Herbert John Richards

Herbert John Richards

Herbert RichardsHerbert was 20 years old when he joined up in January 1916. He was married to Corinda Evelyn (nee Adams) and working as a Railway clerk. His father-in-law also worked for the Railways.

Herbert arrived in France in April 1917 and served as a Sapper with several different units. He returned to Tasmania in 1919. On his return to the district he worked as Stationmaster and Postmaster at Tunbridge.

In 1931, he was accused of misappropriating  funds. Medical evidence stated that Herbert suffered from neurasthenia (at the time a common diagnosis for shell shock) and fits of depression. His war service was seen as the cause of his ‘nervous derangement’. He was placed on a good behaviour bond.

Herbert died in 1979.

(pictured in 1931).

Herbert’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.