Service No: 2766
Units Served: 32nd Battalion (17/1/16-30/8/17) 29th Battalion 30/8/17- 27/9/17
Enlistment Details: He enlisted on the 17th January 1916 in Adelaide and was posted to the 32nd Battalion as a private. He was 19 years and 8 months old.
Details about his role in the War: He embarked at Adelaide on HMAT ‘Shropshire’ on 25 March 1916. He disembarked HMAT ‘Anchises’ at Suez on 15 April 1916. From the 16th -21st June he was in hospital in the Middle East. On 29th June 1916 he disembarked ex ‘Ivernia’ at Marseilles he was taken on strength on 8th August 1916. From the 27th November 1916 to the 7th June 1917, when he rejoined his unit in France, he spent most of his time in hospital in both England and France with trench feet and scabies. On the 30th August he was detached to 8th Infantry Brigade 32nd Battalion, where he was wounded in both legs and his right hand on 25th September 1917 and died of his injuries on 27th September 1917.
Age at Death: 21 years
Memorial Details: Lijssenthoek Military Cemetery XXIV.D.4
Interesting Details: Despite this being a time when foster children were often used as cheap labour, the Norsworthy family seemed to have a genuine care and affection for Richard. This is shown in the correspondence with the War Dept. after his death and with their commissioning a memorial plaque which now hangs in the Gumeracha & District History Centre.