Lance Sergeant Samuel Richardson

Lance Sergeant Samuel A.Richardson, 1st Battalion, Scots Guards. He died in hospital in Paris, France on 20th September 1914, aged 34 from wounds suffered during the Battle of the Aisne and is buried in City of Paris Cemetery, Bagneux, Paris. His Headstone is inscribed “Thy Will Be Done”. He was the son of William and Jane Richardson and the husband of Alice Gladys Richardson of 12 Haverlock Street, Chalk Farm, London and the father to four children.  He was a Regular Soldier and a Battalion Piper. At his birth the family lived at 22 Woolmarket, Berwick but later moved to Kiln Hill. For some reason Samuel attended a boarding school in Dumfries before finding employment as a shoemaker in the Spittal area.. In 1900 he enlisted in the Coldstream Guards bot seven months later transferred to the Scots Guards where in 1905 was promoted Lance Corporal. In 1911 he was promoted Corporal. On 14th September the Battalion was in position between Troyes and Vendresse on the Aisne and suffered casualties from heavy artillery and rifle fire. 3 Officers and 16 Other Ranks were wounded with 86 Other Ranks wounded. In addition 12 Other Ranks were posted missing. Samuel was wounded in the shoulder and transported 230 kms to Paris where he died from the wound and severe chest complications. The photographs show British troops on the Aisne.

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