1886 – 1915

Richmond Frank Deck was born circa 1886 in Wenhaston Suffolk his father was John Castell Deck a farmer born in Eye Suffolk circa 1848 and died in the Blything Registration District of Suffolk in 1893, his mother was Emma Deck nee Rush born in Ipswich Suffolk circa 1853 and died in Leicester in 1940 aged 68. Richmond was one of eight children with the exception of John Sydney who was born in Ipswich Suffolk, all others were born in Wenhasten Suffolk his siblings were John Sydney born circa 1877, Henry born circa 1879, Catherine Mary born circa 1881 Earnest Frederick born circa 1883 Richmond Frank himself born circa 1886 Alfred born circa 1888 Arthur born circa 1890 and Christine born circa 1894.

Richmond enlisted in the Cambridgeshire Regiment where he was promoted to the rank of Corporal before transferring to the Suffolk Regiment and was finally promoted to 2nd Lieutenant on 13 august 1915 and was killed in action on 30th September 1915 during the battle of Loos, the first major offensive by the British Army in support of the French in the 3rd battle of Artois and is notable for the first use by the British Army of poison gas, the offensive lasted from 25th September to 15th October 1915. Before the war Richmond had been employed as an engineer’s clerk.

He is remembered in Perth Cemetery (China Wall) Belgium Memorial 11.E.8. and on the plaque at St John’s Church Gt. Wenham

Richmond was posthumously awarded:

  1. 1914 - 1915 Star

  2. 1914 - 1918 British War Medal

  3. 1914 - 1919 Victory Medal

His Next of Kin would also have received the Memorial Plaque and Scroll

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