Malvern College First World War Casualty

Captain William Reeves Richards

Photo of William Reeves Richards
House and time at Malvern: No 8, 1904 - 1907.

Regiment: Royal Dublin Fusiliers.
Died: 15 August 1915 aged 24 in Turkey. Killed in action in Gallipoli.
Battle: Gallipoli Campaign. Cemetery: Green Hill Cemetery II B 22

Son of J. W. Richards, 7 Lower Fitzwilliam Street, Dublin, b. 1891.
Modern IIIóMatriculation Class.
Trinity College, Dublin; Gold Medal and First Place Final.
Examination Law Society. Great War, Captain 6th Royal Dublin Fusiliers.
Killed in action in Gallipoli, August 15, 1915; Despatches.

'At School he never took a very prominent position being of a retiring nature, but he was all the time laying in a store of character which asserted itself, when the time came, in a very remarkable way.
As an officer he showed quite unusual promise, and won the affection and respect of officers and men alike. His Commanding Officer writes: "The regiment in conjunction with some Munsters had just made a brilliant charge and captured the position. When on it, I asked your son to take some men along the ridge and make good the eastern end of it. Just as they were doing so a bomb was hurled over the crest hitting your poor boy on the head. He died instantly. To me personally your son is a terrible loss. He had been Adjutant for several months and right well he did his work. No boy could have done more." ' (Malvernian, Nov 1915).