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Biographical Dictionary - Coorow, Carnamah, Three Springs


Surname

"Harry" Henry Howard RICHARDSON

Born 15 September 1878 in Pekina, South Australia [30] [55]
Son of farmer Thomas RICHARDSON and Eliza MESSENGER [55]
Farmer in Three Springs, Western Australia 1907-1917 [6]
Electoral rolls reveal that prior to farming in Three Springs he had briefly farmed in Coorow [19]
Played for the victorious Three Springs in a cricket match against Arrino on 5 January 1907 [31: 9-Jan-1907]
In May 1910 the Upper Irwin Road Board paid him £10 for contract work he did for them in the Three Springs district [9: 10-Jun-1910]
He did formation work on roads in Kadathinni for the Upper Irwin Road Board for £2/2/6 per chain in June 1911 [9: 2-Jun-1911]
He could be half of "Richardson & Browning" who did contract ploughing for the Road Board in Three Springs in 1911 [9: 24-Mar-1911]
Member of the Kadathinni Farmers and Progress Association in 1911 [9: 21-Jul-1911]
Member of the Three Springs Farmers and Settlers Association in 1916 [10: 19-Sep-1916]
Attended the funeral of Three Springs farmer George R. WATSON at the Karrakatta Cemetery, Perth in September 1916 [10: 19-Sep-1916]
In 1917 seeded 350 acres of wheat crop on his Three Springs property [10: 19-Jun-1917]
Successfully applied to enlist in the Australian Imperial Force in Perth on 22 March 1917 [30: item 8029642]
Before entering camp he made arrangements to lease his farm in Three Springs to local police constable Richard J. HONNER [30]
Resided in Three Springs until entering into camp with the Australian Imperial Force on 21 June 1917 [10: 22-Jun-1917] [30]
On arrival at the Blackboy Hill military camp he was appointed to the 26th Reinforcements of the 16th Battalion [30]
He was recorded as 5 feet 11½ inches tall, weighing 180 pounds, with brown eyes, dark brown hair and a dark complexion [30]
Arrived in Three Springs on Friday morning 6 July 1917 on pre-embarkation leave from camp [10: 13-Jul-1917]
He was tendered a well attended Social at the Agricultural Hall in Three Springs on Friday evening 7 July 1917 [10]
At the Social was presented with a wristlet watch from the people of Three Springs, and wished the best of luck and a safe return [10]
Embarked from Sydney, New South Wales, Australia for active service abroad on the H.M.A.T. A7 Medic on 1 August 1917 [18]
Disembarked in England and after further training in Codford, Wiltshire, England proceeded to France on 16 January 1918 [30]
Private 7811 in the Australian Imperial Force's 16th Battalion in France during the First World War [30]
He was promoted to Lance Corporal in France on 14 July 1918, and around the same time was also awarded the Military Medal [30]
Wounded in Action in France on 8 August 1918, and was admitted to hospital for treatment for a gunshot wound to his head [30]
Died 11 August 1918 from wounds received in action; buried Terlincthun British Cemetery, Wimille, Pas de Calais, France [18] [30]
During his time abroad he and Miss Winifred M. THOMAS of Three Springs had kept in contact through letters [30]
When he wrote his will in Belgium on 7 February 1918 he bequeathed Winifred his farmland, livestock and machinery [30]
He added a testimony statement to his will five days before his death that Winifred's recent marriage in no way changed his will [30]
Winifred had no idea of his fate until reading of his death in The West Australian newspaper on 31 August 1918 [30]
As directed in his will Winifred inherited his Three Springs farmland within leases 5003/56, 5251/56, 2255/55 and 9449/68 [30]
Winifred also inherited all horses, stock, implements, goods and chattels situated or entitled to be situated on the farm [30]
His land in Three Springs comprised within leases 4872/68 and 4873/68 was inherited by his brother John Arthur RICHARDSON [30]
The residue of his estate was inherited by his sister Mrs Alice May EDWARDS of Penong, South Australia [30]
His sister also received the personal effects he had on him when he died, which were sent to her in South Australia in 1919 [30]
The said personal effects consisted of a YMCA Wallet, letter, photo, card, compass, gold ring, knife, testament, stone and ribbon [30]
His name appears on the Three Springs Honour Board, which was unveiled on Tuesday 3 June 1919 [9: 6-Jun-1919] [10: 13-Jun-1919]


Reference:  Carnamah Historical Society & Museum and North Midlands Project, 'Henry Howard Richardson' in Biographical Dictionary of Coorow, Carnamah and Three Springs, retrieved 1 October 2020 from www.carnamah.com.au/bio/henry-howard-richardson [sources]




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