Joseph Arthur Richards was born in Kent in 1892, the son of James and Anne Richards.
The 1911 census shows him living at the Shustoke Post Office with his parents, sister Ethel Mary Richards and a boarder Dorothy Millicent Thomas. He is 18 years old and his occupation is shown as student teacher.
He was a police officer in Coventry when he enlisted in the Army.
His death was reported in the paper as:
‘Acting captain in the 8th Royal Warwickshire Regiment died 4th November 1918 at Landrecies, France in action.’
There were reported to be 151 casualties. He was 26 years of age.
Joseph is buried at Landrecies British Cemetery, Nord, France – memorial reference A. 31.
He is also commemorated at St Cuthberts’ Church, Shustoke on their Roll of Honour and a tree was planted in his memory.
With thanks to Helen and Tony Kirkman for historic research