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Thomas Richards was born in Wolverhampton in about 1896. He followed in his father’s footsteps and found employment at Mander Brothers paintworks, in the warehouse.

In 1914 he enlisted in the 14th Battalion of the Highland Light Infantry (number 12298). On 7 September 1916 he was killed in action at the age of 20. His father, also Thomas Richards, of 31 Peel Street, had himself served for 16 years in the Worcestershire Regiment, receiving two medals for the South African war. The younger Thomas Richards is commemorated at the Maroc British cemetery, Grenay, in France. As a former employee of both companies, his name also appears on the Daniel Smith Ltd and the Mander Brothers war memorials. According to a piece that appeared in the Express and Star on 15 September 1916, Richards’ captain said “the young man had before him a promising career”.