No.632 Lieutenant Richard Edwards
Richard Edwards appears to have been born with the name Richard William Pickup Edwards, in Mitcham, Victoria on 3 December 1894 to Walter Edwards and Rebecca Allen Park. He had two sisters:
- Lily May
- Alice Mary
- Thomas Walter
- Ernest Edward Allen
- Albert Arthur Victor
Richard enlisted into the Army at Footscray, Victoria on 17 August 1914. He was aged 19 years and eight months and he was five feet and five inches tall. Richard weighted ten stone, eleven pounds and had chest measurement of thirty four inches. His complexion was listed as fair, with blue eyes and black hair. All of this was recorded at the time of his enlistment.
His address on enlistment from his Embarkation Roll was Empress Street, West Footscray. Richard was part of the 7th Infantry Battalion.
Richard embarked from Australia on 21 October 1914. He arrived in Gallipoli between April 1915 and May 1915. He contracted Influenza on 30 May 1915 and was discharged from hospital and re-joined his battalion at Gallipoli on 13 July 1915. He embarked to Australia on 15 May 1919 and arrived on 5 July 1919. His appointment was terminated on 11 October 1919.
Richard married Lucy May Booth in 1919. On 30 August 1923 he is living at 132 Charles Street Footscray. A document found in his War records confirmed this address. Richard and Lucy had two children:
- Maxwell Richard and
- Violet Merle (born 1922 - died 1924).
Richard died on 10 February 1968 in Heidelberg, Victoria aged 73 years old and is buried in the Footscray Cemetery, along with his daughter and wife.
Medals and Entitlements:
- 1914/1915 Star - 24 April 1925
- Victory Medal - 3 October 1923
- British War Medal - 3 October 1923
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