1914-18          Rayne War Memorial       1939-45

In Memory of
Private 12378
9th Bn., Essex Regiment
who died on Monday, 18th October 1915.
Age 21.
War Graves
            Casualty_Details :       1767601
Personal Information

Date of birth 6th June 1894.

Son of Herbert and Emma Richardson (nee Gooday) married at All Saints on 24th March 1894, of Rayne Hall Green, Rayne, Essex.

Born in Rayne and lived at School House. Frank had younger siblings, Amy, Gertrude, Victor and Alice. Frank went to Rayne School, being admitted on 31st December 1900, leaving on 26th April 1907 to be a shop boy.

Memorial: Grave
Reference/Panel Number:

LOOS MEMORIAL, Pas de Calais, France Panel 85 to 87

Loos-en-Gohelle is a village about 5 kilometres north-west of Lens.

The Loos Memorial forms the side and back of Dud Corner Cemetery where over 1,700 officers and men are buried, the great majority of whom fell in the Battle of Loos. Dud Corner Cemetery, which stands almost on the site of a German strong point, the Lens Road Redoubt, captured by the 15th (Scottish) Division on the first day of the battle, is located about 1 kilometre west of the village, on the N43, the main Lens to Bethune road.

The Loos Memorial commemorates over 20,000 officers and men who fell in the area from the River Lys to the old southern boundary of the First Army, east and west of Grenay, and who have no known grave. It covers the period from the first day of the Battle of Loos to the date of the Armistice. On either side of the cemetery is a wall 15 feet high, to which are fixed tablets on which are carved the names of those commemorated. At the back are four small circular courts, open to the sky, in which the lines of tablets are continued, and between these courts are three semicircular walls or apses, two of which carry tablets, while on the centre apse is erected the Cross of Sacrifice.

Theatre of War

Another casualty of the fighting that the 9th Essex were involved in during the early stages of the Battle of Loos. Frank Richardson, Alex Richardson, Charles Newman, Alfred Nash and Thomas Hammond all died in the trenches at Noyelles in Northern France.