Alfred Joseph Richards

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Alfred Joseph Richards
Born21 June 1879
Plymouth, Devon, England
Died21 May 1953 (aged 73)
Southfields, London, England
Buried
Allegiance United Kingdom
Service/branchFlag of the British Army.svg British Army
Years of service1895 - 1915
RankSergeant
UnitThe Lancashire Fusiliers
Home Guard
Battles/warsWorld War I
World War II
AwardsVictoria Cross

Alfred Joseph Richards VC (21 June 1879 – 21 May 1953) was an English recipient of the Victoria Cross, the highest and most prestigious award for gallantry in the face of the enemy that can be awarded to British and Commonwealth forces.

Richards was 35 years old, and a sergeant in the 1st Battalion, The Lancashire Fusiliers, British Army during the First World War when the following deed took place for which he was awarded the VC.

On 25 April 1915 west of Cape Helles, Gallipoli, Turkey, three companies and the Headquarters of the 1st Battalion, Lancashire Fusiliers, when landing on W Beach, were met by deadly fire from hidden machine-guns which caused many casualties. The survivors, however, rushed up and cut the wire entanglements, notwithstanding the terrific fire from the enemy and, after overcoming supreme difficulties, the cliffs were gained and the position maintained.[1]

Sergeant Richards was one of six members of the regiment elected for the award, the others being Cuthbert Bromley, John Elisha Grimshaw, William Kenealy, Frank Edward Stubbs, and Richard Raymond Willis.[citation needed]

As a result of a wound sustained in the action Richards had to have his leg amputated and was discharged from the army as unfit for further service. Despite this he served in the Home Guard during World War II as a provost sergeant.[citation needed]

Richards is buried in Putney Vale Cemetery.[2]

The Medal[edit]

His medal was purchased by Lord Ashcroft at auction in 2005.[3]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "No. 29273". The London Gazette. 24 August 1915. p. 8395.
  2. ^ "Burial Location VC Holders South West London". Archived from the original on 3 September 2017. Retrieved 8 September 2012.
  3. ^ "Alfred Joseph Richards VC - Lord Ashcroft Medal collection". Retrieved February 18, 2014.

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