Richards, Alfred Joseph

Date of birth:
June 21st, 1879
Date of death:
May 21st, 1953
Buried on:
Putney Vale Cemetery
Service number:
1293
Nationality:
British (1801-present, Kingdom)

Biography

Rank: Sergeant

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Period:
First World War (1914-1918)
Rank:
Sergeant
Unit:
1st Battalion, The Lancashire Fusiliers
Awarded on:
August 24th, 1915
On the 25th April, 1915, three Companies and the Headquarters of the 1st Battalion Lancashire Fusiliers, in effecting a landing on the Gallipoli Peninsula to the West of Cape Helles, were met by a very deadly fire from hidden machine guns which caused a great number of casualties. The survivors, however, rushed up to 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.

Amongst the many very gallant Officers and men engaged in this most hazardous undertaking, Captain Willis, Serjeant Richards and Private Keneally have been selected by their comrades as having performed the most signal acts of bravery and devotion to duty.
Victoria Cross (VC)
GVR
Medal for Long Service and Good Conduct (Army)

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