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Sketches in T.F. Richards’ Diaries – Part I The China Station 1906-1907

Posted by Stephen Bradley, on April 12th, 2023


This post presents a series of sketches taken from the superb diaries of T.F. Richards.

T.F. (Thomas Frederick) Richards, born in Scilly, joined the Royal Navy on the 8th January 1897, not long after his 21st birthday, as an Acting ERA (Engine Room Artificer) 4th class on the books of HMS Vivid II, the Stokers and Engine Room Artificers School in Devonport. Eight years later, in 1905, he was promoted to the warrant rank of Artificer Engineer. The First World War Medal Roll records him as Chief Engineer Artificer Thomas F. Richards, sent the ‘Pip, Squeak and Wilfred’ trio (1914/15 Star, British War Medal, Victory Medal) in 1920/21, when he was again on the books of HMS Vivid, at that time the RN barracks. At a later date he was promoted to officer rank.

We have published several other posts based on his diaries: Extracts from his diary covering a voyage from Colombo to Macao on HMS Kent, 1906; HMS Revenge at the Battle of Jutland; and Thomas Richards’ Illustrated Songbook, c.1946.

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