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1885 - 1916

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1887 - 1916

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1894 - 1916

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1897 - 1916

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1883 - 1918
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Pte 22820 Samuel Richardson

  • Age: 19
  • From: Liverpool
  • Regiment: The King's (Liverpool Regiment) 20th Btn
  • K.I.A Sunday 22nd October 1916
  • Commemorated at: Thiepval Memorial
    Panel Ref: P&F1D8B &8 C.

Samuel Richardson was born on the 4th June, 1897 and baptised on the 27th April, 1898 at St Peter’s C. of E. Church, Liverpool. He was the son of Peter and  Louisa Ann Richardson. 

The 1901 Census shows the family are living at 71 Chelsea Road, Litherland. John E. is 9 years of age.  His father Peter is head of the household, he is an insurance representative born in Tarporley in 1860, whilst his mother is shown as having been born in Nottinghamin 1861. SIblings listed are; Mary E.E. born at Garston in 1884 and a Match Factory Hand, Ethel D. also born at Garston in 1889. John E. aged 8 and Louisa aged 5 and were born in Liverpool.   

By the time of the 1911 Census his father Peter had died and the records show the family living at 66 Cavendish Road Walton Liverpool. His mother Louisa Ann is a widow aged 52, born in Nottingham in 1859 and is a General shop-keeper . She had been married for 25 years before her husband passed away. They had six children, of which one had died. Those living at the home address in 1911 are; Mary Eliza Emery is aged 27 born 1884, no occupation listed, Ethel Denton is aged 22, born 1889 and is assisting in the business, John Ewart aged 19, born 1892 is a Rubber Cutter, Louisa Ann aged 15, born 1896 is a domestic servant and Samuel aged 13, born 1898 is at school.

He enlisted in Liverpool and was serving in the 20th Battalion, The King’s Liverpool Regiment as Private No 22820. Formed in November 1914 the 20th Battalion were originally billeted at Tournament Hall, Knotty Ash before on 29th January 1915 they moved to the hutted accommodation purposely built at Lord Derby’s estate at Knowsley Hall. On 30th April 1915 the 19th Battalion alongside the other three Pals battalions left Liverpool via Prescot Station for further training at Belton Park, Grantham. They remained here until September 1915 when they reached Larkhill Camp on Salisbury Plain. He arrived in France on 7th November 1915.

Samuel was killed in action on the 22nd October 1916 aged 19 during the Battle of the Transloy Ridges which was part of the ongoing Somme Offensive. He has no known grave and is commemorated on the Thiepval Memorial to the Misisng of the Somme, France. 

He is also commemorated on the Northcote Road Council School, Walton War Memorial.

Baptismal records show Samuel was born in 1897 whilst the Census records hold the year 1898. 

Samuel's was not the only loss that the family suffered as his elder John Ewart Richardson was also killed in action on the 29th April, 1918 whilst serving with the 18h Battalion, The King’s Liverpool Regiment. He, like Samuuel, has no known grave and is commemorated on the Tyne Cot Memorial, Belgium..

Killed On This Day.

(104 Years this day)
Monday 27th November 1916.
Pte 51893 James Arnold
38 years old