Private 18705 Richard Price

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Killed in Action on Wednesday, 10th March 1915, age 27.
Buried in Grave XXVII. J. 23. at Cabaret-Rouge British Cemetery, Souchez, Pas De Calais, France.

1st Bn., Grenadier Guards. 20th Brigade of 7th Division.

Son of John Price, of 36, Park Lane, East Tipton, Staffs.
Born: Tipton, Enlisted: Liverpool, Resident: Unknown.

First landed France & Flanders, 23rd February 1915.
Medal entitlement: 1914-15 Star, British War Medal, Victory Medal.
Soldier's Papers at National Archives did not survive.

Commemorated on the Tipton Library Memorial.
Commemorated here because he appears on a Tipton memorial.

Link to Commonwealth War Graves Site: www.cwgc.org/find-war-dead/casualty/583738/

Genealogical Data

1891 Census
10 Cleton Street, Tipton, Staffs.
William Price (46, General Labourer, born Tipton), his wife Margaret (42, born Tipton), and their 5 children: William (21, Coal Miner, born Tipton ), Thomas (21, Coal Miner, born Tipton ), Joseph (17, Fitter, born Tipton ), Moses (7 ,born Tipton ), and Richard (3, born Tipton).

1901 Census
10 Cleton Street, Tipton, Staffs. >> Next door at number 11 were John and Matilda Price, Richard's Uncle and Aunt - see 1911.
William Price (56, Labourer in Iron Foundry, born Tipton), his wife Margaret (52, born Tipton), and their 3 children: Joseph (21, Coal Miner, born Tipton ), Moses (17, Horse Driver, born Tipton ), and Richard (14, born Tipton).

1911 Census
195 Cross Road, Edgewick, Coventry, Warwicks.
John Price (42, Furnaceman, born Dudley Port), his wife Matilda (41, born Tipton), and their 6 children. Also Richard Price (24, Brother, Miner, born Tipton).

Personal Data

Richard's outstanding army pay and allowances of £1/15/2d (1 pound, 15 shillings and 2 pence) was paid to his 'father' John Price in July 1915. His War Gratuity of £3/0/0d was also paid to John Price in July 1919.

Although the CWGC shows his next of kin as his father, John Price, it seems likely that John Price was his Uncle. The census of 1911 shows Richard living with his Uncle and Aunt in Coventry, and his elderly parents still living at 10 Cleton Street. It apears that his father had died before the outbreak of the war, and his mother died very shortly after Richard's death. Although Richard had 11 surviving siblings (at the 1911 census), it appears that he named his Uncle as the beneficiary of his will.

Action resulting in his death

Commonwealth War Graves Commission show Richard Price as killed between 10th and 16th March 1915.

Newspaper Cuttings

Birmingham Daily Gazette 10th April 1915
The death is officially announced of Private Richard Price, Grenadier Guards, who was killed in action about 10 March. Deceased was the son of a poor blind man living in Park Lane East, Tipton.