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Military Monday - Percival Richardson. Royal Engineers Part I

I've recently added my 2x Great Uncle Percival Richardson to Lives of the First World War . I've already posted a few posts abo...

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Tuesday, 27 August 2013





Some time ago I visited Liverton in North Yorkshire, where my Richardson, Shaw and Dale ancestors hail from.









Looking around the churchyard for family gravestones, I spotted this one which belongs to my 4x great uncle James Richardson and his wife Margaret (nee Hudson).  He was born in Liverton in 1800 & died there on the 17th April 1887.

The inscription is difficult to read; this is a transcription:
Sacred to the memory of Margaret Elizabeth the beloved wife of James Richardson who died April 12th 1873 aged 67 years. Also the above James Richardson who died April 17th 1887 in the 87th year of his age









Soon after arriving at the church we were joined by a red admiral butterfly, which landed on the gravestone as I was photographing it and then followed us around the rest of the churchyard, only flying off when we left.  It felt freakily like the ancestors were watching!






Last October, for my birthday, my Aunt painted a picture of the butterfly and gravestone which I was delighted with!

Tuesday, 13 August 2013


Nottinghamshire County Council have recently put together a searchable database of World War One memorials.

This is the result for my Great-great Uncle Harold Richardson:

Person Details
Date of death  03 Jul 2016
Age at death  35
Service number  8434
Rank  Sergeant
Military Unit  12th Bn. Northumberland Fusiliers

Remembered on
Hyson Green - St Stephens War Memorial as Harold Richardson Sergeant 12th Bn. Northumberland Fusiliers


I think this may be him:

but I could be wrong - I've tried a few different places, but haven't yet managed to get his cap badge identified with any certainty.

It's great to know where he is commemorated though & I'll be going to have a look in St Stephens next time I'm in Nottingham.