Driver Richard FLINT
('Private' on CWGC Records)


Regiment/Service:
Army Service Corps
(Attached: Royal Army Medical Corps)
Unit:
Attached: 55th Field Ambulance.
Service Number:
M2/168140
Date of Death:
8 April 1918 - Died of wounds
Age:
30
Cemetery / Memorial:
Grave Reference:
II. E. 28.


Personal History:

Richard was born in Buxton in the June quarter 1886, the son of Annie (née Millward) (Dressmaker) and the late George Flint (married March quarter 1882) (George died December quarter 1892). In 1891 (Census RG 12/2779) Annie and her family were living with her parents, Charles and Charlotte Millward at 2 South Street, Buxton. Richard had three older siblings, Mary Louise, Jane Annie and George, and two younger, Leila and Irene.
The 1901 Census (RG 13/3270) shows Richard living with his widowed grandmother, Charlotte Millward, on Spring Gardens, Buxton, with Leila, Irene and another younger brother Cyril, aged 3. On 30th March 1911 Richard married Amy Butler at Chapel-en-le-Frith Register Office and in the Census of that year (RG 14/21235) much of the family were back together at 1 Nunsfield Road, Fairfield, Buxton. Mother Annie, brothers and sister, George, Irene and Cyril, Annie's mother Charlotte and baby Doris Schaefer Flint, born June quarter 1907.

Richard's occupation was listed as "Cab Proprietor". At the time of his enlistment in 1916 he was living at 50 Boardman Street, Manchester and had one son Russell Richard, born 25th November 1915 and gave his occupation as "Motor Driver". He was 5 ft. 5½ ins. (1.66 m.) tall, had a 'fresh' complexion, grey eyes and fair hair. When reporting his death, "The Buxton Advertiser" gave his mother's address as 'Park Garage'.

Sadly Richard's son, Russell, died of cerebral meningitis on the 7th October 1918, so Amy had lost her husband and son within just 6 months. At that time she was living at 46 Compton Road, Leeds.

Military History:
Richard enlisted in the Army Service Corps (MT) in Manchester on the 13th April 1916, on a Short Service (For the Duration of the War) engagement, having Attested on the 11th. He was posted to France on 17th June 1916, returning home on the 10th November. He had been admitted to the 3rd Canadian Hospital, Boulogne, on the 6th November and transferred to England on the 9th onboard the 'Jan Breydel'. He remained in England until returning to the Front on the 22nd May 1917. He had spent most of the time (until 27th January) in Hospital in Leicester suffering from "Myalgia" (i.e. muscle pain, often associated with  chronic fatigue syndrome).

On the 28th July 1917 Richard was posted to 565 Motor Transport Company and to 562 Company on 1st January 1918. On the 4th March 1918 he was again admitted to Hospital suffering from myalgia - this time 29 Casualty Clearing station. He obviously didn't stay long as on the 13th he failed to attend roll call (back with 562 Coy.) and was fined two days pay. Two weeks later, on the 27th, he received 5 days C.B. (Confined to Barracks) for being 5 minutes late for another roll call.

On the 30th March he was again transferred, this time to the "Motor Transport Reserve Vehicle Park", before moving again, to the 55th Field Ambulance. Richard was wounded on 4th April 1918 and was evacuated to the Casualty Clearing Station. He died in Hospital 4 days later. In total he had served just 1 year 63 days with the Colours.

When reporting his death, "The Buxton Advertiser" quoted a letter received by Richard's mother from the Reverend Archibald H. Cullen, Chaplain to the Forces, confirming that her son had died in the South African General Hospital. It went on:

"Your gallant son was brought to this hospital suffering from several wounds. From the very first his condition was critical and despite, and despite the very best medical attention he passed away on the 8th inst. When I saw him he was in a very collapse condition and was unable to enter into any conversation. I could not say that he was really conscious. Probably considering the severe nature of his wounds he suffered very little. He was laid to rest in the local cemetery here in Abbeville. ..." The letter finished with the usual expressions of condolences.


Sources:
· "The Buxton Advertiser" - 20 April 1918
·  I am grateful to Margaret Dufay for the photo of Richard's grave
Commemorated on:
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Dr. Richard Flint
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Richaqrd Flint's grave