Their bodies are buried in peace; but their names liveth for evermore.
Their Duty Done
A tribute to the men and women of the East Gippsland Region who Died as a result of their participation in World War One : 1914 - 1919
4316 Private Richard Samuel Sutton – Delvine Park / Fernbank Killed in Action 25 July 1916
….. left a four year old daughter behind
Richard, who was born at Carlton in 1886, was the only child of Richard and Dinah Sutton. His mother died just four years later and while it is not known where Richard grew up or how he came to be in East Gippsland by 1911 he married Maud Sheean. Maud was a native of Coongulmerang and they were living and working at Delvine Park, Fernbank later that year. It was here that they raised there only daughter Iris and it was from here that he enlisted on 5 August 1915 when he was 29 years old. He sailed from Melbourne on the Demosthenes on 29 December 1915 after training in Egypt he sailed on to Marseilles on the Translavania in April 1916. On 25 July he was variably listed as being “wounded in action”, “wounded and missing” and “killed in action” and buried in the vicinity of Pozieres. Richard Sutton is another of the East Gippsland men who was recovered after the war and buried at Delville Wood Cemetery, Longueval. Just as he had lost his mother when four years old, so his daughter, Iris, lost her father at the same age. We have been unable to locate a photograph of Private Richard Sutton, if you know of one, please make contact. Our group would appreciate your assistance.