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St James Church Taunton

World War 1 Memorial Project

Charles Richards

Inscription for Charles Richards on the Menin Gate, Ypres


Name: Charles Richards

Rank: Private

Service Number: 7478

Regiment: Somerset Light Infantry

Battalion/Unit number: 6th Battalion

Date/year of Birth: Not known

Place of Birth: Taunton

Place of Residence: 8 Whitehall, Taunton

Date of Death: 25th September 1915

Place of Death: France/Flanders

Burial/Memorial: Ypres (Menin Gate) memorial

Records indicate that Charles Richards was born in Taunton, however we have not been able to establish his past history with any certainty.

Ancestry record a Charles Richards in Taunton in three different censuses

1891 Charles aged 9 living with his parents Thomas and Elizabeth Richards (general dealer) at 37 Tancred St. with two other children  Richard and Mabel ages 7and 5


1901 Charles Richards servant in the home of John Welfare of Ilminster


1911 Charles Richards bn Taunton 1882  married to Eliza living at 15 Penrhys Rd Tylorstown Glamorgan   children Elizabeth David Mabel


Birth records record three Charles Richards in Taunton in the 1880s

                         Charles Burton Richards  bn April 1883

                         Charles Wesley Richards bn April1886

                         Charles Edgar Richards   bn July 1881

What we do know from enlistment records is that the Charles on the War memorial was living at 8 Whitehall. He enlisted very early in the war in the 6th Battalion Somerset light Infantry (the same Battalion as Frederick Fuge) and served 5 months at home before being posted to France where he served for 8 months before his death in September 1915. We know that the 6th Battalion was based on the Ypres Salient in 1915. Charles is commemorated on the Menin Gate, which is the memorial to 54,000 men whose graves are not known.



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