Date of birth: c 1873
Parents: Frederick and Lavinia Poole
Wife: Hannah Poole (nee Garrison)
Address: 44 Coventry Road
Richard was born in c.1873 in Birmingham. At the time of the 1881 census he was living with his parents at 88 Albion Street in the St Pauls parish of Birmingham with his parents, a younger brother Frederick aged 5 and a baby sister Nora aged 9 months.
By the time of the 1891 census, Richard had joined the army and was stationed in London.
Richard married Hannah on 17th August 1895, presumably while home on leave. She was from Warwick and their first child, also Richard, was born in Warwick on 11th December 1895. Their next four children were born overseas: Frederick (9.2.98) in Alexandria, Egypt, Nora (2.11.00), Kathleen (25.9.02) and Joyce (15.10.04) in Perambur, Madras but their daughters Patricia (25.1.07) and Morna (18.3.09) were born in Warwick. At the time of Patricia’s baptism they were living on Parkes Street, Warwick
At the time of the 1911 census, Richard and Hannah were living with their 7 children on Church Street, Whittington, near Lichfield, Staffs. Both Richards (father and son) were working as Canteen assistants for Army contractors. The cutting below shows that Richard junior followed his father into the army. He survived and at the outbreak of the second world war he was living with his wife Dorothy in Coventry. He died in 1982
Hannah died in 1950 in Warwick aged 73.
Warwick Advertiser 7th August 1915 – Deaths
“Poole – On the 28th ult., at the Military Hospital, Aldershot, Company Sergeant Major R Poole, 9th South Staffords, of 44 Coventry Road, Warwick, aged 42; late Colour-Sergeant of the 1st Battalion of the Royal Warwickshire Regiment”
Warwick Advertiser – In Memoriam – 27th July 1918:
As a career soldier, Richard would have been proud of his son Richard’s citation for a Military Medal, which sadly happened after his death, in 1917.
Rank & Number: Company Sergeant Major, 14389
Regiment/Service: 9th (Service) Battalion, South Staffordshire Regiment
Brigade/Division: 23rd Division
Date of death: Wednesday, July 28, 1915
Cause of death/Battle: Died in hospital in Aldershot
Commemorated/Buried: Warwick Cemetery - CWGC section - 224 C 25
Awards: Did not serve overseas - no medal entitlement
Commemorated locally at: St Nicholas Church
Richard joined the Royal Warwickshire Regiment in 1890 aged 18. His attestation papers describe him as 5′ 4″ with a sallow complexion and gave his trade as a mattress maker. In 1891 he was stationed at the military garrison at the Tower of London. He served in Malta from November 1895 to January 1897, then in Egypt until October 1898 and then in the East Indies until August 1906 when he returned to England. He continued in the army until January 1910 when he was discharged at his own request, having served for 18 years, after originally enlisting for 7, by which time he was a Colour Sergeant.
His discharge papers state that he was an exemplary soldier, a good clerk and painstaking but note that he had no special qualifications for civil live (although his wife was a good neddlewoman). His intended place of residence was Bordesley Green, Birmingham and he was expecting to receive an army pension.
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- Warwick Advertiser excerpts courtesy of Warwickshire County Record Office