Jack Calder - Ted Richards. KIA.

Running time
1 min 53 sec
Date made
Department of Veterans' Affairs


Ted Richards. Oh Ted and I... Ted... I was in the seven platoon of A company and Ted was in 8th platoon of A company and we had an affiliation where the day's work would finish, we'd go and have a beer or something like that and he was a West Australian actually, had completed an apprenticeship as an electrician and I was halfway through another one, but we seemed to stick together until I got taken POW and of course he went away and got his commission and eventually ended up... He got killed the last day of the battle of El Alamein.

The last day they'd been out on a reconnaissance, on the way back from the reconnaissance, a hidden sniper had got him. Funny thing about Ted, he had a brother in the battalion who was probably seven or eight years older than him and his brother got taken POW and he was with me most of the time and he was informed through the Swiss authorities that his brother had been killed. There was quite a few instances where that sort of thing happened.

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