William Rich

Rank Rifleman
Service No 370235
Date of Death 22-23/03/1918
Age 39
Regiment/Service London Regt. (Post Office Rifles) 11st/8th Bn.
Memorial Pozieres Memorial

William Rich 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.