of the Persian Gulf, on November 20th.

“Rest with your still and solemn fame,
The hills keep record of your name,
And never can a touch of shame
Darken the buried brow.”


(Courtesy of Sedbergh School Archive and Heritage Centre)

The Sedberghian, VOL. XXXI. NO. 4. JULY, 1910 – Cricket.


R.A. Ritchie. A cheerful and persevering cricketer, but he has not made as many runs as was hoped; he plays a fast bowler well enough, but is too slow-footed to appreciate a slow one. Fair field.


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The Sedberghian, VOL. XXXVII. NO. 1. FEBRUARY, 1916 – Obituary Notes.


Lieut. 3rd Norfolk Regiment.

(Killed in action, Mesopotamia, November 15th).

Richard Angus Ritchie came to Lupton House, at that time Mr. Lemarchand’s, in 1905, and went over with him to Sedgwick House, where he stayed till 1910. His sturdy figure and happy disposition soon won him popularity. Passionately devoted as he was to the country and all country pursuits, he never failed to make one of a party which always foregathered on Extra Halves, though in those days it was the usual jest to “take old Dick to keep the pace back”! As time went on, though he did not attain a high place in School – not from want of trying – he developed considerable prowess in games. He won his XV. cap as a sturdy forward, and on going up to Trinity College, Oxford, he only just missed his Blue in the year of Fred. Turner’s captaincy, being 9th man in the strong ‘Varsity pack. He also won his cricket colours at School, and to crown all, he surprised even his warmest admirers by getting a place in The Wilson. In the School and in Sedgwick House in particular his influence was great and good. During the holidays never so happy as when out with a dog and a gun–he was an excellent shot and all-round sportsman. Like the rest of his family he took a great interest in Natural History, and his lectures on birds to the Sedgwick Society were always popular. He only spent a few terms at Oxford and then went out to British Colombia, where he started a fruit ranch, and after many rough and interesting experiences, he was just settling down when the war broke out. He came back at once and joined the Norfolk Regiment. He married while in this country, and was ordered out almost immediately to Mesopotamia, where he was killed at Ctesiphon. It was only the other day that we were mourning the loss of one brother, and now, as seems to have happened so often, the other has followed him. Dick and Tommy Ritchie were indeed lovely in their lives, and happy-hearted Englishmen that we would have all Sedberghians aim at being. To his people and his wife, we at Sedbergh, and especially those of us who had the privilege of knowing him, offer our deepest sympathy.


(Courtesy of Sedbergh School Archive and Heritage Centre)

[The following information about R.A. Ritchie [previous school: Suffield Park, Cromer] is taken mainly from Rouge et Noir the Sedgwick House magazine]

House cricket team – in match v Lupton was opening bat and took two catches – June 1907.

Went to Bisley but did not shoot – July 1907.

Played in 2nd House XV. – November 1907.

Ran in Ten Mile 1909, placed 13th with a time of 1-25-15.

‘House Sergeant’ in Corps – Candidate for Cert. A exam – Captained House second XV. – School 2nd XV. badge – 1st XV. stockings – House Prefect – November 1919

First XV. cap – February 1910.

Second in heat of Open Hurdles – June 1910.

England & Wales, National Probate Calendar (Index of Wills and Administrations), 1858-1966


RITCHIE Richard Ayres of Overstrand Lodge Cromer Norfolk died between the 22 and 24 November 1915 at Ctesiphon in Mesopotamia killed in action Probate London 30 October to Enid Kathleen Ritchie widow and Archibald Thomas Ayres Ritchie Lieutenant in H.M. Grenadier Guards. Effects £273 4s. 1d.

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Sedbergh School Rugby First XV 1909-10

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Sedbergh School Rugby First XV 1909-10: Richard Ayres Ritchie - back row, 5th from left

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Sedbergh School Cricket First XI 1910

Sedbergh School Cricket First XI 1910

Sedbergh School Cricket First XI 1910: Richard Ayres Ritchie - back row, 3rd from left

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2nd Lieutenant Thomas Pearsall Ayres Ritchie, killed in action 15 March 1915, the brother of Lieutenant Richard Ayres Ritchie

2nd Lieutenant Thomas Pearsall Ayres Ritchie, killed in action 15 March 1915, the brother of Lieutenant Richard Ayres Ritchie

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03 December 1915


Lieutenant R. A. Ritchie, 2nd Norfolk Regiment, killed in the Persian Gulf, aged 24 years, was the second son of Mr. and Mrs. T. Ritchie, of Overstrand, and was educated at Sedbergh School and Trinity College, Oxford. He was in Canada when war was declared, and returned here and applied for a commission from the O. T. C. He married in March last, Enid, daughter of Major Stuckey, of Hove.


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    1. Sandra Ritchie November 2, 2019 at 2:56 am #

      I am very grateful for the enormous efforts many people have made to ensure that “they are gone but not forgotten”. May God bless everyone.

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