Not originally from Wolverhampton, Richard Thomas Ivens was born in West Bromwich in 1894, to parents Richard Edmund and Annie Matilda Ivens (nee Griffiths). In the 1901 census the family were living at 109 Pargeter Street in Walsall, together with Richard’s sister, Mary. By 1911, they had moved to Wolverhampton, and were at 68 Park Road South, Blakenhall, together with a cousin, William Joseph Leslie Hyall. Ivens became a chemical manufacturing clerk. Later, the family moved to 15 Allen Road.
Richard enlisted in the 1st/6th South Staffordshire Regiment (number 3036), and first fought in France in March 1915. On 2 July 1916, Richard died of his wounds, aged 22. He is commemorated at the Warlincourt Halte British Cemetery, Saulte, in France. He is also listed on the memorial of the Higher Grade School and the Newhampton Road Wesleyan Church Memorial.