• Richard Henry Skewes

Army / Flying Corps
  • 13th Australian Field Artillery Brigade
  • Private
  • Gunner

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  • 1914–1915 Star
  • British War Medal
  • Victory Medal
  • Enlistment - WW1

    Liverpool, New South Wales, Australia

  • Birth

    North Sydney, NSW, Australia

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    • SKEWES, Richard Henry
    • Posted by FrevFord, Saturday, 24 March 2018

    Born on the 15th of July 1890 in Nth Sydney – the son of William Richard SKEWES and Alice Margaret McCLELLAN, who married in Sydney in September 1886 Alice sued for divorce in 1895 on the grounds of desertion, and died on the 8/9/1920 William, a Carpenter, was listed as deceased on Richard’s marriage certificate, but didn’t die until 1940 Siblings: Stella Beatrice b.1887 – marr H. Ernie EARLE 1938; Lillian M b.1888 – d.1890; William Roy b.1892 – marr Muriel – d.12/4/1960; Half sibling: Leonard Francis (Fred) – marr Cassie – d.29/9/1961 Religion: Roman Catholic Occupation: Carter with the Ekland Freezing Works WW1: Enlisted on the 7/8/1915, and embarked as Private 2450 with the 5th Reinforcements of the 20th Battalion on the A70 Ballarat 6/9/1915 Transferred to the 56th Battalion Taken on strength of the 13th Field Artillery Brigade (FAB) 17/3/1916 and posted to the 51st Battery Transferred to the 57th Battery 23/1/1917 France Temporary attachment to the 14th Infantry Brigade 20/6/1917 to the 15/7/1917 Wounded in action 1/8/1917 Ypres, Belgium – receiving shell wounds to his eyes, rendering him blind Embarked for England on the St Denis 5/8/1917, and admitted to the 2nd London General Hospital, Chelsea Transferred to St Dunstan’s Hostel for Blinded Soldiers, where he trained in Poultry Farming, Basket and Net making Granted Leave ex St Dunstan’s 26/8/1919 [much of his service file seems to be missing] Married Minnie Ellen/Eleanor REVELL on the 16th of July 1919 at the Church of our Lady, St Marylebone, England Minnie, born Dec Qtr 1899 Marylebone, was the daughter of Robert (a deceased Garage Attendant) and Rebecca The couple returned to Australia together with their son on the Naldera, embarking 10/4/1920 Discharged from the 49th Battery, 13th FAB, AIF 24/5/1920 Children (included): Henry Robert born 18/10/1919 Marylebone, England – marr Rachel L SIMMONDS 1942 – WW2 In March 1927 Richard attended a tea party at the Blinded Soldiers’ Café in honour of a visit from Lady Pearson Resident in 1928 at 16 Fox St, Lane Cove, NSW Minnie died on the 12th of April 1928 at the Royal North Shore Hospital, aged 29 Richard living at 26 Cobar St, Willoughby in 1930 with his sister Stella Richard died suddenly on the 9th of August 1936 at his home in Cobar St, Willoughby, NSW Buried in the Northern Suburbs Catholic Cemetery [Group photo] Evening News (Sydney, NSW), Sat 13 Mar 1920 (p.3): LONDON LETTER AUSTRALIANS IN ST DUNSTAN’S – Gallant Sightless Optimists From Our Special Correspondent, H.N. Southwell – LONDON, January 13 Under the influence of this genial sunshine, which flickers fading optimism into life again, I went last Thursday to St Dunstan’s to visit the last batch of sightless Australians, and on the lake adjacent to the buildings saw a four-oar crew of blind men, ripping along, as if they hadn’t a care in life. ……… I had heard that 22 Australians are still at St Dunstan’s so I went there to have a yarn, hoping to drop across a few from New South Wales. There were five: – Eric Carter (Burwood), Fred Hughes (Darlinghurst), Thomas Gibson (Thirroul), R. Skewes (North Sydney), and Edward Twomey (Annandale). Though I spoke to all I met, a brief … biography of these men from the Mother State will interest you as much as it did me. ………………………………………………………………………………………… R. Skewes, I met on the pavement, where a lady was waiting to take him for a walk. At home he was employed in the Ekland Freezing Works, and joined the 49th Battery, leaving home in March, 1915. He also lost his eyesight near Ypres in August, 1917. Now he is competent to make baskets and nets, and all sorts of things that require deft hands, and he has also gone through the course of poultry-farming. Skewes hopes to return to Sydney next month. https://trove.nla.gov.au/newspaper/article/117723664 The Sydney Morning Herald (NSW), Mon 10 Aug 1936 (p.8 & 7): DEATHS SKEWES – August 9, 1936, suddenly, at his residence, 26 Cobar-street, Willoughby, Richard Henry Skewes, late member of Blinded Soldiers’ Association. R.I.P. FUNERALS SKEWES – The Relatives and Friends of Mr RICHARD HENRY SKEWES, of Willoughby (late member Blinded Soldiers’ Association), are kindly invited to attend his Funeral: to leave our Chapel, 244 Pacific Highway, Crow’s Nest, THIS (Monday) AFTERNOON, at 3.15 o’clock, for the Catholic Cemetery, Northern Suburbs. The Sydney Morning Herald (NSW), Sat 12 Sept 1936 (p.16): RETURN THANKS The CHILDREN of the late RICHARD HENRY SKEWES, late of 26 Cobar-street, Willoughby, wish to THANK friends and relatives for their sympathy, cards, and floral tributes in the loss their dear father. The Sydney Morning Herald (NSW), Mon 9 Aug 1937 (p.8): IN MEMORIAM SKEWES – In loving memory of Richard Henry Skewes, who died August 9, 1936. Inserted by his loving sister and brothers, Stella, Roy, Fred, and sisters-in-law, Muriel and Cassie, and brother-in-law, Ernie Earle.