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The news this week 100 years ago: 6th - 12th October 1917

Friday 6 October 2017

This week we remember three Old Salopians including Quintus Richardson, who was killed whilst on a practice flight just weeks after leaving school.

Lieutenant Douglas Heald, 6th Bn. Rifle Brigade.
Chance’s (now Severn Hill), left in 1909. Gentleman of the Runs, Senior Whip, Huntsman.

Initially in an office with a Liverpool rubber-merchant during which time he became a first class golfer, carrying off the Captain’s prize at Ormskirk club, he later worked in Rangoon with Morrison & Co, rice merchants, and became a member of Rangoon Boat Club as “their best stroke ever seen on the lakes”. In 1916 he returned home after recovering from acute malaria and accepted a commission with the 6th Bn., Rifle Brigade, going to France with the 1st Bn.

Died of wounds in Belgium 6 October 1917 aged 25
Buried at Dozinghem Military Cemetery, Belgium. Grave VI. I. 4.

Second Lieutenant William Quintus Newsom Richardson, Royal Flying Corps
Ingram’s, left in 1917 (pictured right in 1915).

He had only just left school and obtained his commission a few weeks before he was killed in an accident whilst on a practice flight in the United Kingdom, 6th October 1917, aged 19.
Buried at Maldon Cemetery, England. Grave 42. 54.

To read an article about WQR Richardson that has been compiled by Trevor Neales for the Stow Maries Aerodrome archive, please click here.

Second Lieutenant Eustace Blackburne Ritson, 204th Coy. Machine Gun Corps (Infantry).
School House, left in 1901 with a prize at the Electrical Training Institution, entering Faraday House in January 1902.

After working with the Mexican Light and Power Company for two years, he returned to Messrs Callendar’s Cable and Construction Company before joining the Universities and Public Schools’ Brigade. Gazetted to the Machine Gun Corps, he went to France several times, eventually taking command of a section taking up ammunition to the guns at the Front. He went forward to reconnoitre and never returned. Belgium 8 October 1917 aged 34
Remembered on Tyne Cot Memorial, Belgium. Panel 154 to 159 and 163A.

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