Lance Sergeant Samuel Richardson

Lance Sergeant Samuel A. Richardson, 1st Battalion, Scots Guards. He died in the Majestic Hotel, Paris, France on 20th September 1914 of wounds received in action during the Battle of the Aisne, aged 34. He was the son of William and Jane Richardson and the husband of Alice Gladys Richardson and father to four children of 12 Havelock Street, Chalk Farm, London and is buried in City of Paris Cemetery, Bagneux.  His Headstone is inscribed ” Thy Will Be Done”.  At his birth in 1881 his family lived at 22 Woolmarket but had moved to Kiln Hill by 1891. For some reason Samuel attended a boarding school in Dumfries before leaving to find employment as a shoemaker in the Spittal area. In May 1900, aged 19, he joined the Coldstream Guards but seven months later transferred to the 3rd Battalion Scots Guards. and in 1905 was promoted to Lance Corporal.. He married Alice in London where his Battalion had been posted and in 1911 he was promoted to Corporal in Egypt where he was serving at the Kasr-el-Nil barracks.  At the outbreak of War he went to France on the 13th August 1914. On 14th September his Battalion was in a position between Troyes and Vendresse on the Chemin Des Dames Ridge and suffered from heavy artillery and rifle fire suffering 3 Officers and 16 Other Ranks killed with 86 Other Ranks wounded and 12 missing. Samuel was wounded in the shoulder and was transported 230 kms to the Majestic Hotel, serving as a military hospital, in Paris where he died on the 20th from the gunshot wound and severe chest complications. ( His Battalion was part of the 1st Guards Brigade along with 1st Black Watch. 1st Cameron Highlanders and 1st Coldstream Guards ). The photographs show British troops on the Aisne.

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