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Richard Thomas SIBLEY
Private Richard Thomas Sibley
The Essex Regiment
Enlisted 19 January 1914 as a Special Reservist in the 3rd (Special Reserve) Battalion which means that he would have been embodied for full time service on 5 August 1914, being sent to Harwich for Home Defence duties prior to drafting out to France to join the 2nd Battalionon on 23 March 1915. This would have qualified him for the 1914 Star and he would also have received the British War and Allied Victory Medals.
He was gassed in May 1915 at the 2nd Battle of Ypres and returned to the UK. On recovery, he would probably have returned to the 3rd Essex at Harwich or Dovercourt from which we know he was posted out to France once more, this time to the 9th Battalion. He was severely wounded at Montauban in July 1916 during the Battle of the Somme and returned to the UK.
He was invalided from the Army on 12 June 1917, and received a Silver War Badge number B193422, issued 9 May 1919. He was admitted to the Star and Garter Home on 12 February 1919 from Southwark Military Hospital from which he was in turn discharged for home on 30 March 1921, aged 22, suffering from paraplegia.
The reference to his latter discharge comes from the Star and Garter Magazine for April 1921.
Information courtesy of Ian Hook, Keeper, Essex Regiment Museum, Chelmsford.
Sibley, Private Richard Thomas - papers 1