Richard Bullock MM
242048 1st Kings Own Royal Lancaster Regiment
Died of Pnuemonia 25th March 1919, aged 32
Lived at 15 Towneley Street
Buried in Wheatley Lane Inghamite Cemetery, UK
Express 29th May 1920
My dear lady
I was very happy to receive
your letter, also the souvenir of my dear Richard. If only he could know
that I was able to correspond with his dear parents, he would be so happy.
You said my letter came as a big surprise to all in learning that he had
a fiancée. In effect because Richard told me that he didn’t
want to write to you, but that he was waiting with joy to return home
to surprise you with the news that he finally made his choice in Belgium
and he was hoping to return if possible at the end of July.
I thank you very much for your good intentions, for you told me that I
would have been welcomed by you all, if ever that could have happened,
you could have got to know me and known that I was all that he wanted
and that I’m honest and from a very honourable family.
Richard was for me, my first and unique fiancé. He wanted to write
a few times to tell you that I loved him, but that was impossible because
Richard was too proud, he was an angel on earth. He came to my home everyday
from 7 to 10 at night and almost all day Sundays. How happy he was when
he was with my family and close to me, he loved us all, we loved each
other so much. He had a happy and amusing character, always a smile on
his lips and knew French well enough and he even taught me some English,
enough so that we could speak easily.
Our dear lady, we loved each other with a sincere love, as my Richard
would have at this instant, and now all I have as consolation is his dear
photograph that I look at without ceasing and I can’t believe that
he that I loved with all the power of my soul will never return. My parents
are deeply saddened because they loved him like a real son and his memory
will stay with us eternally.
Accept dear lady and all your family, my most respectful salutations.
I have permitted myself
to correspond in french, because for me it is easier. I must not remain
a stranger. Richard said that he had a nephew who could do the translating.
Madeleine Adolphine Dubois was born on the 22nd April 1890 in Morlanwelz,
Belgium, she was the daughter of Vital and Adlophine Garin. She later
married Georges Pourbaix (a painter) on the 1st July 1922. They lived
at 8 Montoyer Street in Morlanwelz .
Madelaine died on the 28th February 1975
The Burnley News, Saturday, March 29, 1919. pg.
3. (photo of Sergt.
Richard Bullock with the article)
SUCCUMBS TO PNEUMONIA FOUR DAYS AFTER ARRIVAL HOME.
Mrs. Bullock and family, of Granville street, Briercliffe,
have suffered a sad blow this week by the death of Sergt. Richard Bullock,
who returned home on Saturday last after serving in France from
February 1917 to that time, with a break which he was wounded at Paschendale
Ridge. He was suffering from a cold when he arrived home, and took to
bed on Sunday, and Dr. Donaldson was called on Monday. However, acute
pleurisy had set in, followed by pneumonia, and he passed away on Tuesday
morning. Sergt. Bullock, who was 32 years old, spent the first 22 years
of his life at Brierfield, and was well known in sporting circles, being
a member of the old Brierfield Cycling Club, and of the Brierfield Swifts
Football Club. While at Brierfield he was a weaver at Whitehead's Mill.
He was a keen homing fancier. Below is a copy of a congratulatory message
received by him from his Brigadier-General:-"The Major-General, 4th
Division, has received a report of the good work and devotion to duty
of 242048, Corpl. (since made Sergt.) R. Bullock, 1st King's Own (R.L.)
Regt., and he wishes to congratulate him on his fine behaviour."
Prior to joining up in April, 1916, Sergt. Bullock was a weaver at Walshaw
Mill. The internment takes place to-day (Saturday) at Wheatley Lane.