Richard was born in Wolverhampton in 1890, the son of Abraham R. and Alice Weaver. They were living at 97 Ash Street in 1901, together with Richard’s siblings William H., John, Alice E., Nellie, Maud and Dorothy M.
By 1911 he was serving with the 2nd Battalion of the South Staffordshire Regiment (number 8084) in Arabia, Cyprus and Gibraltar. He rise to the rank of Corporal. and went to France with the first expeditionary force when war broke out. He served at Mons, the Marne and the Aisne. However, he was wounded at Ypres on 25 October 1914, and died of his wounds three days later. He is buried at Ypres Town Cemetery, and is commemorated on the Compton Road memorial, as well as possibly the one for St John’s Church and that for Cable Street Mills. An article about him, complete with photograph, appeared in the Midland Counties Express on 23 November 1914.