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Roll of Honour Data Page
-official war artist-
(family nickname Bertie)
19 Dec 1919 at 84 Cambria Street, Fairfield, Liverpool England.
2005452 - Sapper & Lance Corporal Rank
313191 - 2nd Lieutenant Rank
286 Field Company RE
591 Antrim Parachute Squadron RE
Ringway Parachute training Course 69B
Enlisted 3rd April 1940 as a Sapper in the RE
Promoted to Lance Corporal in 1943
Commission as Official War Artist in Dec 1943
granted emergency commission 01 Mar 1944 (without pay and allowances from Army funds) rank of Captain.
Attached to No.2 Troop on D-day for the assault on Merville Battery which had been seconded under the command of the 9th Battalion Parachute Regiment.
son of George Richards (1894-1974) and his wife Hannah Beatty (1892-1979) [m. 1917 Liverpool]
of Wallasey, Merseyside. George was a WW1 veteran and a wood machinist by profession.
1925 The Family moved to 2a St. Bride's Road, Egremont, Wallasey, and later to 14 Queensway, Wallasey.
Albert's maternal great grandfather Albert Strickland Beatty was a painter and son of Lucas Beatty or Beattie (b.1804 Preston d.1843 Lancaster)was a professional artist working in early 19th century. He specialised in painting portraits and animals (usually prize livestock and successful race horses etc) and was awarded an art prize in 1828 by the Academy of the Liverpool Royal Institution .
Student at the Royal College of Art, London when called up.
5 May 1945 aged 25, near Maas, Netherlands
Killed by a land mine explosion when he drove in to a mine field. He did not leave a Will. Administration was granted to his father George on 20 Jul 1945 at Liverpool. Albert's estate being valued at 600 pounds 11 shillings.
Milsbeek War Cemetery, Netherlands
Section 1, row G, grave no.11
Cemetery / Memorial:
WW2 Memorial inside Wallasey Town Hall
A Gallery of his paintings, with notes are on this website (Click) with links to external websites.
Book: The Rose of Death- Paintings and Drawings by Captain Albert Richards, Published by The Arts Council of Great Britain, London 1978.
Albert Richards' Biographic research and Art work notes, collated by the artist Allen Freer are among Freer's papers donated to the John Ryland's Library in Manchester. Viewing is by prior arrangement with the Library
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