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This is the fourth report from our volunteer, Frank Lockley, on the soldiers buried at Heath Town Cemetary.

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERABuried 25th  March 1918 age 39. Grave ref. new ground 34/10.

Richard Woolley was born in 1879 in Heath Town, son of Richard and Sarah.

He married  Mary Whitehouse in 1903 and at the time of the 1911 census they are living in Stafford with two daughters, Muriel and Edna. Richard is working as an electrical fitter.

He enlists with the Territorial Force on 15th October 1914 and is posted to the Royal Army Medical Corps, 3rd North Midland Field Ambulance .

He is soon promoted to Corporal and in June 1915 he is released to civil employment in an armoury.

According to the medical papers in his service record he fell ill on 17th March 1918 and died just two days later in the General Hospital. His death certificate describes his occupation as “machine tool fitter at Ordnance Works” and cause of death “Acute Transverse Myelitis”.

His medical report states that “It is not possible to state how far the disease causing his death had anything to do with the military service”.