Corporal Richard Somers Tate

Date of Birth c 1886
Age at Death 28
Date of Death 18 December 1914
Service Number
Military Service Honorable Artillery Company
Merton Address 117, Worple Road, Wimbledon
Local Memorial Wimbledon Parish Church

Additional Information

Born in June 1886, Richard was the son of William and Flora Tate. The couple also had an older son, Harry, plus two older daughters, Mary and Elizabeth, both of whom became teaching assistants.
The family lived at 117, Worple Road, Wimbledon.

Having completed his education, Richard became an unauthorised clerk at the Stock Exchange. In 1909 he enlisted with the Territorial Force and his existing military training meant that he was able to join the Honourable Artillery Company soon after the outbreak of war. Part of the British Expeditionary Force, Richard and his comrades were sent to help with the defence of Belgium in 1914 and took part in the First Battle of Ypres (10 October – 22 November 1914).

After just a few months on active service, Richard was killed on 18 December, at a place called Kemmel not far from Ypres. He was buried in Loker Churchyard, south- west of Ypres and his name also appears on a monumental inscription at Wimbledon Parish Church.


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