Private 18834 Edward Richards

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Killed in Action on Monday, 23rd April 1917, age 21.
Buried in Grave V. A. 2. at Feuchy Chapel British Cemetery, Wancourt, Pas De Calais, France.

8th Bn., South Staffordshire Regiment. 51st Brigade of 17th Division.

Son of Edward and Eliza Richards, of 19, Lock Side, Tipton, Staffs.
Born: Tipton, Enlisted: Tipton, Resident: Tipton.

First landed France & Flanders, post 31st December 1915.
Medal entitlement: 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/301191/

Genealogical Data

1901 Census
4 Court, Queens Road, Tipton, Staffs.
Edward Richards (36, Labourer in Iron Works, born Tipton), Eliza (25, born Tipton), and their 3 children: Edward (4, born Tipton), Cornelius (2, born Tipton), and Joseph (4 months, born Tipton).

1911 Census
1 House 4 Court, Union Street, Tipton, Staffs.
Edward Richards (45, Labourer in Iron Works, born Tipton), Eliza (34, born Tipton), and their 6 surviving children of 7: Edward (14, Labourer, born Tipton), Cornelius (12, born Tipton), Joseph (10, born Tipton), Edith (8, born Tipton), John Thomas (3, born Tipton), and William (7 months, born Tipton).

Personal Data

None Available.

Action resulting in his death

On the 23rd April 1917, the 2nd Battle of the Scarpe began, this was an action in the Battle of Arras. The day is notable for the capture of Gavrelle by the 63rd (Royal Navy) Division, but the 8th South Staffs, as part of 17th (Northern) Division, had no such success.

The 8th South Staffs and the 7th Border Regiment led the attack of the 17th Division on the open undulating slope between the River Scarpe and Monchy, to the east of Arras.

The War Diary records that between 4.45am and 5.40am, three separate attacks were made on the enemy wire, and each time the troops were halted by German machine gun fire from the left flank. By 5.40am, their day's work was done and they were set to consolidating their own trenches, often under a heavy German bombardment.

Edward Richards was amongst the 77 men of the 8th South Staffs killed on the 23rd April, along with 168 men of the 7th Borders. The majority of these men have no known grave, but Edward Richards is buried at Feuchy Chapel British Cemetery, Wancourt.

Newspaper Cuttings

Birmingham Daily Post 25th May 1917
The following casualties amongst warrant officers, non-commissioned officers, and men are reported under various dates:
SOUTH STAFFORDSHIRE REGIMENT- Richards, 18834, E., (Tipton).