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Robert Daniel Crawford Richardson (1894-1918)


Crook man served with RAMC killed two days before Armistice


From a member of the family:

Private Robert Daniel Crawford Richardson served in the Royal Army Medical Corps, 2nd/1st Wessex Field Ambulance.

He was the eldest son of Oscar and Sarah Ann Richardson of Dean Bank, Ferryhill and was born in Crook. He was a coal miner and before he enlisted, was a member of the St. John’s Ambulance Brigade.

He died on the 9 November 1918, age 23 and is buried in Chercq churchyard, Belgium.

He is commemorated on Ferryhill War Memorial and on a memorial plaque in Exeter Cathedral.

Transcript of Saint John’s Ambulance Brigade, Northern division roll of honour:
http://www.ww1-yorkshires.org.uk/pdf-files/st-johns-ambulance-northern-divn.pdf

Imperial War Museum details about Saint John’s Ambulance Brigade, Northern division roll of honour:
https://www.iwm.org.uk/memorials/item/memorial/71396

Devon Heritage website, page for Exeter Cathedral memorial:
http://www.devonheritage.org/Places/DevonCounty/TheRAMC24thWessexFieldAmbulanceMemorial.htm

Civil Parish: Ferryhill

Death date: 09-Nov-1918

Armed force/civilian: Army

Residence: 52 Roddymore Row, Crook (1901 census)
28 Westcott Terrace, Dean Bank, Ferryhill (1911 census)

Organisation membership: Saint John’s Ambulance, Dean and Chapter Division

Employment: Colliery labourer, underground (1911 census)

Family: Parents: Oscar Richardson, Sarah Ann Richardson
Siblings: Annie Mary Jenny Richardson, Hilda May Richardson, George Ernest Richardson (1911 census) John Richardson (1901 census)

Military service:

Royal Army Medical Corps
8064
Enlisted at Sunderland
Entered theatre of war: 24 August 1914
12th General Hospital
Promoted to acting corporal
24th Wessex Field Ambulance

Memorial(s): Ferryhill between North Street and Chapel Terrace, statue
Saint John’s Ambulance Brigade, Northern Divison, roll of honour (now at Trimdon Colliery Community Centre)
Exeter Cathedral memorial plaque (see link above)

Gender: Male

Contributed by JLP, Barnard Castle

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