(Service number 6 /4111)
|First Rank||Private||Last Rank||Private|
|Date||7 May 1892||Place of Birth||Kerrytown, SC|
|Date||17 November 1915||Age||23|
|Address at Enlistment||Kerrytown|
|Previous Military Experience||2nd SC Regt, D Coy|
|Next of Kin||W. Naughton (father), Kerrytown, Canterbury, New Zealand|
|Medical Information||6ft 1in, 163lbs, dark complexion, grey eyes, dark brown hair|
|Served with||New Zealand Armed Forces||Served in||Army|
|Body on Embarkation||New Zealand Expeditionary Force|
|Unit, Squadron, or Ship||10th Reinforcements, Canterbury Infantry Battalion, C Company|
|Date||4 March 1916|
|Transport||HMNZT 47 Willochra or HMNZT 48 Tofua|
|Embarked From||Wellington, New Zealand||Destination||Suez, Egypt|
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|Last Unit Served With||Canterbury Infantry Regiment|
|Service Medals||British War Medal, Victory Medal|
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Hospitals, Wounds, Diseases and Illnesses
|Date||16 October 1916||Age||24|
|Place of Death||United Kingdom from France|
|Cause||Died of wounds|
|Notices||Timaru Herald 20 Jan 1917|
|Memorial or Cemetery||Oxford (Botley) cemetery,Oxfordshire,U.K.|
|New Zealand Memorials||On Memorial wall, Timaru; Pleasant Point War Memorial; Albury Football Club Roll of Honour (spelt Norton); Mackenzie War Memorial, Fairlie, 2016 additions|
Richard Naughton was born at Kerrytown on 7 May 1892, the sixth son of William and Annie Naughton.
He enlisted on 17 November 1915, at that time working as a ploughman for PL Wareing of Fairlie, and gave his previous address Kerrytown. He was described as single, Roman Catholic, 6ft 1in, 163lbs, of dark complexion, with grey eyes, and dark brown hair. He was attached to the 10th Reinforcements, Canterbury Infantry Battalion, C Coy and embarked for Suez and Egypt at Wellington on 4 March 1916. He disembarked at Suez on 10 April 1916, but immediately re-embarked for France on 13 April and was attached to the strength in Etaples, France on the 24th. Naughton’s time at the front was short. He was wounded in action on 1 October 1916 with a gunshot wound to his back and put onto the hopital ship Maheno for England on 5 October. He was admitted to hospital in Oxford on 8 October, but died of his wounds on 16 October 1916.
Richaed is buried at Botley Cemetery, Oxford, England. His will had named his sister, Miss K. Naughton of Kerrytown as his legatee.
Auckland War Memorial Museum Cenotaph Database (August 2013); Commonwealth War Graves Commission website (http://www.cwgc.org/); NZ Defence Force Personnel Records [June 2021]
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Maree Bowen, SC branch NZSG; Carol Bell, SC branch NZSG
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