Alfred Joseph Richards


Alfred Joseph Richards

Alfred Joseph Richards VC (21 June 1879–21 May 1953) was an English recipient of the Victoria Cross, the highest and most prestigious award for gallantry in the face of the enemy that can be awarded to British and Commonwealth forces.

He was 35 years old, and a sergeant in the 1st Battalion, The Lancashire Fusiliers, British Army during the First World War when the following deed took place for which he was awarded the VC.

On 25 April 1915 west of Cape Helles, Gallipoli, Turkey, three companies and the Headquarters of the 1st Battalion, Lancashire Fusiliers, when landing on W Beach, were met by a very deadly fire from hidden machine-guns which caused a large number of casualties. The survivors, however rushed up and cut the wire entanglements notwithstanding the terrific fire from the enemy and after overcoming supreme difficulties, the cliffs were gained and the position maintained. See also Cuthbert Bromley, John Elisha Grimshaw, William Keneally, Frank Edward Stubbs, and Richard Raymond Willis

Sergeant Richards was one of six members of the regiment elected for the award. He is buried in Putney Vale Cemetery.

References

*Monuments to Courage (David Harvey, 1999)
*The Register of the Victoria Cross (This England, 1997)
*VCs of the First World War - Gallipoli (Stephen Snelling, 1995)

External links

* [http://www.homeusers.prestel.co.uk/stewart/lonswest.htm Location of grave and VC medal] "(S.W. London)"


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