Richard Bosworth was born in Wolverhampton in 1886. He worked for Dobbs Brothers in Frederick Street for over 15 years. In 1908 he married Alice Deakin, and the couple went on to have three children – George, Harry and Alice – between 1912 and 1916. They lived at 103 Salop Street.
Bosworth served with the South Wales Borderers (number 24249). He was killed in action on 1 August 1916. According to an article that appeared in the Express &Star later that month, his lieutenant is quoted as saying “By his death my platoon has lost its finest soldier. He was a type of soldier who did his utmost. He died at his post doing his duty.” He is commemorated at the Loos British Cemetery in France.
The article also mentions his brother Thomas, who had served 21 years in the Army, who was killed “early in the war”. We can presume this is the Thomas Bosworth of the South Staffordshire Regiment (number 9029) who was killed on 7 November 1915. He is commemorated on the Ypres (Menin Gate) Memorial.