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Ferry, R.A., Dr., 1914-18
Driver Richard Arthur Ferry served in the Royal Field Artillery during WW1

Pauline Priano has submitted the following:-

Richard Arthur, younger brother of Walter Ferry, born 1897 at Kinley Hill also enlisted, December 3rd 1915, leaving his employment as an attendant at Ryhope Asylum. He requested, if possible, to be assigned to the Royal Army Medical Corp, however, he was first sent to the Army Reserve and later to the 3rd Battery Royal Field Artillery as Driver 12973 and departed for France December 27th 1916. Gassed and wounded, November 30th 1917, he was admitted to the 2nd General Hospital at Le Treport, France, suffering from gunshot wound and vomiting. Sent back to England he was admitted to the Sunderland War Hospital, January 2nd 1918 and later returned to his battalion R.F.A., in reserve at Newcastle upon Tyne, November 16th 1918. Driver 12973 Richard Arthur Ferry, awarded the British War Medal and Victory Medal, was discharged under Kingís Regulations 392 (XXVIII), on demobilisation, February 9th 1919, a matter of less than three weeks before the sad news of his brotherís death reached the family.

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