Richard was the 2nd son of Henry and Mary Elizabeth Clephan, Henry and Mary were both born in Liverpool, by 1901 they lived at 13 Sycamore road, Birkenhead, the 1911 census show the family living at 84, Whitford road, Birkenhead, they had seven children.
The 1911 CENSUS shows Harold age 18 Apprentice Carver/Gilder, Richard James age 17 Commercial Clerk (provisions merchant) Annie Rosina age 16,William Henry age 13,Phyllis Mary age 11,Thomas age 8,Frank Herbert age 3
Richard’s name doesn’t appear in soldiers died; however his medal index card shows that he went to France on the 24th February 1915, arriving in Le Havre on the 25th. The 1/6th first major action took place on the 5th May 1915 when the Germans attacked Hill 60 during the second battle of Ypres, poison gas was used during the preliminary attack by the Germans facilitating the successful assault.
The 1/6th served on the Western Front for the duration of the war at some point Richard was back in England; he died from illness, Phthisis (tuberculosis) locally on the 16th April 1917 and is buried in Bebbington Cemetery. At present it isnt known when he returned to the UK; however the 1/6th took part in the following actions in 1916 it is quite possible that James took part in these before being taken ill.
Battle of Guillemont 4th-6th September 1916
Battle of Ginchy 9th September 1916
Battle of Flers-Courcelette 17-22 September 1916
Battle of Morval 25 -28 September 1916