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12 Mar 1915
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Pte Thomas Richards, 6684, 2nd Battalion, Beds Regt, was killed in action at Neuve Chapelle on March 12th, 1915. He was aged 33.
It was a double tragedy for his widow Emma (nee Worsley, born 1881), of 178 Park Street, Luton. Just days before she received the news about her husband, her only child (Stanley Charles Thomas), died on March 26th, aged just six months. The couple were married on October 4th, 1913.
Pte Richards had served through the Boer War and was afterwards sent to India before coming home in 1909. He worked for a time at Letchworth but subsequently became an employee of the J. W. Green brewery in Park Street West, Luton.
He was called up as a Reservist at the outbreak of war, first going to Landguard Camp before leaving for the front on Boxing Day.
The son of Sarah Elizabeth Richards and the late Charles Richards, of 147 Hitchin Road, Luton, Pte Richards had four brothers and four sisters living at home at the time of the 1911 Census.