Rank: Private
Service No: 722847
Date of Death: 27/12/1917
Age: 26
Regiment/Service: London Regiment 2nd/24th Bn.
Grave Reference: P. 125.

Additional Information:

Born in 1891 at Cheshunt Hertfordshire, son of John (Domestic gardener) and Ann Richardson.1901: A Scholar with his family at 5 Prospect Road, Cheshunt. 1911: An Invoice Clerk, still with his family at 5 Prospect Road, Cheshunt. The family later moved to 1, Clarks Cottages Woodford Road, South Woodford.

He enlisted at Oxford Street and was originally allocated to 9 London Regiment, but later transferred to 2/24 London. He was sent to Egypt in 06-17.

Jerusalem had been captured by the allies on 09-12-17, and a defensive line was established to the North. At 01.30 on 27-12-17 Turkish forces launched a counter attack, and although defences were initially pushed back, the lines were not breached. The attack ended on 30-12-17 having failed in its objective of recapturing the City. John Richardson was Killed in Action during the first day of “The Defence of Jerusalem”.

Memorial: Roll of Honour: St Mary’s Church.
Separate Folder: NO.
Principal Sources: Ancestry. Regimental History.
Qualification: Borough Resident.