Alfred Joseph Richards
|Alfred Joseph Richards|
|Born||21 June 1879
Plymouth, Devon, England
|Died||21 May 1953 (aged 73)
Southfields, London, England
|Buried at||Putney Vale Cemetery|
|Years of service||1895 - 1915|
|Unit||The Lancashire Fusiliers
|Battles/wars||World War I
World War II
Alfred Joseph Richards VC (21 June 1879 – 21 May 1953) was an English recipient of the Victoria Cross, the highest and most prestigious award for gallantry in the face of the enemy that can be awarded to British and Commonwealth forces.
On 25 April 1915 west of Cape Helles, Gallipoli, Turkey, three companies and the Headquarters of the 1st Battalion, Lancashire Fusiliers, when landing on W Beach, were met by a very deadly fire from hidden machine-guns which caused a large number of casualties. The survivors, however, rushed up and cut the wire entanglements, notwithstanding the terrific fire from the enemy and, after overcoming supreme difficulties, the cliffs were gained and the position maintained.
Sergeant Richards was one of six members of the regiment elected for the award, the others being Cuthbert Bromley, John Elisha Grimshaw, William Keneally, Frank Edward Stubbs, and Richard Raymond Willis
As a result of a wound sustained in the action he had to have his leg amputated and was discharged from the army as unfit for further service. Despite this he served in the Home Guard during World War II as a provost sergeant.
He is buried in Putney Vale Cemetery.
His medal was purchased by Lord Ashcroft at auction in 2005
- "Alfred Joseph Richards VC - Lord Ashcroft Medal collection". Retrieved February 18, 2014.
- Monuments to Courage (David Harvey, 1999)
- The Register of the Victoria Cross (This England, 1997)
- VCs of the First World War - Gallipoli (Stephen Snelling, 1995)