Richard John Longstaff

First Name: 
Richard
Middle Name: 
John
Last Name: 
Longstaff
Date of Birth: 
Monday, June 11, 1894
Mother's Name: 
Marian Longstaff (nee Elgin)
Father's Name: 
John Longstaff
Date Enlisted: 
Monday, September 14, 1914
Rank at Enlistment: 
Private
Rank at Discharge: 
Private
Unit: 
13th Battalion
Company: 
F
Service: 
Infantry
Awards: 
1914/1915 Star
British War Medal
Victory Medal
Date of Death: 
Tuesday, May 4, 1915
Place of Death: 
Quinns Post, Gallipoli
Cause of Death: 
Killed in action
Details: 

Richard Longstaff (Service No 640) was born in Korumburra, Victoria. Richard had been in the Senior Cadets in Victoria before moving to Kiama, N.S.W.  

He was living in Kiama when he enlisted a month after his brother William.  Richard was 21 years of age and worked as a miner at this time.

Richard embarked on HMAT A38 Ulysses on 22nd December 1914 with F Company, 13th Battalion.

He landed on the Gallipoli Peninsula on 25th April 1915 and was part of the early fighting.  The 13th Battalion were in the trenches at the critical Quinns Post.

Richard was killed in action on 4th May 1915 and has no known grave. Richard's brother William was also killed in action at Galliopli in 1915.

Both Richard and William are commemorated on the Lone Pine Memorial,Gallipoli.

Sources: 
NAA: B2455, LONGSTAFF RICHARD JOHN

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