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Richards, Julian David Eaton (1886-1915)

Sherborne School, UK, Book of Remembrance for former pupils who died in the First World War, 1914-1918.


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Credit: Sherborne School Archives, Abbey Road, Sherborne, Dorset, UK, DT9 3AP.


Details: Julian David Eaton Richards (later Eaton-Richards) (1886-1915), born May 1886, third son of the Rev. John Francis Richards (Rector of South Luffenham, Rutland) and Laura Georgina (nee Bishop), Bishopston Manor, Lewes.


Attended Sherborne Preparatory School.


Attended Sherborne School (day boy) September 1899-August 1904; Scholar; 6th form; Prefect; English Verse prize. In 1904, donated a copy of Virgil's 'Universum poema' (Venice, 1578) to Sherborne School Library (shelf ref. D6/16).


In 1903, he won an open classical scholarship at Wadham College, Oxford, where he graduated B.A. in 1908.


1909, passed 10th in the Civil Service Entrance Examination, subsequently entering the Civil Service as Assistant Surveyor in the Post Office.


WW1, 2nd Lieutenant in the Royal Sussex Regiment, 2nd Bn. At the outbreak of war he obtained a Commission in the Royal Engineers (postal section) and went to France on 11 September 1914. Transferred to the 2nd Royal Sussex Regiment in January 1915; became Battalion M.G. Officer. Killed on 25 September 1915 at the Battle of Loos leading the machine gunners. Buried near Lone Tree.


Commemorated at:

Loos Memorial, Panels 69-73


Royal Sussex Regiment War Memorial in Chichester Cathedral.

Church of St Mary, South Luffenham


Sherborne Preparatory School roll of honour


Sherborne School: War Memorial Staircase; Book of Remembrance.


His Colonel wrote: "He was killed... gallantly leading the machine gunners of whom he was in charge... He will be greatly missed by us all." Another officer wrote: "We were all so fond of him, and admired him so much for his pluck, bravery and many good qualities... We miss him much, and his short but brilliant service with the regiment will long be remembered by those who knew him."

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