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A SUPERB 1st DAY, BATTLE OF THE SOMME, MILITARY CROSS. For Conspicuous Gallantry at MAMETZ. 1st July 1916. To: Private - 2/Lt Robert S.Richardson. Middlesex Regt, Scottish Rifles & 91st Machine Gun Coy. The Machine Gun Corps.
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A MAGNIFICENT 1st DAY OF THE BATTLE of THE SOMME, MILITARY CROSS. For Conspicuous Gallantry at MAMETZ on 1st July 1916To: 2/Lt Robert S.Richardson. 91st Machine Gun Co. Machine Gun Corps. "For conspicuous gallantry, though twice buried by shell fire, he succeeded in rescuing five of his men, and bringing his gun into action in a captured enemy position, he was under heavy shell fire the whole time, later he did fine work clearing the position" He fought with great distinction at The Battle of The Somme, where at MAMETZ on 1st July 1916, he won a Military Cross. A report reads "when the one gun he was able to get through saved the situation in his special part of the attack" He further took part in the attack on HIGH WOOD later in July 1916. On 31st August 1916 he was fatally wounded by a shell before GINCHY while assisting to bandage a wounded man outside the trenches. He was taken to No.21 casualty clearing station and died of his wounds the next day,1st September 1916. He was 23. He is buried in La Neuville British Cemetery, Corbie. He was posthumously promoted to Lt on September 16th 1916 (London Gazette)

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