William Rich

Rank Rifleman
Service No 370235
Date of Death 22-23/03/1918
Age 39
Regiment/Service London Regiment (Post Office Rifles) 11st/8th Battalion
Memorial Pozieres Memorial. This is located 6 kms north-east of the town of Albert, France. It commemorates more than 14,000 UK and 300 South African troops who have no known grave and died between 21st March 1918, the start of the German Spring offensive, and 7th August, when the Allied advance to victory began.

 

William was born in 1879 in Finchley to Edward Rich, a naturalist and head postman, and his wife Rhoda. He had five younger siblings; George (b.1881), Ada (b.1884), Bertram (b.1885), Nellie (b.1886) and Ethel (b.1890). William followed his father’s career and became a postman, whilst George became a butcher and Bertram worked as a clerk.

William married Frances Maude Marsh in the summer of 1903 and had two daughters, Louisa (b.1904) and Lena (b.1906). He qualified for service on the 18th March 1915 and was missing, presumed dead, after an attack on the night of 22nd/23rd March 1918.