Richardson, Thomas Wardlow (Thomas)
No. 1174, 13th Battalion, Royal Irish Rifles, transferred to
No. 17766, 108th Company, Machine Gun Corps (Infantry), 36th (Ulster Division)
Died of wounds on Saturday 18 August 1917 (aged 26)
Brandhoek New Military Cemetery No. 3, Belgium (Grave II. J. 23)
Holywood and District War Memorial
First Holywood Presbyterian Church
Thomas Wardlow Richardson was born on 24 August 1890 in Ean Hill, Holywood and he was a son of Hamilton and Susan Richardson (nee Lewis) who were married on 1 August 1889 in Holywood Parish Church of Ireland Church (St Philip and St James). Hamilton Richardson (aged 30), a widower from Maryfield, Holywood was a son of William Richardson, a labourer. Susan Lewis (aged 30), a spinster from Sydenham Park, Strandtown, Belfast was a daughter of John Lewis, a weaver.
The Richardson family lived in High Street and later in Church Street, Holywood.
Hamilton Richardson worked as a carpenter and he and Susan had at least four children:
Thomas (born 24 August 1890 in Ean Hill, Holywood)
Annie (Avril, born 28 March 1892 in Church View, Holywood)
John Lewis (born 27 May 1894 in High Street, Holywood; died of measles 24 September 1894)
Samuel (born 13 February 1898 in High Street, Holywood)
Hamilton Richardson had previously been married to Sarah Boyd. They were married on 27 May 1885 in Holywood Parish Church of Ireland Church (St Philip and St James). Sarah (aged 23), a spinster from Downshire Road, Holywood was a daughter of David Boyd, a labourer. Sarah Richardson (nee Boyd) died on 28 February 1888.
Prior to the outbreak of the Great War Thomas Wardlow Richardson worked as a textile mechanic. He enlisted in Belfast and served with the Royal Irish Rifles (No. 1174) before being transferred to the Machine Gun Corps (No. 17766).
Lance Corporal Thomas Richardson (No. 17766) was 26 when he died of wounds on 18 August 1917 and he was buried in Brandhoek New Military Cemetery No. 3, Belgium.
Lance Corporal Thomas Richardson (No. 17766) is commemorated on Holywood and District War Memorial and in First Holywood Presbyterian Church.