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Born: 12 January 1891
Died: 25 October 1916
Buried: Cite Bonjean Military Cemetery, Armentieres
Address: 41 Mountain Street, Windhill
Parents: Thomas Wm & Harriet, nee Goddard
Spouse: Annie, nee Naylor
Occupation: Clerk (1901)
Rank: Pte
Rolls of Honour: Christchurch, Windhill
Regiment: Northumberland Fusiliers
Richard William Brice
Richard William Brice was the son of Thomas William Brice. Thomas was born 18 May 1868 in Hitchin, Hertfordshire. He married Harriett Goddard 4 July 1888 at St Jude Manningham. Richard, the second of five children, was born 12 January 1891 and he was baptised 13 July at St Judes. In 1891 the family were
living at 6 Bateman Street in Manningham with Thomas working as a letter carrier. By 1901 they had moved to 6 Montrose Street in Shipley, with Thomas working as a railway plate layer. Richard, a clerk living at 75 Girlington Road in Bradford, married Annie Naylor 19 July 1913 at the Bethel Chapel in Windhill. By 1915 the married couple were living at 41 Mountain Street in Shipley. Richard served as a Private with the 24th (Tyneside Irish) Battalion Northumberland Fusiliers. He died 25 October 1916 and his grave can be found in the Cite Bonjean Military Cemetery in Armentieres in France, near the border with Belgium. Richard is remembered on the Rolls of honour at Nab Wood and Windhill Parish Church. Researched & written by Colin Coates to whom many thanks
Pte Richard William Brice, Northumberland Fusiliers, was killed in action in his 25th year. He joined the army in April this year and went to France in July. Before enlisting he was employed as clerk on the Bradford Tramways. He leaves a widow and one child. In a letter to Mrs Brice, Pte Eccles wrote: “It is with sincere regret I inform you of your husband’s death which took place on Wednesday 25th October at 6 a.m. “It pains me very much to have to acquaint you with this sad news and I beg to offer my deepest sympathy. Best of friends “Dick and I were the best of friends. We were always together and helped one another as best we could. I shall miss him very much “He was the best of men and always ready to do his bit. He was very much respected by all who knew him and we are all very sorry to lose him. “I was not in the same trench at the time it occurred but I was on my way up to see him. I heard the report and the noise which followed coming from the direction where I knew Dick was. “I hurried on to find to my dismay that Dick had got shot through the body near the heart. He was unconscious all the while. We did what we could for him but he died about twenty minutes after. “As I have already said, he was unconscious all the time. He passed away peacefully.” Shipley Times & Express 24 November 1916
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