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Photo:The grave of Victor Richardson M.C.

The grave of Victor Richardson M.C.

Photo by Alex Currie

Victor Richardson M.C.

By Michael Shankland

Featured in 'Testament of Youth'

I am currently researching the life of Hove officer Lieutenant Victor Richardson, who died of wounds incurred at the battle of Arras, on 9th June 1917. Most remembered as ’Victor’ or ’Tah’ from Vera Brittain’s ’Testament of Youth’ and ’Chronicle of Youth’, whose correspondence is also featured in ‘First World War Letters of Vera Brittain and Four Friends- Letters From A Lost Generation’.

Born 1895 in Hove

Victor was born in Hove on 18th March 1895. He was a member of the OTC at Uppingham school and was intending to study medicine at Emmanuel College Cambridge when the Great War broke out. Instead he volunteered for service, joining the 4th Battalion, Royal Sussex Regiment. However Victor was struck in January 1915 by a severe bout of meningitis, contracted at the Horsham army camp, and it was not until October 1916 that he was fit to serve on the Western Front.

Fought at the Battle of Arras

He became attached to the 9th Kings Royal Riffle Corp and fought at the battle of Arras on 9th April 1917. He was wounded in the arm, reported for medical treatment then returned to the fighting, only to be shot in the head which caused him to lose his sight. Victor was returned to Britain and whilst being treated at the 2nd London General Hospital, began to suffer from delirium. He died on 9th June 1917.

Buried in Hove

Victor was buried in his mother’s grave, at the Hove Old Shoreham Road Cemetery. Myself and a number of other individuals with an interest in the Great War are concerned at the current state of the grave. Discussions to this effect have been taken place on the WWW based ‘Great War Forum’.

Researching Great War dead?

Contact has been made with Victor Richardson's closest surviving relative and the Commonwealth War Graves Commission, also with the Western Front Association, to see if the grave can be restored. If anyone is interested in being kept informed about progress that is being made, or is interested in researching other Great War dead from Hove, or how the Great War impacted on Hove generally, you are welcome to contact me at infernus9@aol.com

 

 

This page was added on 16/05/2010.
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UPDATE: I am pleased to announce that the Commonwealth War Graves Commission have now funded and organised the cleaning of the headstone and repairing of the lead lettering. Mandy Hall, from the Great War Forum, took some photos of the grave on Remembrance Sunday, 14th November 2010, and kindly placed them here: http://s1091.photobucket.com/albums/i391/mandyhall86/

By Michael Shankland (27/11/2010)

There will be a visit to Victor Richardson's grave at Hove Old Shoreham Road cemetery on the 94th anniversary of his death, 9th June 2011 with flowers being placed there at 11 am. If anyone is interested, please feel free to email me at Infernus9@aol.com

By Michael Shankland (31/05/2011)

More details concerning Victor's life and upbringing in Hove can be found in a new book titled 'None That Go Return- Leighton, Brittain and Friends and the Lost Generation of 1914- 1918' by Don Farr, Helion and Company, 2010.

By Michael Shankland (02/08/2011)

Restoration work on Victor Richardson's grave has now been going on during this Spring (2012). If anybody is interested in a further update, please E mail me at Infernus9@aol.com - please put 'Victor Richardson' in the subject heading.

By Michael Shankland (26/05/2012)

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