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Regimental number2912
Place of birthNewcastle, New South Wales
SchoolStockton Public School; East Maitland High School, New South Wales
Other trainingGained 1st Class Colliery Manager's Certificate both from T.A. Southern's School of Mining, Wales, and from New South Wales Departmental Examination at 23 years.
AddressWoonona, New South Wales
Marital statusSingle
Age at embarkation26
Height5' 3.25"
Weight122 lbs
Next of kinMother, Mrs Ada Richardson, Woonona, South Coast, New South Wales
Previous military serviceNil
Enlistment date10 June 1915
Place of enlistmentLiverpool, New South Wales
Rank on enlistmentPrivate
Unit name2nd Battalion, 9th Reinforcement
AWM Embarkation Roll number23/19/2
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Sydney, New South Wales, on board HMAT A8 Argyllshire on 30 September 1915
Rank from Nominal RollSergeant
Unit from Nominal Roll54th Battalion
Other details from Roll of Honour CircularHeld colliery manager's certificate; also studied electrical and mechanical engineering. (details from mother)
FateKilled in Action 19-20 July 1916
Age at death from cemetery records27
Place of burialNo known grave
Commemoration detailsV.C. Corner (Panel No 9), Australian Cemetery Memorial, Fromelles, France
Panel number, Roll of Honour,
  Australian War Memorial
Miscellaneous information from
  cemetery records
Parents: Robert and Ada RICHARDSON, 'Melvin', Pope's Lane, Woonona, New South Wales
Family/military connectionsBrother: 2711 Corporal Alexander Melvin RICHARDSON, 45th Bn, returned to Australia, 24 July 1919.
Other details

War service: Egypt, Western Front

Admitted to No 4 Auxiliary Hospital, Abbassia, 22 November 1915 (mumps); discharged to duty, 24 December 191.

Joined 2nd Bn, Tel el Kebir, 6 January 1916.

Transferred to 54th Bn, 14 February 1916; joined 54th Bn, Tel el Kebir, 16 February 1916.

Promoted Corporal, 1 March 1916; Sergeant, 1 May 1916.

Embarked Alexandria to join the British Expeditionary Force, 19 June 1916; disembarked Marseilles, France, 29 June 1916.

Killed in action, 19/20 July 1916.

Handwritten note on bottom of B.103, 'buried B1056 Sheet 22'.

Red Cross File No 2290408: 'Pay Book found in German War Office, Berlin, Sept 1919, and forwarded ? to A.I.F. Hqrs 23.9.19.'

Medals: 1914-15 Star, British War Medal, Victory Medal
SourcesNAA: B2455, RICHARDSON Harold
Red Cross file 2290408

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