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Richard was born in Droitwich, Worcestershire, in 1879, the son of His Honour Judge Richard H. and Sophia E. Amphlett, of Wychbold Hall, Droitwich. The family were at Wychbold Hall in 1901, together with Richard’s siblings Frances M., Sophia E., Edith C., and various servants. On 30 April 1907, he married Mary Blackford Marshall in Washington, Columbia, in the United States of America. By 1911, he was living at 9 Parkdale, Wolverhampton, together with his wife Mary Blackford Amphlett, daughter Mary Marshall Amphlett, nurse Alice Winifred Bright, and servants Sarah Harriett Painter and Sarah Ann Roberts. Richard was a solicitor.

Richard enlisted with the 8th Battalion of the Worcestershire Regiment, becoming a Second Lieutenant. He was killed in action at Hargicourt, France,  on 5 April 1917. The value of his effects was £8777 17s. 2d. He is remembered at the Templeux-le-Guerard British Cemetery, as well as on a memorial in St Peter’s Church, and on a memorial in the Lady Chapel of St Peter’s Church.