Harold (Dick) Grahame Richards

Harold (Dick) Grahame Richards

Harold RichardsHarold Richards enlisted in December 1914, with the 15th Battalion. He was 21 years old and working in the family tradition as a monumental mason.

He took part in the first landings at Gallipoli and in May received a bullet wound to the hand. In August, the Battalion suffered heavy casualties and Harold was seriously wounded, with bomb wounds to the head and chest, resulting in Haemothorax. After treatment in Alexandria, he was invalided to Australia in October 1915 with the rank of Signaller.

In April, he was discharged from service for family reasons, when his father was hospitalised with a complete mental breakdown.

Harold married Eva Georgina and they made their home in Melbourne and had two sons. Harold died in 1853 and is commemorated in the Springvale Botanical Cemetery.

Harold’s story is part of our exhibition: Our Grateful Thanks and Loving Remembrance, a moving and deeply personal exhibition remembering the soldiers whose names are immortalised on the Ross War Memorial.