Ash Street, Battle of Aisne, Battle of Marne, Church Lane, Compton Road, Gibraltar, James Gibbons, Midland Counties Express, Richard Weaver, South Africa, South Staffordshire Regiment, Trinity Methodist Chapel
Richard Weaver was born in Wolverhampton in 1890, the son of Abraham R. and Alice Weaver. In 1901 they were living at 97 Ash Street, together with Richard’s brothers John and William and sisters Alice, Dorothy, Maud and Nellie. He attended St John’s School and later worked for Messrs. James Gibbons of Church Lane. In 1907 he enlisted with the 2nd Battalion of the South Staffordshire Regiment (number 8084) and became a Corporal. By 1911 he was serving in Arabia, Cyprus and Gibraltar. He served for four years in South Africa and Gibraltar.
He went to France with the first expeditionary force when war broke out.
According to a piece in the Midland Counties Express on 25 November 1916,
In the course of a fierce engagement with the foe he was wounded in the left side, and it was from the effect of these injuries that he passed away in hospital on October 29th 1914.
He had been involved in the retreat from Mons and the battles of Marne and Aisne. He was wounded at Ypres on 25 October 1914, and died of his wounds three days later. He is commemorated at the Ypres Town Cemetery, and on the memorial of Trinity Methodist Chapel, Compton Road. He may also be the Richard Weaver listed on the memorial of Cable Street Mills and at St John’s Church. An article about him, complete with photograph, appeared in the Midland Counties Express on 23 November 1914.