Thomas Robert Richens (1899 - 1919) Regmental No. 259547

Tom was born to a family that had lived and worked as farm labourers in Bishopstone and Wanborough for generations. His father was a carpenter and Tom, an only child, grew up on High Street, Lower Wanborough near Callas Hill.

He joined the 6th Rly Telegraph Company, Royal Engineers, as a Pioneer and served in France and Germany. His company was posted to Cologne after the 1918 Armistice, as part of the occupation of the Rhineland.

Sadly, he developed emphysema and died on the 8th September 1919 in Cologne, North Rhine-Westphalia, Germany, when he was 20 years old. He is buried at the Cologne Southern cemetery in plot XII D 10. His grave has the poignant inscription "In sweet and loving remembrance of our dear son from his loving Mam and Dad R.I.P."

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Cologne Southern Cemetery