Dedicated to the memory of all the men and women of the Bridgnorth area who died during the two World Wars.
George Henry Richards was born in Kidderminster. He was the son of Thomas Richards, a coal miner, and his wife, Clara. The family appears to have lived in Alveley between about 1896 and 1908 before moving to Highley - where George followed in his father's footsteps, becoming a coal miner.
George first served with the 2nd Battalion Worcestershire Regiment, a regular army battalion - which may suggest that he was already a soldier at the outbreak of war (although he didn't go to France until June, 1915). After a spell with the Worcesters, he spent some time at a base depot - he may have been wounded - before being transfered to the 15th Battalion Welsh Regiment. He was wounded very close to the end of the war - possibly at the Battle of Cambrai (8-10 October, 1918). He died on 29th October, 1918 and is buried in Alveley Churchyard - which suggests that he died at a hospital in the UK.
Corporal George Richards, 58493 Welsh Regiment (formerly 17385 and 45865 Worcs. R.) was awarded the Victory and British War Medals and the 1915 Star.
[Bridgnorth Journal, Saturday 21st December, 1918]
[includes:] Welsh R. Wounded: Corpl. G H Richards (Alveley)
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