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Regimental number1953
Place of birthKempsey New South Wales
ReligionChurch of England
OccupationFarm labourer
AddressWest Kempsey, Macleay River, New South Wales
Marital statusSingle
Age at embarkation23
Next of kinFather, Owen Richardson, West Kempsey, Macleay River, New South Wales
Enlistment date23 March 1916
Date of enlistment from Nominal Roll21 March 1916
Rank on enlistmentPrivate
Unit name36th Battalion, 2nd Reinforcement
AWM Embarkation Roll number23/53/2
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Sydney, New South Wales, on board HMAT A15 Port Sydney on 4 September 1916
Rank from Nominal RollDriver
Unit from Nominal Roll33rd Battalion
Recommendations (Medals and Awards)

Military Medal

Recommendation date: 12 October 1918

FateReturned to Australia 3 July 1919

Military Medal

'For conspicuous courage and devotion to duty during the operations from September 29th to October 1st, 1918, near BONY. Private RICHARDSON acted as a stretcher bearer, and did most excellent work. On September 29th he carried six cases over an exposed and heavily shelled area, on the following day he carried a similar number under heavy machine gun fire. While tending to the wounded in the open on October 1st, he was severely wounded. Throughout the operation this man displayed the greatest courage and desire to alleviate the wounded. He never spared himself and he was undoubtedly the means of saving several lives.'
Source: 'Commonwealth Gazette' No. 115
Date: 10 October 1919

Other details

War service: Western Front

Medals: Military Medal, British War Medal, Victory Medal
Date of death8 October 1974
Place of burialEast Kempsey Cemetery

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