Born: 1 July 1884 in Whitchurch, Shropshire and baptised on 6 August 1884.
Family: He was the fourth of five children of Samuel Harris, a tallow chandler, and his wife Emma. He married Elizabeth Fowles in 1911 in Whitchurch and together they had eight children – Edward R, Alfred G, Samuel C, Annie, Susan M, William N, Dorothy M and Cyril J.
Residence: The family were living in Waymills at the time of Richard’s baptism; by 1891 they had moved to Wrexham Road, Whitchurch, Shropshire and the 1901 census showed them living at 168 Wrexham Road. By 1911 Richard had married and was living with his wife and young family at 170 Wrexham Road. This is the address shown for him throughout the rest of his life.
Employment: The 1901 census shows him as a saddler. In 1911 and 1939 his occupation was bricklayer.
Died: In 1962 in Whitchurch, aged 78. He was buried on 24 December 1962 in Whitchurch cemetery.
Regiment: Labour Corps (previously Shropshire Light Infantry)
Service Number: 44689 (previously 5231)
Date of Enlistment: Not known
Date of Discharge: Not known
Reason for Discharge: Not known