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Private D Richards RWF
« on: Saturday 08 December 18 19:36 GMT (UK) »
I found a newspaper article  in a Llangollen Newspaper dated 13 October 1916
It`s about a letter from Private D Richards 5534  Royal Welch Fusiliers. whose wife lives at 18 Derby Road.  Wrexham.
He is a prisoner of war in  Leysan. Aigles, Switzerland. he had been captured in Germany on 21 October 1914 and held there until 11 August 1916.
I really have tried to find him but drawn a blank.  Shame his or his wife's  first name aren't  given.
Can anyone help.


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Re: Private D Richards RWF
« Reply #1 on: Saturday 08 December 18 19:52 GMT (UK) »
This is his POW card by the look of the final date:

https://grandeguerre.icrc.org/en/File/Search/#/3/2/255/2945654/British%20and%20Commonwealth/Military/richards

Doesn't tell you much more though except he was 1st Battalion and 5534 was a POW from 1st Bn (medal roll confirms).

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Re: Private D Richards RWF
« Reply #2 on: Saturday 08 December 18 20:55 GMT (UK) »
Thanks,  at least we have first name.  :)
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Re: Private D Richards RWF
« Reply #3 on: Sunday 09 December 18 13:02 GMT (UK) »
Sarah, jane Richards b1873.
david, richards b 1878. plate-layer
bessie richards b1902.
 living 18 derby rd, wrexham 1911.
 
 

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Re: Private D Richards RWF
« Reply #4 on: Sunday 09 December 18 13:05 GMT (UK) »
His number is 5334 and not 5534.
He enlisted in the RWF Special Reserve 11 8 1914. He went to France 6 10 1914 so good chance he had previous military experience.
Extract from RWF 1st Bn casualty book =  Landed 07/10/1914. Reported missing 20/10/1914. PoW at Göttingen. Exchanged to Switzerland 11/08/1916. To UK 14/06/1918.

FindMyPast link to above book (where his initials seems to W)
https://search.findmypast.co.uk/record?id=S2/GBM/ROYALWELSHFUSILIERS/CASUALTYRECORDS1RWF1914/R/0006&parentid=GBM/ROYALWELSHFUSILIERS/020368

Absent Voters list confirms address as give by you as does a list of 1914 RWF PoWs compiled in 1918/1919

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Re: Private D Richards RWF
« Reply #5 on: Sunday 09 December 18 13:25 GMT (UK) »
Thanks, I did find him in the census and have traced him back,  wife Sarah Jane Parry I`m stuck with.
 I  `m not on FindMyPast  so can`t access the details. 
I can`t find him on Ancestry.  :(
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