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Thank you to Phil, the grandson of Richard Child for allowing me to publish his research.


My Grandfather, Richard Child was born In Guisborough, North Riding of Yorkshire on the 18th June 1893 he was the 3rd of 9 Children of George and Mary Child. His father George was an Iron-stone miner.

Instead of following most of the family into the Mines he became a groom and coachman at Gisborough Hall (the Town and Hall have different spellings) where he worked and lived in the stables until about 1912.

He then was employed as a coachman at Ribby Hall near Kirkham. This will explain why at the beginning of the war a Yorkshireman joined a Lancashire regiment.

At the outbreak of the Great War he joined 7th Battalion of the Loyal North Lancashire Regiment in Preston, on 1st September 1914.

Private Richard Child, 1914.

Private Richard Child, 1914.


Richard sailed to France with the 7th Battalion on 17th July 1915.

Private Richard Child, France 1915

Private Richard Child, France 1915

Sometime in late 1916 or early 1917 Dick was taken Prisoner of War. It is not known in which camp he was held.

They were outflanked by the Germans and were ordered to lay down their arms and surrender.

Also according to my grandmother who was also in service at Ribby Hall, “nothing was heard of him for over a year.”

Dick was repatriated and discharged to the reserve on 18th of February 1919.

On Christmas Eve 1919 he married my grandmother in Guisborough.

Unfortunately after the war there was less need for Grooms and Coachmen. So soon after he moved to Cadishead near Manchester and worked in the Steel works at Irlam later in the 1930’s he moved to Prestwich also in Manchester and worked at the Manchester Evening Chronicle.

Dick died in January 1962 in Crumsal Hospital Manchester aged 68.

Private Richard Child is named on the Roll of Honour, still hanging in Gisborough Hall


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