George E Richardson

George E Richardson was the third of those whose death is commemorated on the Memorial.  He was killed in the early morning of 2nd March 1916 whilst serving as a private in 2nd Battalion, Suffolk Regiment during an attack to recapture position ‘Bluff’ just outside Ypres. He was 21 years old.

He had moved with his mother to Duxford when she married George Lea in 1899 when he was a young boy of 4 or 5 and later attended school in Duxford. 

On 7 January 1907, School records indicate that he played truant and that, together with George Stigwood, in the same year on 15 October, he was also reported for picking walnuts without permission!

His mother died in 1903 and he continued to live with his step father and step brothers and sisters in St Johns Street, but before also possibly High Street.

He was one of 1,622 casualties of the action on 2nd March, the 2nd Battalion suffering particularly badly as they were on the flank and subject to machine gun fire killing 55 of them. George has no known grave and is commemorated on the Ypres, Menin Gate Memorial.

Information on this page kindly contributed by Mr Tim Chudleigh and Mr Philip Wade