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Richard was born in Wolverhampton in around 1892, the son of George and Ellen or Nelly Scott. In 1901 they were living at Court 2, No 3 Oxford Street, Bilston, along with Richard’s sisters, Polly and Elizabeth. By 1911, they were at the back of 12 Bissell Street, Bilston, with additional siblings George and Sarah Ann. Richard was working as a wheel dresser at a motor works.

Richard enlisted in the 1st/6th Battalion of the South Staffordshire Regiment (number 3346), and became a Sergeant. He first served in France from 5 March 1915. He was killed in action on 1 July 1916, which was reported in the Express & Star on 29 July 1916. He is remembered on the Thiepval Memorial, as well as on the Bilston New Town Ward Roll of Honour.