Private George Richardson

Private George Richardson, 1st/6th ( Territorial ) Battalion, Northumberland Fusiliers. He died in France in the 13th Stationary Hospital on 15th May 1915, aged 34, of wounds received in action during the Second Battle of Ypres. At that time the Battalion were holding frontline trenches astride the Wieltje-St Julien Road in the Ypres Salient and between 13th-15th May had 4 Other Ranks killed and 7 wounded. He was the only son of  Agnes and the late Henry Richardson of Berwick and is buried in Boulogne Eastern Cemetery. In civilian life he had been a Dentist and had been born in Leeds. He had lived in 149  Marine Terrace, Spittal and was a keen tennis player as well as a member of Berwick Rowing Club. His Headstone is inscribed ” Only Son Of The Late Henry And Agnes Richardson C. Richardson, Berwick-On-Tweed “. The photograph shows the impressive Memorial raised to the fallen of the 50th ( Northumbrian ) Division of which the Battalion was part until July 1918 when it was reduced to cadre and assigned lines of communication duties It was erected near the village of Wieltje in the Ypres Salient where nearby the Division had fought its first action of the War on 26th April 1915 only days after landing on the Continent. The photos show troops during the Battle.

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