Richmond, Harry

Photograph from family collection

Known as Harry

Born September 1885 in Radcliffe on Trent

Baptised 8th November 1885 St Mary’s Church, Radcliffe on Trent

Married 25 June 1919 to Maud Mary Reedman at St Mary’s Church, Radcliffe on Trent and had five children: Harry born 21 January 1920, Horace born 26 September 1921, Grace born 1922, Marjorie born 1924 and Nora born 1927.

Died 1932, age forty-seven and is buried in the cemetery at Radcliffe-on-Trent together with Maud Mary Richmond  (Plot E132- no headstone)

Radcliffe  on Trent School Register

Started school 1st October 1888.

1891 Census

Age 5 living in Radcliffe on Trent with father John, a roadman 66, mother Mary Ann Nowell née Alvey, brother John 15 and sisters Rose 17, Jane 12, Gerty 11, Emily 9.

1901 Census

Age 15 living on Mount Pleasant, Radcliffe on Trent, with widowed mother, Mary A. Richmond, sisters Rose and Jane,  laundresses, Emily, a blouse machinist, and Mary’s grandchildren Clarice 4 and Leslie 1. He is employed as a blacksmith.

1911 Census

Age 25 a blacksmith’s striker living on Mount Pleasant with mother Mary Ann Spencer (married George Spencer 1901 and widowed again in 1905) and niece Clarice 14.

Military Service

Rank: Shoeing Smith (promoted Corporal)

Service Number: T2/SR01876

Military Unit: 362 Company, Royal Army Service Corps

Theatre of War: France and Flanders, date of entry 18.9.15

Had been a reservist with South Notts. Hussars. 5ft 8 ins tall, weight 167 lbs, chest 38½ins, eyes brown, hair brown.

Joined Oct 1914 as a farrier and shoeing smith with skill in treating sick horses.

He was given a reference by Mr. H Hallam, blacksmith

Promoted to Corporal in November 1914 and Staff Sgt in March 1915 but was reduced to Cpl for drunkenness and being Absent Without Leave for 1 night.

16.09.15: France to 11.07.16

12.07.16: Home to 31.03.17

3.1.17: Transferred to Salonika where he served alongside his neighbour Thomas Wheatley, a fellow blacksmith from Mount Pleasant in Radcliffe on Trent. He had several bouts of illness with malaria while abroad. The R.A.S.C. left Salonika in December 1918.

Character reports: Sober, reliable, intelligent, understands his work really well. A good shoeing smith with skill in treating sick horses.

798 Company RASC at date of discharge

Pension Record Card

He was awarded a 30% disablement pension from 8th March 1919 due to malaria, a weekly pension of 13 shillings (65p).  In March 1921 he was reassessed with a reduced disability of 20%, 8 shillings 8d (43p).

The allowance was 8 shillings for a final 70 weeks from 7th March 1922.

Medals Awarded: 1914-1915 Star, British War and Victory, Silver War Badge

Military Personnel Address on 1918 Electoral Register

Mount Pleasant, Radcliffe on Trent

1921 Census

Address: Mount Pleasant, Radcliffe

Employment: Henry does not appear on census

Household: wife Maud Mary, son Harry

Other information

After the war he continued to suffer from malaria and had difficulty in obtaining employment. He was working at Notts County Asylum as a general labourer and on the new Radcliffe bypass (A52) in the early 1930s; he died in 1932.

Reasons for inclusion on Radcliffe  on Trent Roll of Honour

Born and lived in Radcliffe on Trent.