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Born:1896, Hunslet
Died: 27 October 1918, Italy
Buried: Tezze British Cemetery
Address: 14 Spring Place, Valley Road, Shipley
Parents:Dick & Ann Elizabeth
Siblings: Fred, Ethel, William, Elsie
Occupation: G Hodgson, loom maker, Frizinghall
Rank: Sgt
Medals/awards: D.C.M.; MM, Certificate of Merit
Rolls of Honour:
Regiment: Duke of Wellington’s
Richard Everson
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Richard Everson was born in Hunslet in 1896, the son of Dick and Ann Elizabeth. Sometime between 1901 and 1911 the family moved to 14 Spring Place, Valley Road, Shipley and it was from there, shortly after war was declared, that Richard joined up. On 3 December 1915, the Shipley Times & Express reported: “L Cpl R Everson, Duke of Wellington’s Own, writes from the Front asking if some kind person in Shipley will send him a small melodeon, ‘just to help to keep me and my comrades cheerful during the cold winter months.’ “They have been out three months,
he says, and have had some pretty hard times. He expresses pleasure that so many Shipley lads have joined the Forces and regrets the loss of those who have made the supreme sacrifice.” The next we read of Richard is on 20 September 1918 and he has been promoted in the meantime: “The Military Medal has been awarded to Sgt Richard Everson, Duke of Wellington’s West Riding Regt, son of Mr and Mrs Everson
of 14 Valley Road, Shipley, for taking command of a platoon at a critical stage when his commander was wounded, and re- organising the platoon under heavy machine- gun fire. “Now 22 years of age, he enlisted in September 1914 and won the Certificate of Merit on September 2nd, 1917. He was wounded last year. “He worked at G Hodgson’s Ltd, loom makers, Frizinghall.” According to the Commonwealth
War Graves Commission website, Richard was killed in Italy on 27 October 1918 and buried at Tezze British Cemetery. He is given as acting sergeant major and his parents’ address is given as back in Hunslet which might explain why the Shipley Times & Express didn’t report his death. However, on 10 January 1919 they did carry a short paragraph reading: “Sgt R Everson, M.M. Duke of Wellington’s West Riding Regt, of Shipley, has been awarded the Distinguished Conduct Medal for valuable services in Italy.”