Richard initially served as a Driver with the Royal Field Artillery, Service Number L/2673. His Short Service Attestation records he was just 19 years old when he enlisted on 25th February 1915 and was employed as a Chauffeur.
Richard was posted to France on 28th November 1915. He served with the 148th Brigade in the Ammunition Column and was posted to Brigade Headquarters on 20th May 1916.
Richard was then Compulsorily Transferred to the 30th Divisional Royal Engineers as a Sapper on 6th May 1917. He was also issued with another Service Number – 360789. The following day his Service Record notes Richard was posted with a Signal Company (7th May 1917).
On 22nd May 1917 Richard was wounded. He was admitted to a field hospital on 2nd June 1917 and later treated in a field ambulance with a gunshot wound to the face and head with injuries from shrapnel to his right leg and right side. The wounds were described as superficial and dressings were applied at a hospital in Boulogne before he travelled to England on board the hospital ship ‘St. Andrew’.
He would later recall running from German aircraft that were strafing the area. In June 1917, whilst recovering in hospital Richard sent a card home to his parents. He spent time recuperating at home between 14th June 1917 and 21st September 1917 and also qualified as a 1st Class Signalman on 30th August 1917.
On 22nd September 1917 Richard was again sent to France. On 26th May 1918 He was posted to the 30th Signal Company. Richard was granted leave between 19th October 1918 and 2nd November 1918.
Richard was not demobilised until 11th May 1919. On his Protection Certificate his address was listed as ‘Laburnum’ Park Side, Rossett, Denbigh. He was 22 years old.
Medal Roll Index Card for Richard shows he was awarded the British War, Victory and 1914/15 Star medals.