Siblings: Frank, Maria, James Walter, Ida, Alice Ann, Florence, Charles
Occupation: Cotton dyer’s labourer
Rolls of Honour: Greengates
Richard was the eldest of the eight surviving children of the ten, all born in Horsforth, to sand stone mason Joseph Roo and his wife Elizabeth.The family were still living in Horsforth at the time of the 1911 census but when the Shipley Times & Express published a story on 6 July 1917 about how Richard and two of his brothers – Walter and Stead – were serving their country, they gave their address as 997 Harrogate Road, Apperley Bridge.They reported that Richard, like his two brothers, had worked at Newlay Dyeworks before the war and had ‘enlisted in March last year. He had only been in France eight weeks when he was wounded and taken prisoner.’The next mention of him is published on 18 October 1918 and reads: ‘News has been received that Sgt Richard Roo, Lincolnshire Regt, of 997 Harrogate Road, a prisoner of war in Germany, has died of pneumonia.