David Morgan Richards

Edited by : RhianJames Wales at War / Cymru yn y Rhyfel 17/11/2016

Date of Birth: 11/1893

Place Of Birth: 74 High Street, Treorchy

Date of Death: 20/11/1917

Gender: Male

Where buried: Erquinghem-Lys Cemetery, France


  • Date of birth - 11/1893

    Where? - 74 High Street, Treorchy

  • Date Enlisted - N/A

    Where? - N/A

    Age - N/A

    As -

  • Battles

  • Date of the battle - 7/7/1916

    Where? - Mametz Wood

  • Date of the battle - 31/7/1917

    Where? - Passchendaele (Third Battle of Ypres)

  • Ranks

  • Rank Date - N/A

    Rank - As Sapper

    Service - British Army

    As - Royal Engineers

    Service number - 82588

  • Date of Death - 20/11/1917

    Where? - N/A


  • Father - John D. Richards
  • Mother - Margaret Richards

School(s) attended

  • Treorchy School
  • Higher Grade School, Pentre
  • Council School, Llanafan

Additional Information

Sapper David Richards was the son of John and Margaret Richards of Bontfach, Crosswood. He was born in Treorchy and was educated at Treorchy School and Higher Grade School, Pentre, before spending some years also at Llanafan School. Aged 14, he returned to Treorchy to work as a booking clerk for T.V.R. and, after 3 years, undertook his apprenticeship with Mr Alban Richards, contractor, Ton Pentre, as a carpenter. Before enlisting, he worked with King and Davies, Marlborough Road, Newport. Sapper Richards joined the Royal Engineers in Christmas 1914 and went out to France on 27 November 1915 following his training at Porthcawl, Abergavenny and Winchester. He saw active service at Mametz Wood and the Battle of Pilckem Ridge, and served 12 months in Belgium on the Ypres Canal. He was killed by a splinter from a shell while working on a concrete gun emplacement.

Occupation prior to the war

  • Booking clerk
  • Carpenter