Richards, Alfred A


War Service:
Private G/1330 ALFRED RICHARDS of 7th battalion Queen's Own (Royal West Kent Regiment) was killed in action on 3 August 1917, aged 23.

“..7/RWK went into the front trenches on the night of August 3rd/4th and had a wet and uncomfortable four days in the line. The trenches were in shocking condition, the rain was heavy and continuous and many wounded were lying out in No Man’s Land, whom the battalion endeavoured to bring in. But the enemy were inactive, even his guns did little, and though the battalion’s patrols were enterprising and had several encounters with the enemy these resulted in few casualties but yielded several prisoners. The battalion was relieved on the night of the 7th/8th.”
Source: The Queens Own Royal West Kent Regiment- 1914 to 1919 by C T Atkinson.

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

Location of Memorial:
He is also remembered on the Sydenham South Suburban Gas Works war memorial.

He was the son of William and Annie Richards, of 3, Camden Cottages, South End Lane, Lower Sydenham.


Contributed By: Andy Pepper

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