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Cyril Richards was born in Dudley in 1887, the son of Mary A. Richards. He married Elenor/Ellinor Clara Lewis in 1910, and the couple went on to have three children, twins Alice and Phyllis in 1913 and Edna in 1914.

Richards enlisted with the Royal Field Artillery in January 1916 and became a bombardier (number 71285). He to the front in February of that year. On 8 August 1916 he died following wounds received in action. By this date his wife and family were living at Millfields Road in Ettingshall, although later his wife moved to 5 Barlow Street. Richards is commemorated at the Chocques Military Cemetery in France.