Richard was born in Wolverhampton in 1897, the son of Charles Arthur and Elizabeth Annie Turner. In 1901, they were living at 100 Shaw Road, Wolverhampton. By 1911 they were at New Street, Merry Hill, Wolverhampton, along with Richard’s younger brother, William Edward.
Richard enlisted in the 1st/6th Battalion of the South Staffordshire Regiment (number 3672). He first served in France from 5 March 1915. He was wounded, and unfortunately he died on 13 October 1915. He is remembered on the Loos Memorial.