Friday, July 27, 2012

Thomas G. Richardson, 12th Parachute Regiment.


[Photographs courtesy of Major Ray Devlin]
(Top): Major Ray Devlin, T.D., Normandy, June 2012 
12th Parachute Regiment, Memorial, Normandy


(Bottom): Remembering Pte. Thomas G. Richardson, 12th Parachute Regt.
Ranville War Cemetery, Calvados, France
Major Ray Devlin, T.D., Normandy, June 2012 
Placing a poppy cross on behalf of the Cumbria Parachute Regt. Association

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Blogger ritsonvaljos said...

Private Thomas Gordon Richardson from Netherton, Maryport, Cumberland died on 10 July 1944 whilst serving with the 12th Parachute Regiment. During the Battle of Normandy the 12th Parachute Regiment was part of the 5th Parachute Brigade (6th Airborne Division).

Below is the CWGC citation for Pte. Thomas Richardson:

CWGC details:
RICHARDSON, THOMAS GORDON
Rank: Private
Service No: 3602031
Date of Death: 10/07/1944
Age: 25
Regiment/Service: The Parachute Regiment, A.A.C.
12th (10th Bn. The Green Howards [Yorkshire Regt.]) Bn.
Grave Reference: IIIA. H. 1.
Cemetery: RANVILLE WAR CEMETERY, Calvados, France.

Additional information:

Although not listed by the CWGC, Private Thomas Gordon Richardson was the son of Mrs. Mary Richardson (nee Gordon) and the late Mr. Francis James Richardson of Lyall's Place, Netherton, Maryport, Cumberland. His service number indicates he originally enlisted to the Border Regiment.

Below is a transcription of the obituary about Paratrooper Thomas Richardson that appeared in 'The Whitehaven News' on Thursday 3 August 1944 (page 4).

"NETHERTON PARATROOPER
Killed in Action
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Paratrooper Thomas Gordon Richardson, third son of Mrs and the late F.J. Richardson, Lyall's Place, Neteherton, Maryport, was killed in action in North Western Europe on July 10. He was with the first wave of airborne soldiers on D-Day.

Deceased, who was 25 years of age and unmarried, joined the Lancashire Fusiliers soon after the outbreak of war and had done more than four years' service, all in the British Isles, until the operations began on D-Day and a considerable part of it spent in intensive training after he joined the Paratroops.

He was one of four brothers, all serving in the Army. Daniel is at present overseas with the M.E.F. John is stationed in N.E. England, and Frank has recently written home that has joined the British Liberation Army and hoped he might meet Thomas.

Before the war Paratrooper Richardson was engaged in agricultural work."
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