In September 1914, a month after the outbreak of war, Richard enlisted as a member of the 17th Lancers before, the following June, taking a commission in the Worcestershire Regiment.
In January 1916 he was promoted to Lieutenant and not long afterwards transferred to the Reserve Cavalry Regiment. For much of this period he had been based in Ireland, and in the spring of 1916 was involved in the putting down of the Sinn Fein-led Easter Rising. In October 1916 he went over to France for the first time, attached to the 5th Royal Irish Lancers, and for the next eighteen months was serving on the Western Front, including at Cambrai. On March 23rd 1918, while serving as Regimental Signalling Officer, he was killed in action at Jussy, near St. Quentin.
His younger brother, George, also an OA, would die later that year from tuberculosis he had caught while serving in India.
(Source Dulwich College)