Naves, Richard


War Service:
As a reservist he had been recalled to duty on the outbreak of war and at the time of his death was serving as private 4986 in the 1st Battalion, Coldstream Guards.

On 29th October 1914 the Coldstreams were near Gheluveldt, part of the thin line of depleted battalions which was all that prevented the Germans from capturing Ypres. By the end of the day the 1st Battalion had suffered so many casualties that it had no officers left unwounded and only 80 men.

He has no known grave and is commemorated on the Menin Gate

Location of Memorial:
He is remembered on the memorial at Catford police station.

RICHARD NAVES served as a police constable at Camberwell and Penge. He married Lily May Shepherd in Lewisham in the summer of 1911. They lived at 6 Stanstead Road, Forest Hill. He died on 29 October 1914, aged 31.

Extract from Police Orders of Saturday 8th August 1914:

Police Reservists
The undermentioned officers having been directed to rejoin the Army, for service with the Colours, will be retained on the Strength of Force as Supernumaries “off pay” and are to be so shown on the Morning State. They will receive pay as shown : - 4th inst.


Contributed By: Andy Pepper

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