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Alfred Henry RICHARDS

Regimental number1964A
Place of birthCaverside, Tasmania
SchoolWilmot State School, Tasmania
ReligionMethodist
OccupationFarmer
AddressSheffield, Tasmania
Marital statusSingle
Age at embarkation21
Next of kinFather, John Richards, Wilmot, Tasmania
Enlistment date11 April 1916
Date of enlistment from Nominal Roll17 April 1916
Rank on enlistmentPrivate
Unit name40th Battalion, 2nd Reinforcement
AWM Embarkation Roll number23/57/2
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Hobart, Tasmania, on board HMAT A70 Ballarat on 8 August 1916
Rank from Nominal RollSergeant
Unit from Nominal Roll40th Battalion
FateDied of wounds 18 July 1918
Place of death or woundingHamel, France
Age at death23
Age at death from cemetery records23
Place of burialVillers-Bretonneux Military Cemetery (Plot XII, Row E, Grave No. 8), Fouilloy, France
Panel number, Roll of Honour,
  Australian War Memorial
133
Miscellaneous information from
  cemetery records
Parents: John and Jane RICHARDS
Medals

Military Medal

'South of VILLE SUR ANCRE on night 18th/19th April, 1918, for his gallant conduct in an attack on a hostile patrol 800 yards from our lines. Our patrol intended to attack an enemy post containing about a dozen of the enemy. An enemy patrol of 9 men, however, moved out from this post and took up a position in shell holes between our patrol and our front line. The patrol leader ordered an attack on the enemy patrol. Corporal RICHARDS shot one of the enemy who ordered him to surrender, and wounded others. he displayed great dash and determination and under heavy machine gun fire assisted in carrying back to our lines one of the enemy dead, from whom identifications urgently required were obtained.'
Source: 'Commonwealth Gazette' No. 185
Date: 27 November 1918

Family/military connectionsCousin: 730 Lance Corporal George Frederick RICHARDS, 40th Bn, killed in action, 28 March 1918; Uncle: 2140 Pte James RICHARDS, 40th Bn, returned to Australia, 23 May 1917.
Other details

War service: Western Front

Medals: Military Medal, British War Medal, Victory Medal

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