A requiem mass was held at St Augustine’s Abbey for Richard Shirburne Weld-Blundell, a 2nd Lieutenant in the 7th Battalion, King’s (Liverpool) Regiment who died on 1st January 1916 at 19 Albion Street, Ramsgate. According to his death certificate the cause was “Injuries to the brain caused by a fall – accidental death”.
A former pupil of St Placid’s school in Mildred Road, Ramsgate, Richard had emigrated with his brother to British Columbia but had returned to fight when war broke out. He left a widow and a newborn infant daughter.
His body was later taken to Ince-Blundell in Lancashire for interment in the family vaults. Richard also has a memorial window in the family church at Ince Blundell with the inscription:-
“PRAY FOR THE SOUL OF RICHARD SHIRBOURNE WELD-BLUNDELL WHO DIED WHILE SERVING WITH THE KING’S LIVERPOOL REGT. AT RAMSGATE JAN 1ST 1916, AGED 28”