Spouse: Marjorie, nee Carter (d1914); Barbara Mary, nee Tolson
Siblings: Edward, Alice, Harold, Walter
Occupation: Wool merchant
Medals/awards: Military Cross
Rolls of Honour:
Children: Noel Maude
Regiment: West Yorkshire
Richard Alexander Fawcett
Richard Alexander Fawcett was born in 1881, the eldest son of wool merchant John Edward Fawcett and his wife Mary Alice, nee Kelly. In 1901 they were living at Low Royd House in Apperley Bridge.Richard married Marjorie Carter on 29 June 1909 and at the time of the 1911 census they were living with Marjorie’s parents in Ilkley together with their nine-month old daughter Noel Maude.Marjorie died in 1914, the first of a series of deaths Richard suffered, including his mother in 1915, his brother Edward in 1916 (link below) and his father in 1918.
The Shipley Times & Express published two pieces about Richard’s war, from the Somme where he was wounded on the first day at Thiepval.On 14 July they reported:“Capt R A Fawcett, West Yorkshire Regt, has been wounded in the chest and has sustained a fracture of the right arm. He is now in a London hospital. “Capt Fawcett was recently awarded the Military Cross. He is the senior captain of his battalion and has held his present rank for some years. At one time he
commanded a company which won the Bingham Challenge Shield. “One of his brothers, Captain E B Fawcett, was fatally wounded in Mesopotamia. Capt Fawcett was the eldest son of Ald J W Fawcett of Apperley Bridge.”Two weeks later they reported that doctors had amputated his right arm.After the war Richard married Barbara Mary Tolson and the couple lived in Ilkey. Richard died on 24 February 1957 while in France.