Sidney John Richards

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Sidney John Richards
Personal Information
Date of Birth 1 Apr 1879
Place of Birth Taunton, Somerset, England
Death 27 Aug 1962, aged 83
Place of Death Rivervale, Western Australia
Age at Enlistment 39 years old
Description 5'5" tall ; 117lbs
53.07 kg
; fresh complexion ; light hazel eyes ; light brown hair ; scar on left temple
Occupation Market gardener
Religion Church of England
Address Crawford street, East Cannington, Western Australia
Next of Kin Wife , Mrs Ada Richards
Military Information
Reg Number 56393
Date of Enlistment 17 Apr 1918
Rank Private
Unit/Formation Western Australian 2nd Reinforcements allocated to Australian Army Veterinary Hospital
Date of Embarkation 29 Jul 1918 ‒ 27 Sep 1918
Ship Embarked On HMAT A74 Marathon Albany to London
Date of Return 1 May 1919 ‒ 1 Jun 1919
Ship Returned On SS China Devonport to Fremantle
Fate Returned to Australia
Monument Gosnells Road Board Honour Roll
Canning Honour Roll
Wattle Grove Progress Association Roll of Honour
Medals British War Medal

Pre War

In England had served in the Imperial Yeomanry prior to emigration to Australia.

Electoral Roll entries: 1916 - 1917 Crawford street, East Cannington, labourer

War Service

Due to the advanced state of the war when he enlisted, Sidney was allocated to general reinforcements on entry to Blackboy Hill camp, and he travelled to England soon after on HMAT A74 Marathon arriving there on 27 Sep 1918. On arrival he was sent to the 1st Training Battalion in Fovant where a day later (29 September) he was allocated to the 11th Battalion reinforcements.

On 5 Oct 1918 he was transferred to Artillery and moved to the their training base at Heytesbury. Sidney proceeded overseas to France on 27 Nov 1918 and on 18 Dec 1918 in Calais, Sidney was taken on strength by the Australian Veterinary Hospital, remaining with them until he was repatriated to Australia. Marked for early repatriation, on 8 Apr 1919 he returned to Sutton Veny in England to prepare for his return to Australia. Sidney was discharged by the 5th Military District on 15 Jun 1919.

Post War

Electoral Roll entries: 1919 Crawford street, East Cannington, labourer; 1925 Victoria street, Cottesloe Beach, greengrocer; 1931 - 1937 York terrace, Cottesloe Beach; 1943 Drake street, Morley Park, poultry farmer.

Ada died on 26 May 1944 at Morley Park, Western Australia.


Sidney did not qualify for the Victory Medal as he did not enter France until after 11 Nov 1918.

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