This research is dedicated to the memory of Sgt. Richard Buckerfield, M.M. 200265,
“C Coy”, 1/4th Battalion, East Yorkshire Regiment. He joined the Territorial’s at Londesborough Barracks, Hull in 1914. When war was declared, he soon signed up for overseas duty; landing at Boulogne, France, on the 17 April 1915.
He was wounded, when the regiment was immediately sent to stop the German advance on Ypres. This was the first time the enemy used gas, resulting in heavy casualties included the loss of Lieut-Col Shaw and two senior officers. Richard and his regiment where involved in the three German Spring Offensives of 1918. He was awarded the Military Medal, for bravery in the field, in 1918.
Due to the heavy losses in the Battle of Aisne (3rd Offensive), on the 27th May 1918. The 1/4th EYR could not continue as a fighting unit. The regiment then became a Cadre, and ended the war as a training unit for (mostly) the new American troops.
Richard was one of only 6 soldiers (No Officers), who were with the 1/4th from landing in April 1915 to be serving with the regiment at the end of the war.
Richard Buckerfield died in Hull, in1965.
Like many who survived, he never wanted to tell of his terrible war experiences to his family. This, as everybody knows, still happens to the present day soldier.
My special thanks to Richard`s son, the late Richard Henry Buckerfield, who gave me the inspiration and help to start this project.