Alfred RICHARDS

  • 1911 Occupation               Farm Boy
  • Domicile                             Henry and Annie Richards
  • Age in 1911                        13
  • Unit                                     2/5th Battalion, East Lancs Regiment
  • Service Number                235146 enlisted in Newark
  • Rank                                    Private
  • Date of Death                     24th November, 1918, DOD
  • Age at Death                      20
  • Battle SitRep                      Died in POW camp near Berlin
  • Commemorated                 Grave VII.G.3. Berlin South-Western Cemetery, Brandenburg, Germany

(Formerly 268704, Notts and Derby Regiment?)

Alfred’s parents Henry Richards & Annie Mays marriage was registered in quarter four 1886 in the Registration District of Melton M.

Alfred’s birth was registered in quarter three 1897 in the Registraion District of Bingham

In 1901, Alfred aged 3 was living with his family in the Village, Colston Bassett, Nottingham. In the household were father Henry Richards aged 36 Garden Laborer, born Colston Bassett, mother Annie Richards aged 34 born Broughton Sulney, Nottinghamshire, brothers Harry aged 11, Arthur aged 8, sisters Lilly ages 13, Mary E aged 9, Annie aged 3 and Violet aged 3 months old.

In 1911, Alfred aged 13 Farm boy agriculture was living in Colston Bassett with his family. They were father Henry aged 46, Domestic Gardener, mother Annie aged 44, brother John aged 8, sisters Annie aged 13 and Violet aged 10 years old.
Alfred parents had been married for 24 years and had 8 children

At some time during the war Alfred joined the 2/5th Battalion East Lancashire Regiment.

2/5th Battalion (Territorial Force) East Lancashire Regiment.

The battalion was formed at Blackburn in September 1914 and then moved to Southport to join the 198th Brigade of the 66th Division.
In May 1915 it was moved to Burgess Hill, Sussex and then to Crawley and on to Crowborough.
In March 1916 it was moved to Colchester.
2nd March 1917 Mobilised for war and landed at Havre and engaged in various actions on the Western Front including;
During 1917
The Operations on the Flanders Coast, The Battle of Poelcapelle, The Third Battles of Ypres.
During 1918
The Battle of St Quentin, The Actions at the Somme Crossings, The Battle of Rosieres.
April 1918 Reduced to training cadre.
31st July 1918 Disbanded in France.

Alfred was captured by the Germans and made a prisoner of war.
The Germans had different types of prisoner of war camps. One type was;-
Mannschaftslager (“Enlisted Men’s Camp”) for private soldiers and NCOs.
Alfred Richards was a prisoner of war in Altdamm. A small town (pop 7,300) at the mouth of the Oder opposite Stettin. Three Camps; capacity 15,000. Built on a sandy drill ground amidst pine woods.

Alfred Richards died on the 24th November 1918 and his body now rests in
Grave VII.G.3. Berlin South-Western Cemetery, Brandenburg, Germany.

Historical Information:
In 1922-23 it was decided that the graves of Commonwealth servicemen who had died all over Germany should be brought together into four permanent cemeteries. Berlin South-Western was one of those chosen and in 1924-25, graves were brought into the cemetery from 146 burial grounds in eastern Germany.

There are now 1,176 First World War servicemen buried or commemorated in the Commonwealth plot at Berlin South-Western Cemetery. The total includes special memorials to a number of casualties buried in other cemeteries in Germany whose graves could not be found.

The following cemeteries (mainly Prisoners of War Cemeteries) are among those from which graves were brought to Berlin South-Western Cemetery:-
ALTDAMM, BUDEROSE, CROSSEN, DOBERITZ, HASENHEIDE GARRISON CEMETERY, HEILSBERG, KLEIN WITTENBERG OLD CEMETERY, NEW (or PRISONERS OF WAR) CEMETERY
WITTENBERG OLD SMALL CEMETERY, LAMSDORF, MAGDEBURG MILITARY CEMETERY, MERSEBURG TOWN & PRISONERS of WAR CEMETERY, OPPELN TOWN CEMETERY, SCHNEIDEMUHL, STARGARD STENDAL, ZERBST (HEIDETOR) & PRISONERS OF WAR CEMETERY.

Berlin South-Western Cemetery

Soldier’s Register of Effects
Alfred Richards – Medal Rolls