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Ronald William St John Wynn RICHARDS (1894-1975)

Biographical Details

Ronald William St John Wynn Richards (1894-1975) was the brother of Dilys Richard who was a pupil at The Grove School, Highgate.  He is mentioned in one letter written by Juliet Sladden.

Ronald was born on 8th July 1894 at Oswestry, Shropshire, the second of three children and only son of the Reverend William Lewis Jones Richards and his wife, Edith Sarah (née Thomas).  He was baptized at Oswestry on 14th September 1894 by Thomas Williams, Archdeacon of Merioneth.

At the time of the 1901 census, Ronald was staying at Cemmaes Rectory with his grandparents, the Reverend William Richards, and his wife, Sarah.  He later became a pupil at Marlborough College, where he was to be found at the time of the 1911 census.

On leaving school, having been a member of the Marlborough College Contingent Officers Training Corps, Ronald joined the regular army.  On 1st May 1913 he became a 2nd Lieutenant (on probation) with the King’s Shropshire Light Infantry.

On the outbreak of war, Ronald left England with the Shropshires on 24th October 1914.  He was home on leave in February 1915 and caused quite a stir at The Grove School, when he arrived in uniform and picked up his little sister, Dilys, to take her home.

Ronald was later attached to the 1st West Yorkshire Regiment, but by 1918, he was back with the King’s Shropshire Light Infantry as he is recorded as being a Captain with the 7th (Service) Battalion.

In 1918, Ronald married Marjorie Jenks; they later divorced.  After the war he lived at 213 Tettenhall Road, Wolverhampton.  In 1939, at the beginning of the Second World War, Ronald was living at Llantrisant and Llantwit Fardre, Glamorganshire.  His profession was then described as General Manager Welsh Metal Industries Ltd.

Ronald died in the Dudley district in 1975.

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