Rank or Title
Date of Birth
6 Oct 1895
Date of Death
21 Sep 1915
Place of Birth
World War I Address
Place of Death
War Memorial Location
Soldier or Civilian
Sapper Richard Worker, 807, 1/2nd Field Company, East Anglian Royal Engineers, was killed in action at Gallipoli on September 21st, 1915. It would have been his 20th birthday on October 6th.
Parents George and Isabella Worker, of 87 Warwick Road, Luton, were officially notified of his death on October 8th, after reference had been made to their son's death in letters from his comrades, who said a shell dropped into the workshop in which a party of the Engineers were working. Sapper Worker was struck and killed.
His father had been employed at George Kent Ltd for 16 or 17 years, and Pte Worker had worked there for about four years before taking a job in Letchworth prior to mobilisation. He had been in the local company of the E.A.R.E. for about three years.
In a letter dated September 15th, Sapper Worker said he had been up in the firing line to work for six hours and was then having 12 hours off, with another six hours' work to follow.
"We are working in the second line of fire," he wrote. "I think it is as bad there as in the first line. There are plenty of sights to be seen up there, I can tell you. Last night there was a fellow very near me got wounded with a bomb, and it was a bit of luck that none of our party caught it."