Frank Richards

Royal Naval Reserve

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Unit/Regiment Royal Naval Reserve
Ship HMS Indefatigable
Rank Stoker
Service Number 5550/S
Date of birth 31/04/1881
Theatre of War first served in
Date of entry therein
Age at Death 34
Date of Death 09/08/1915
Burial/Memorial Newport (St Woolos) Cemetery, Newport
Family Details Widow: (Re-married) Mrs L J Bridges, 4, Morris Street, Newport, Mon
Born Logan, Cornwall. 30/4/1881
Enlisted Newport, Mon. 08/01/1915
Resided Newport, Mon
How Died Died from disease
Theatre of War Home
Medal Entitlement 1914-15 Star
British War Medal
Victory Medal
Notes Died at 4th Scottish General Hospital, Stobhill, Glasgow

Frank Richards' Story

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Frank Richards was born in Logan, Cornwall on 30th April 1881 to William and Mary Jane. The family had moved to Newport by 1891 and were living at 10 George Street, Newport.

In 1907 he married Laura Jane nee Attwood in Newport, the couple had four children. In 1911 the family was living at 4, Morris Street, Newport and Frank was working as a furnaceman.


He died on 9th August 1915 of disease, he is buried at Newport (St Woolos ) Cemetery , Newport. He was 34 years old.

Laura Jane re-married in 1917 to Arthur J Bridges. they continued to live at 4, Morris Street, Newport

Arthur served in the Royal Navy from 1911 until 22nd February 1918. Arthur had lost his brother Edward who had died of wounds on 23rd February 1917 while serving with Duke of Cambridge’s Own (Middlesex) Regiment.

In 1933, Arthur died aged 39 leaving her a widow for the second time. In 1939 Register she continued to live at 4, Morris Street, Newport until her death in June 1974 aged 89.