Albert Ernest Herbert RICHARDS

Regimental number3913
Place of birthCobar, New South Wales
ReligionChurch of England
AddressFourteenth Street, East Cobar, New South Wales
Marital statusSingle
Age at embarkation21
Height5' 11.75"
Weight168 lbs
Next of kinMrs E J Moore, Fourteenth Street, East Cobar, New South Wales
Previous military serviceNil
Enlistment date12 August 1915
Place of enlistmentHolsworthy, New South Wales
Rank on enlistmentPrivate
Unit name2nd Battalion, 12th Reinforcement
AWM Embarkation Roll number23/19/2
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Sydney, New South Wales, on board HMAT A7 Medic on 30 December 1915
Rank from Nominal RollCorporal
Unit from Nominal Roll2nd Battalion
FateReturned to Australia 3 March 1919
Discharge date16 November 1919
Other details

War service: Egypt, Western Front

Embarked Alexandria to join the British Expeditionary Force, 29 March 1916; disembarked Marseilles, France, 4 April 1916.

Admitted to 26th General Hospital, Etaples, 13 April 1916 (inflamed tonsils); discharged to duty, 24 April 1916.

Joined 2nd Bn, in the field, 23 May 1916.

On Command, Divisional School of Instruction, 1 April 1917; rejoined unit, 11 May 1917.

Admitted to 5th Divisional Rest Station, 20 May 1917 (pyrexia, unknown origin); discharged to unit, 3 June 1917; rejoined Bn, in the field, 9 June 1917.

Promoted Corporal, 21 June 1917.

On Command to NSW Training Bn, England, 19 July 1917; appointed to Permanent Cadre of 1st Training Bn, 23 July 1917.

Admitted to 1st Australian Dermatological Hospital, Bulford, 24 July 1917; discharged to Convalescent Training Depot, Bulford, 7 August 1917; total period of treatment for venereal disease: 15 days.

Marched in to 1st Training Bn, 8 September 1917.

Marched out to Overseas Training Brigade, Longbridge Deverill, 9 November 1917.

Attended 16th Rifle Course, School of Musketry, Tidworth, 6 December 1917-8 January 1918; qualified 2nd Class 'with a fair working knowledge of the Lewis Gun'.

Proceeded overseas to France, 23 January 1918; rejoined 2nd Bn, in the field, 31 January 1918.

Admitted to 1st Australian Field Ambulance, 10 March 1918 (conjunctivitis); discharged to duty and rejoined unit, 25 March 1918.

Admitted to 3rd Australian Field Ambulance, 23 May 1918 (influenza), and transferred same day to 18th Casualty Clearing Station; discharged to unit, 29 My 1918; rejoined Bn, in the field, 4 June 1918.

Wounded in action, 24 June 1918 (gun shot wound, left buttock), admitted to 3rd Australian Field Ambulance, and transferred same day to 1st Australian Casualty Clearing Station; to 3rd Canadian General Hospital, Boulogne, 25 June 1918; to England, 27 June 1918, and admitted same day to Norfolk & Norwich Hospital, Norwich. Transferred to 1st Australian Auxiliary Hospital, Harefield, 3 September 1918.. Discharged on furlough, 5 September 1918, to report to No 1 Command Depot, Sutton Veny, 19 September 1918.

Admitted to Group Clearing Hospital, Sutton Veny, 26 November 1918 (no further details recorded).

Marched in to No 2 Command Depot, Weymouth, 28 November 1918.

Commenced return to Australia on board HT 'Euripides', 3 March 1919 (trachoma case); arrived Melbourne, 20 April 1919, for onward travel to Sydney; discharged, Sydney, 16 November 1919.

Medals: British War Medal, Victory Medal
Date of death30 May 1964
Place of burialBotany Cemetery
SourcesNAA: B2455, RICHARDS Albert Ernest Herbert