SUMNER (SUMMER) Richard

Richard SUMNER (SUMMER)

Sumner
GEZAINCOURT COMMUNAL CEMETERY EXTENSION

The war memorial shows the name Richard Summer, it is believed that this should read Sumner.  Richard is shown on the Queensbury roll as living at Low Fold farm.

The 1911 census records that he was born in Liverpool in 1895 making him 16 years old. He was living as a boarder at Willow Hall farm, Clayton Heights, also recorded at that address are William and Elixa Senior, their adopted daughter Florence Healey who was aged 25 and George Sumner, from the details given George and Richard were twins.  Although living on a farm, both brothers were working in the mills as was Florence. Unfortunately, 1901 census returns have not been found for any of those named on the 1911 census.

Richard married Florence Healey in spring 1915, it is presumed that this is Florence the adopted daughter shown above.  The CWGC records show Mrs F Sumner as living at the same address as that on the village roll.

Serving in “D” Battery of the 121st Brigade, Royal Field Artillery, Richard died of wounds on 19th July 1918 he is buried at GEZAINCOURT COMMUNAL CEMETERY EXTENSION (I. O. 1).

His grave bears the inscription: “Someday, some time I shall understand when I meet my husband in the better land”.