Captain and Acting Major, “D” Company 8th Battalion Gloucestershire Regiment.

Killed in action 20th July 1916, age 20.

Remembered on the Thiepval Memorial.

Student of chemistry.



Richard was born in 1895 at Weston-Super-Mare to Richard Haore and Lorna Byers and was educated at Brynmelyn School where he won cups for swimming and cricket. At the age of just 13 he took First-Class Honours in the Cambridge Locals and afterwards the Senior Oxford Locals. He came first in chemistry in England and took a first-class honours in mathematics and theology. He obtained the Somerset, Hothouse and Dalton Hall scholarships entering the School of Technology in 1913 to study chemistry. He continued to enjoy sports and won many medals during his time at Manchester University.

From 1913 to 1914 Richard was a member of the University Officer Training Corps. He enlisted in the Public Schools Battalion at the outbreak of war and obtained a commission in the Gloucestershire Regiment. He was quickly promoted to Lieutenant in November 1914 and appointed as the battalion Musketry Officer. He went to the front in July 1915. At the time of his death he had gained the rank of Captain and was an Acting Major. During the first day of the Battle of the Somme he was the Brigade Scout Officer for which he received the thanks of his Lieutenant-Colonel. He was killed by a shell whilst reconnoitring at Bazentin-le-petit on 20th July 1916. He was regarded by fellow officers as a fine company commander and his Sergeant Major wrote that the men had implicit confidence in him and would follow him anywhere.

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