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Deepcar Sheffield
Richard Henry Duffield was the son of Richard Henry Duffield and his first wife Ada Goddard. His father Richard Henry was born in Radford on 11 September 1864, the son of Richard Henry and Elizabeth Duffield (née Evans). He was living with his parents in Chesterfield in 1881 but by 1891 Richard snr. and Elizabeth had returned to Radford, Nottingham, although their son was no longer living with them. His mother Ada was born in Deepcar, Yorkshire, in about 1872, the daughter of Samuel and Ellen Goddard (née Hawley). Richard Henry (27), a labourer, and Ada (21), of no occupation, were married at Penistone parish church on 27 August 1892 (J/A/S Wortley Yorkshire). They probably had four children, one of whom died in infancy. Their surviving children were: Frank b. 2 November 1892 bap. Bolsterstone Sheffield 23 November 1892; Richard Henry b. 24 February 1894 bap. Bolsterstone 21 March 1894 and Leonard b. 29 September 1895 bap. Bolsterstone 12 January 1896. Ada Duffield died aged 24 in 1896 (reg. Wortley) which resulted in the break up of the family. By 1901 Richard Henry and his son Frank (8) were living with Richard’s widowed mother Elizabeth Duffield (65) at 56 Citadel Street, Radford. Richard Henry jnr. (7) was living with his maternal aunt Catherine Hall and her husband George and their children on Bulwell Street, Chesterfield. Leonard (5) meanwhile was living with his widowed maternal grandmother, Ellen Goddard (56), in Stocksbridge, Wortley, Yorkshire. Richard snr. married Sarah Ellen Towlson (b. 1868) in 1905 (O/N/D Nottingham); there were no children of the marriage. In 1911 he and Sarah (42) were living at 62 St Peter's Street, Radford. From the way Richard completed the census it appeared that his three children by his first marriage were living with him and his second wife. However, having written the details of his three sons Richard then crossed out the details. Although his son Richard Henry has not yet been traced on the 1911 Census (either in his own name or as Robert Henrys, the name in which he served), Frank had joined the Royal Marines Light Infantry in 1909 and was probably serving in Chatham although he transferred to the Royal Navy on 8 April 1911, and Leonard was a fellow lodger with his uncle, Mark Goddard (Ada's brother), in Deepcar, Yorkshire. One miltary record gives Leonard's residence when he enlisted in 1914 as Nottingham although he enlisted in Consett, County Durham. Richard senior's second wife Sarah Ellen died in June 1911 (A/M/J Nottingham, burial 10 June) and he married Eliza Punter in 1912 (J/F/M). Eliza died in 1926 (J/F/M Nottingham). The thrice widowed Richard was still living at 62 St. Peter's Street in 1939 when the England & Wales Register was compiled; he had retired as a coal miner hewer. He died in Nottingham in June 1943 (burial 17 June). Frank, who had served in the Royal Marines Light Infantry from 24 November 1909 to 7 April 1911 and then in the Royal Navy, served continuously in the RN until 7 April 1923 when he was discharged on completion of his engagement. He transferred to the Royal Fleet Reserve on 8 April. Frank had probably served in the UK throughout the war. Leonard served with the Durham Light Infantry from 1914 and was killed in action on 28 March 1918 (Arras Memorial).
Richard Duffield worked as a brickyard labourer.
23 Sep 1916
524851 - CWGC Website
Enlisted Hastings, Sussex
Royal Sussex Regiment
Served as Robert HENRYS G/16037 (prev. 4353), 13th Bn Royal Sussex Regiment (3rd South Down). The Royal Sussex Regiment was part of 116th Bde/39th Division and in the month of Richard's death his battalion was serving on the Somme: 10 September in front line in front of Beaumont-Hamel, 14 September Mailly-Maillet, 19 September in front line in front of Redan Ridge, 30 September Mailly-Maillet. Richard Henry was killed in action on 23 September 1916 and was buried in Euston Road Cemetery, Colincamps, France (grave ref. III.I.7). He qualified for the British War Medal and Victory Medal. CWGC - Euston Road Cemetery Colincamps (extract): 'Colincamps and "Euston", a road junction a little east of the village, were within the Allied lines before the Somme offensive of July 1916. The cemetery was started as a front line burial ground during and after the unsuccessful attack on Serre on 1 July, but after the German withdrawal to the Hindenburg Line in March 1917 it was scarcely used. It was briefly in German hands towards the end of March 1918, when it marked the limit of the German advance, but the line was held and pushed forward by the New Zealand Division allowing the cemetery to be used again for burials in April and May 1918 ... The whole of Plot I, except five graves in the last row, represents the original cemetery of 501 graves. After the Armistice, more than 750 graves were brought in from the surrounding battlefields and the following small cemeteries [listed].'
Served as Robert HENRYS: WW1 Pension Ledgers gives NOK, father Richard Henry Duffield, residence Nottingham. UKSDGW: Robert Henrys, b. Sheffield January 2021 - CWGC amended its record from Robert Henrys to Richard Henry Duffield with additional information '(Served as Robert Henrys)' His brother Leonard served with the Durham Light Infantry (21425 Private) and was killed in action on 28 March 1918 and is commemorated on the Arras Memorial. (See record on this Roll of Honour)
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