Malvern College First World War Casualty

Lieutenant Evan John Richardson

Photo of Evan John Richardson
House and time at Malvern: No 1, 1903 - 1905.

Regiment: Yorkshire Regt.
Died: 25 September 1915 aged 27 in France. Killed in action.
Battle: Battle of Loos. Cemetery: Loos Memorial P 44/45

Born: Jan 9th 1888. Son of J. Richardson, 94 Sydney Place, Bath and Sneaton Hall, Whitby.
Army IV—II.
Yorkshire Regt. 1908; Lieutenant 1911.
Great War, 2nd Bn. Yorkshire Regiment.

'It was reported that a few Germans were actually in the Quarry and a bombing section under Lt Hill was despatched to deal with them. Lt Hill was almost at once reported shot and the company then, still believing, the enemy could be but few in number, sent Lt Brooksbanks platoon to clear them out. However a message soon came back from the platoon to say that there must be quite 50 of the enemy in the place & that Lt Brooksbank had been wounded.
D Coy under Capt Richardson was just about to withdraw & was ordered to clear the Quarry with B Coy to support it. Capt Richardson was mortally wounded as he rose to move.' (Unit War diary).

'Informant states that on Sept 26th 1915 at Loos, about 2 o'clock am, orders were given to fix bayonets, and to proceed down the 1st Quarry from the British Lines at Loos in order to clear them, and whilst in the quarries informant was in close proximity to Captain Richardson, and heard him fall and make exclamation in agony. Informant reports that Captain Richardson was shot. The trenches were afterwards retaken by the enemy and informant saw no more of the body, being injured himself.' (Reference: Sergt I Sales. 6392, 2/19 Yorks Regt, D Co., Lily Lane Hospital, Manchester, October 27th 1915).
Commemorated at St. Mary's Church, Whitby

Service record:WO 339/7013
Unit War Diary:WO 95/1659/4