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Biographical Dictionary - Coorow, Carnamah, Three Springs


Surname

Robert Andrew RICHMOND

Born 1894 in Canning Mills, Western Australia [15]
Son of Joseph RICHMOND and Annie Jane LITTLE [15]
Enlisted in the Australian Imperial Force in Perth on 13 June 1916 [30: item 8032329]
Stated his occupation to be Labourer and his address to be 6 Gladstone Street in East Perth [30]
On enlistment was recorded as 5 feet 2½ inches tall, weighing 120 lbs., with blue eyes, brown hair and a fresh complexion [30]
Initially gave his father as his next of kin, however following his father's death he changed his next of kin to his mother [30]
After training at the Blackboy Hill camp was appointed on 3 October 1916 to the 21st Reinforcements of the 11th Battalion [30]
Embarked from Fremantle, Western Australia for active service abroad on the H.M.A.T. A23 Suffolk on 10 October 1916 [18]
Disembarked in Plymouth, England on 2 December 1916 and after further training proceeded to France on 3 May 1917 [30]
Private 6573 in the Australian Imperial Force's 11th Battalion in France during the First World War [30]
Died of wounds received in action in France on 10 August 1917; buried Villers-Bretonneux Memorial, Somme, France [17] [30]
His mother received his Memorial Scroll, Memorial Plaque, British War Medal and Victory Medal [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]


Among his service record was the following description of how he came by his death:
No. 6573 Pte. RICHMOND R.A. 11th Bn. A.I.F. Died of Wounds 10.8.18.
"The above named soldier was killed on the morning of the 10th August during an attack carried out by this Battalion. It would appear that he was first wounded and while attempting to get back was killed by machine-gun fire. He was shot through the heart and death was instantaneous (two miles south of Herleville, and about two miles east of Vauviliers, France)."


Reference:  Carnamah Historical Society & Museum and North Midlands Project, 'Robert Andrew Richmond' in Biographical Dictionary of Coorow, Carnamah and Three Springs, retrieved 2 March 2021 from www.carnamah.com.au/bio/robert-andrew-richmond [sources]




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