Richard Summers

First Name: 
Richard
Last Name: 
Summers
Mother's Name: 
Bridget Summers nee Duffey
Father's Name: 
Richard Summers
Date Enlisted: 
Friday, October 15, 1915
Rank at Enlistment: 
Private
Rank at Discharge: 
Lance Corporal
Unit: 
49th Battalion
Service: 
Infantry
Awards: 
British War Medal
Victory Medal
1914/1915 Star
Details: 

Richard Summers (Service no 5189) was born in Dapto, NSW in 1891.

The family moved to the Northern Rivers, NSW and at the time of enlistment in Brisbane, Queensland, he was single, 22 years of age, employed as a storeman and resided in Tumbulgum, NSW.

Richard embarked on HMAT A16 - Star of Victoria with the 9th Battalion, 16th Reinforcements on 31 March 1916.  He arrived in Egypt on 9 May 1916 and was transferred to the 49th Battalion on 20 May 1916.

Richard arrived in France on 14 June 1916 and served in France until wounded in action on 3 September 1916.   He was evacuated to hospital for treatment of a gun shot wound to his thigh. Richard returned to his unit on 20 December 1916.   

Richard was wounded again in Belgium on 7 June 1917 at Messines and treated for a gun shot wound to his knee.   He returned to his unit on 20 June 1917.

Richard was promoted to Lance Corporal on 26 July 1918.

Richard returned to Australia in July 1919 and discharged in September 1919.

His brother James Summers (Service no 227)  enlisted in Sydney and died as a result of wounds sustained in August 1918.

Sources: 
NAA: B2455, SUMMERS RICHARD

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