Harry John (Stump) Richards

Harry John (Stump) Richards

Harold RichardsHarry enlisted in July 1915 at the age of 27. He was, like many of the Richards clan, a monumental mason. Harry arrived in France in November 1916, assigned to the 28th Battalion. In June 1917, during operations near Babaume, Harry was transferred to hospital in England with Trench Fever.

He was discharged in January 1918 with synovitis of the knee. In April, a welcome home social was held for Harry in the Ross Town Hall where he spoke of the need for reinforcements to fill the places of those who were no longer able to do their bit.

Harry continued to live in Ross, working as a mason. In the 1920s he exhibited stone in the British Empire Exhibition and was responsible for the erection of the Ross War Memorial. He was also member of St. John’s Church of England choir and wicket keeper with the Ross cricket team (which earned him his nickname Stump). Harry died in 1852 and is buried at Ross.

Harry’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.