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Record Details for E.L Richardson (Royal Engineers)

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First Name: E.L
Initials: E
Surname: Richardson
Nationality: British
Rank: Temporary 2nd Lieutenant
Campaign Medals: Victory Medal
victory medalGiven the information we have available it is likely that E.L Richardson was entitled to the Victory medal, also called the Inter Allied Victory Medal. This medal was awarded to all who received the 1914 Star or 1914-15 Star and, with certain exceptions, to those who received the British War Medal. It was never awarded alone. These three medals were sometimes irreverently referred to as Pip, Squeak and Wilfred.

Eligibility for this award consisted of having been mobilised, fighting, having served in any of the theatres of operations, or at sea, between midnight 4th/5th August, 1914, and midnight, 11th/12th November, 1918. Women who served in any of the various military organisations in a theatre of operations were also eligible.
 
British War Medal
british war medalFrom the information available to us, it is very possible that E.L Richardson was entitled to the British War Medal for service in World War One. This British Empire campaign medal was issued for services between 5th August 1914 and 11th November 1918.

The medal was automatically awarded in the event of death on active service before the completion of this period.
Service: British Army
Regiment: Royal Engineers
Seniority Date: 17-Nov-17
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Royal Engineers during World War 1

Preparation for the Battle of Arras 1917
From October 1916 the Royal Engineers had been working underground, constructing tunnels for the troops in preparation for the Battle of Arras in 1917. Beneath Arras itself there is a vast network of caverns called the boves, consisting of underground quarries and sewage tunnels. The engineers came up with a plan to add new tunnels to this network so that troops could arrive at the battlefield in secrecy and in safety. The size of the excavation was immense. In one sector alone four Tunnel Companies of 500 men each worked around the clock in 18-hour shifts for two months.

UK Army List 1918

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