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Llanafan Lad Killed. HIT BY SHELL SPLINTER. Sapper D. M. Richard" R.E., was killed in France by a piece of shell on November 20th while work ng on a concrete gun emplacement. He was born at 74, High-street, Treorchy, twenty-four years ago within two days of the date of his death. He was educated at Tre- orchy School and Higher Grade, Pentre, and was for some years at Llanafan School. At the age of fourteen years he went as a book- ing clerk to Treorchy, T.V.R., and after three years served three years apprenticeship with Mr. Alban Richards, contractor, Ton Pentre, I Sapper D. M. RICHARDS. i as carpenter. Before enlisting he was working with King and Davies, Mariborough-road, New- port. He joined the R.E. at Christmas follow- ing the outbreak of hostilities in August, and after trailing at Porthcawl, Abergavenny, and Winchester went out to France on November 27th, 1915. He went through many a hard fight, including Mametz Wood and Pilkin, and served twelve months in Belgium on the Ypres Canal. His parents now reside at the old home at Bontiach, Llanafan. In a letter to Mrs. R'chards, Lieut. Doyle says that Sapper Richards was hit by a splinter from a shell whilst at duty. He was always most conscientious at his work and his death cast a gloom over the whole company. The funeral took place at Erguingham Cemetery (Brit ah) on Wednesday, 21st November. Second Lieut. Daman, who was with Sapper Richards when he was killed, writes:—"Your son was working on a concrete machine gun emplacement behind our support line. The .Corporal in charge of the building of the em- placement was there and I started to give him instructions. I asked for a foot-rule which your son handed to me. About a minute after- wards the shell came along. For a second I thought we were all right; but your son sud- denly ran to me with his hand on his s-de I and said quite quietly, I'm hit, Sir,' and fell I down at my feet. I sent immediately to the R.A.M.C. Dress'ng Station (which was quite near) and meanwhile dressed the wound. The doctor shortly afterward came along, but he saw at a glance that your son was dead. He was unconscious thirty seconds after having been hit and must have expired within three minutes. He felt absolutely no pain. The wound was a small one in the right side about ten inches from the under part of the shoulder. Dear Mrs Richards believe me, I sympathise very much with you in your great loss. I know that your son was a good fellow in even- sense of the word and he was much loved and know that your son was a good fellow in every sense of the word and he was much loved and I very popular with his fellow soldiers. He was buried on Wednesday in the British Cemetery with our other soldiers who have fallen. He looked very peaceful and quite happy, if I can say so, just as if he were asleep. I attended li s funeral along with his feliow sappers, who were his spec al chums. Please accept my sin- ccrest sympathy in your sad loss." Second Lieut. A. F. Thomas, in a letter, says that David was buried by a Welsh Nonconform- ist minister and nearly all the old boys of the j section and two officers of the company attended.


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