PREECE Richard Gerald
Regiment : A Battery 320th Brigade Royal Field Artillery
Service number : 100922
Conflict : WW1
Date of death : 25th April 1919 aged 19
Buried : Old Swinford (St Mary) Churchyard, Worcestershire, England, In South-West part, near West boundary.
Relatives : Son of Thomas William and Amelia Preece, 84 Hagley Road, Old Swinford, Stourbridge
Memorial : Stourbridge War Memorial
Also appears on : Old Swinford St Mary's Church appears on the memorial on the roll of service, not as a casualty, with the additional information: Bomb. R.F.A.
Credits : Researched by The Black Country Society.
Richard Preece was the next to last soldier from Stourbridge to die in consequence of the Great War. He attended Oldswinford CE School and enlisted on 7th September 1916 in the artillery. He served with the 320th Brigade, Royal Field Artillery and was seriously wounded. His injuries were so serious that he was discharged on the 20th February 1918 and returned home to Oldswinford. His wounds, however, must have remained in a serious condition for he died at home on the 25th April 1919 and was buried in Oldswinford churchyard. The County Express recorded the details of the military funeral with the coffin draped with the Union Jack and borne by six of his old comrade. A party from Stourbridge Grammar School fired three shots over the grave. Although he had attended Oldswinford CE School, his name was not recorded on the school memorial, which is dated 1914-18.