Private Riccard William Summers

Australian Infantry - WW I

 


Service number: 4886

50th Battalion

Born: 9 February 1893 in Stepney, South Australia, Australia.

Date of death: 25 August 1917 - age 24 - Belgium

Status: KIA - Messines

 

Buried in Prowse Point Military Cemetery, Belgium Plot III. A. 16.

"From this world of sorrow gone is one we loved but never forgotten"


Awards:  British War Medal,  Victory Medal


BIOGRAPHY

Riccard was the first child of 8 from William Finlayson Summers  and Maren Johanne Marie Nissen .

He went to  Norwood Public School.

 

He worked as a plumber before his enlistment.

 

1915

Enlisted on 22 November 1915 

Height: 5 feet 6 1/2 inch (1,73m)

Weight: 124 lbs (56 kg)

Complexion: fair

eyes: blue

hair: light brown

 

30 Nov 1915: 10th Bn - 15th Reinforcement

 

1916

9 March 1916: Embarked at Adelaide per R.M.S. Mongolia 

19 May 1916: Transferred to 50th Bn. 

7 June 1916: Co transport Huntspill, Proceeded to join BEF with 4th AD Base Depot Alexandria 

14 June 1916: Disembarked at Marseille 

11 Sep 1916: Taken on strength of 50th Bn.

 

1917

2 April 1917: Wounded in action 

5 April 1917: Embarked on HS Cambria at Boulogne for England, Shell Wound in his arm and admitted to Royal Surrey County Hospital. 

20 April 1917 - 8 May 1917: Shell wound right arm, 18 days in hospital.

24 April 1917: Transferred from Royal Surrey Co to 3rd Aux. Shell Wound in arm.

7 May 1917: Discharged from 3rd Aux. H. to Weymouth Shell Wound in arm.

12 May 1917: Marched in ex Dartford 

1 July 1917: Marched in ex Weymouth 

23 July 1917: Proceeded overseas to France via Southampton ex o/s Tng Depot P. Dns 

28 July 1917: Marched in ex England in Le Havre 

11 Aug 1917: Marched out to Unit from Le Havre 

19 Aug 1917: Rejoined Unit from Wounded 

25 Aug 1917: killed in action

 

Personal effects:

Letters, Photo, Diary, Note case, 2 Gold wounded stripes

 

6 July 1920: photograph of grave to NOK


MILITARY RECORDS

 

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Roll of Honour
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