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  • Photo David Nunn by courtesy of Pauline Armstrong from Nottinghamshire Law Society.
Person Details
25 Mar 1885
Mansfield
He was the son of James and Elizabeth Ann King. His father was a printer and stationer. James and Elizabeth had four children; Richard Henry, Beatrice Ellen, William and Horace James who were all born in Mansfield. In 1891 James and Elizabeth lived at 22 Woodhouse Road, Mansfield, with their three young children; Richard (6), Beatrice (4) and William (2). James employed a general domestic servant, Sarah Walker (16). By 1901 they had four children; Richard, Beatrice, William and Horace (8, b, 2 July 1892) and were living at 1 Toot Hill Road, Mansfield. At the time of the 1911 Census only their second son, William (21), a lithographic printer, was in the household. Richard married Gladys Middleton in Mansfield in 1909 (J/F/M) and their first child, Morven Middleton King, was born the following year and a second son, James, in 1916. In 1911 the family lived 16 Park Avenue, Mansfield. Richard employed a nurse/housemaid and a general domestic servant. Richard's sister, Beatrice, married Sidney Ellison Larratt in Mansfield in 1910 (J/F/M) and their daughter, Jean Emerline, was born on 5 November 1910. In 1911 they were living at 15 Bath Lane, Mansfield. Horace James enlisted in the Royal Marine Artillery on 17 February 1915. Of Richard's family, his father died on 1 March 1935 aged 80 and his mother on 9 December the same year aged 76. Beatrice died on 15 February 1954 in The General Hospital Great Yarmouth, where she lived at 66 Crown Road. Horace died on 24 November 1962 aged 70; he died in Mansfield's Victoria Hospital but was living at 92 Newgate Lane Mansfield. William died on 13 December 1976 aged 87 years; his wife Annie had died in Saxondale Hospital, Radcliffe on Trent, on 30 October 1957 aged 69 years - at the time of her death they had been living at 2 Caudwell Drive, Mansfield.
He attended Brunts School and was a member of Mansfield Swimming Club. Also a 'well-known athlete and excellent cricketer'. He was articled to John Edward Alcock of Mansfield and practised as a solicitor (admitted 1906). He was a member of University College Nottingham OTC from May 1916.
27 Jun 1917
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103630 - CWGC Website
Second Lieutenant
12th Bn Sherwood Foresters (Notts & Derby Regiment)
Received his commission on 15 February 1917 and had previously served with the Oxford & Buckinghamshire Light Infantry, service number 27306. He was killed near Ypres and is buried in Perth Cemetery (China Wall), grave ref I.K.10.
CWGC headstone personal inscription: 'In honour's cause his life was passed In honour's cause he died at last' Mansfield Cemetery: inscription on family grave (kerb stones): ‘Annie, the dearly beloved wife of William King died Oct 30th 1957 aged 69 years. At rest. In loving memory of James King, died March 1st 1935 aged 80 years. At rest. Also his dear wife Elizabeth Ann, died Dec 9th 1935 aged 76 years. Reunited. Horace James King died Nov 24th 1962 aged 70 years. At rest. William King the beloved husband of Annie, died Dec 13th 1976 aged 87 years. Reunited. Lieut RH King, 12th Sherwood Foresters, killed in action (France), June 27th 1917 aged 32 years.’ Law Society Roll of Honour: 'Richard Henry King. Son of James King of Mansfield, Printer and Stationer, born at Mansfield March 25th 1885, educated at the Brunts School, Mansfield, articled to John Edward Alcock Mansfield, admitted 1906 and practised in Mansfield until May 1916 when he became a member of the Nottingham University College OTC and was gazetted Lieutenant with the 3rd Sherwood Foresters in January 1917. He went to France with the 12th Battaliom’ in March 1917 and was killed in action near Ypres on June 17th 1917.’ Nottingham Evening Post, Roll of Honour, 2 July 1917: ‘Killed. Lieut RH King. News was received yesterday of the death in action of Lieut RH King, of the Sherwood Foresters, of Mansfield. The deceased, who had been in the Nottingham OTC, had been in France several months. He was a well-known athlete and an excellent cricketer, captaining the Mansfield Club for some years, and once playing for the Notts. Colts. By profession he was a solicitor.’ (www.britishnewspaperarchive.co.uk) Probate: KING Richard Henry of Mansfield Nottinghamshire second-lieutenant in HM Army died 27 June 1917 in France Probate Nottingham 25 September to Gladys King widow James King printer and stationer and Joseph Bird solicitor. Effects £8106 12s. 11d. Probate: KING James of Toothill-road Mansfield Nottinghamshire died 1 March 1935 Probate London 9 April to William King lithographic printer Horace James King motor engineer and Sidney Ellison Larratt bank accountant [son-in-law]Effects £21407 14s 4d.
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  • Photo David Nunn by courtesy of Pauline Armstrong from Nottinghamshire Law Society.
    - Photo David Nunn by courtesy of Pauline Armstrong from Nottinghamshire Law Society.
  • From Nottinghamshire Law Society's Roll of Honour.
    - From Nottinghamshire Law Society's Roll of Honour.
  • Commonwealth War Grave Commission headstone marking his grave at Perth Cemetery (China Wall), Belgium. Photograph courtesy of Murray Biddle
    Richard Henry King - Commonwealth War Grave Commission headstone marking his grave at Perth Cemetery (China Wall), Belgium. Photograph courtesy of Murray Biddle
  • Family grave, Mansfield Cemetery. Photograph Rachel Farrand (July 2016)
    Richard Henry King - Family grave, Mansfield Cemetery. Photograph Rachel Farrand (July 2016)
  • Inscription on family grave, Mansfield Cemetery. Photograph Rachel Farrand (July 2016).
    Richard Henry King - Inscription on family grave, Mansfield Cemetery. Photograph Rachel Farrand (July 2016).