Private John Alfred Richards

Service number 602
Birth Place Australia: New South Wales, Moree
Death Date 1917-10-28
Death Place Belgium
Final Rank Private
Service Australian Imperial Force
Unit 2nd Australian Infantry Battalion
Conflict/Operation First World War, 1914-1918

Private John Alfred Richards (602, 2nd Battalion) was born in Moree, NSW. He was working as a station hand at Garah, NSW, when he enlisted in March 1916. John received bullet wounds to his back and shoulder during action at Passchendaele on 27 October 1917 and died the following day in the 2nd Canadian Casualty Clearing Station. He is buried in the Lijssenthoek Military Cemetery, Belgium. John’s father wrote that he was 17 years and 8 months of age at the time of his death.



Date of enlistment 30 March 1916
Date of embarkation 04 May 1916
Date of death 28 October 1917
Date of fate 28 October 1917