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The son of Harriett and Edward Chell, Richard was born in Wolverhampton on 2 May 1877. By 1901 he was living with his mother at 2 St Mark’s Road, Wolverhampton. He was working as a draper’s assistant. In 1904, Richard married Emma Frances Vaughan in Wolverhampton, By 1911, the couple were living with Harriett Chell at the same address, along with their two children, Winifred Lilian and Gordon Frank. Richard was working as a draper.

Perhaps because of his age, Richard does not appear to have done any military service during the First World War. However, he did serve the British Red Cross from February 1917 onwards, by which date his address was 3 Lonsdale Rad, Wolverhampton. He served part-time, doing hospital work in the Military Wards of Wolverhampton General Hospital, transporting wounded at Wolverhampton and Lichfield, and served on Air Raid duty at Merridale Street Air Raid Station, Wolverhampton. He had a First Aid Certificate.

By 1939, the now-widowed Richard was living alone at 26 Woodthorne Road, Tettenhall, Wolverhampton, working as a Ladies’ Outfitter. He died on 14 April 1945, by which date his address was 124 Penn Road, Wolverhampton. The value of his effects was £5800 5s. 7d.