AVES, Richard

No.TF/203346, Private, Richard AVES
Aged 40

1st Battalion, Middlesex Regiment
formerly 1st/7th Battalion
Killed in Action on Wednesday, 17th April 1918

Richard Aves was born in West Row (Mildenhall Q2-1878 4A:604), son of James and Harriet AVES (née WATTS).

1881 census...Aged 3, he was at West Row with his father James AVES [36] farm labourer; his mother Harriet [34]; sisters Mary Ann [11], Ellen [7] and Susan [5]; brother George [3 months]. All were born in West Row.

1891 census...Aged 13, house boy, he was at Mildenhall Road, West Row with his parents; brother George, sisters Annie [7] and Sarah [5] and cousin Frederick [9 months]. The new children were all born in West Row.

1901 census...Aged 23, he was at Main Street, West Row with his parents, sister Sarah and cousin Frederick.

On 20th November 1903, in Cambridge, he married Caroline Louisa GOLDING [1-10-1876].

1911 census...Aged 34, he was at 13 Terrace Lane, Cambridge with his wife Caroline Louisa [35] born Girton, and their daughter Winifred Mary AVES, born Cambridge 20th November 1903. His parents were still living in West Row, near the Post Office, with his brother Frederick.

His widow was still at 13 Terrace Lane on the pension card.

Resident in Cambridge, he enlisted in Bury St.Edmunds on 11th December 1915, No.8157, Middlesex Regiment. He gave his age as 38, was 5 feet 9.5 inches (176.5 cm)tall, chest 38" to 40" (96.4 to 101.6 cm), weighing 130 lbs (59 kg) and a Wesleyan, occupation horsekeeper, address 13 Terrace Lane, Cambridge.
He was placed on the Reserves and mobilised at No 203346 in the 1st/7th Middlesex Regiment. He is recorded as having a gunshot wound to back and right thigh on 26th June 1916 which is strange since he was not mobilised until 1917 !
Embarking on 11th April 1917 in Folkestone for Boulogne he was transferred to the 1st Battalion on 27th April 1917. His Army records have him as died of wounds and also killed in action. It does seem that the various pages are for the same man.
His widow was awarded a pension of one pound and five pence per week for herself and their daughter.

On the 17th April the battalion were just to the north of theMeteren- Bailleul road, effectively in support of the French. The war diary has:-
"During the early morning the RAF (who had only been formed on 1st April), reported that the French troops were on their final objective S of METEREN and accordingly patrols were sent into METEREN to ascertain the truth of the statement. These patrols were fired upon by the enemy and the fact that the French were on the N of village was established but the following officers were killed.....our casualties up to 12 noon were 1 officer killed, 4 wounded and 60 other ranks killed or wounded.
At 11:05 Bn HQ at farm R.33.b.4.6. moved to RIFLE BUTTS at R.32 central on account of shelling and returned at 2:30 pm. During the afternoon and evening the situation became quieter and the shelling diminished.

Richard Aves is commemorated on the Tyne Cot Memorial, panel 113 to 115
and originally on Mildenhall war memorial

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