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Skinner, Richard Henry (831)

Place of Birth: Port Melbourne, VIC

Age: 22 years 5 months

Enlistment Details: Friday, 26 February 1915 – Melbourne, VIC

Service Number: 831            view online service record

Kerr Street
South Melbourne, VIC

Next of Kin:
Harriett Legg (mother)
Kerr Street
South Melbourne, VIC

Embarkation Details:
Date: Monday, 10 May 1915
Ship: HMAT Euripides A14
Port: Melbourne, VIC
Unit: 23rd Infantry Battalion

KIA: Friday, 4 August 1916
Place: France

Mother later at 122 Ingles Street.

Private, 23 Infantry, killed in action 1 August, 1916, France, aged 23, commemorated Villers-Bretonneux Memorial, France.

Mother: Mrs Harriett LEGGE (previously SKINNER), born Port Melbourne. A 22-year-old labourer who enlisted Coote Street, South Melbourne with his re-married mother in Kerr Street, South Melbourne, later 122 Ingles Street, Port Melbourne. No known grave; no circular returned; South Melbourne defaulted by AWM as the late serviceman’s closest place of association based on his address on enlistment.

Additional research by Brian Membrey


  • Brian Membrey
    Posted February 20, 2017 11.09 am 0Likes

    “Informant states that on August 4th, 1916 at Pozieres Pte. R.H. Skinner and Pte. Cyril Iles were killed in a dugout by the same shell. He did not exactly see it happen but was close by and was told of it directly. All the company were there at the time and they all knew it and informant greatly wonders wht it was not reported and surprised to see the name on the “Missing” List. He and Pte. Iles were buried together at Pozieres. Both were great friends of informant and belonged to the original battalion. Description : very good looking, fair, about 21, about 5ft 7, called “Dick”) (Informant : Pte G. Isaacs, 751, 23rd Australians

    Family in Station-street, Port Melbourne at the time of his birth

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