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Richard Samuel Steatham, with Olive,
and his mother Elizabeth Steatham
[Nee Sheldon [Nee Smith]]

Copyright 2010 - Nigel James Wright.

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Richard Samuel Steatham.
(23-Sep-24 to 28-Jul-44).

A summary of his life

Richard was born on the 23 September 1924, at 417 Darlaston Road, Walsall, and was baptised on the same day at St Johns, Pleck.

His parents were James Arthur Steatham (1874-1950) and Elizabeth [Nee Sheldon [Nee Smith]].

James Arthur Steatham was a son of Joseph Steatham (1850-1929), who was a son of Joseph Steatham (1806-1889), who was one of Robert Steatham's surviving sons.

So Richard Samuel Steatham was a Great Great Grandson of Robert Steatham.

He had two brothers and five sisters.

Richard Samuel Steatham with Olive.

Copyright 2010 - Nigel James Wright.

This is the photo of Richard and Olive.


Richard Samuel Steatham.

Copyright 2010 - Nigel James Wright.

This is the photo of Richard aged about 16, in his Auxilary Fire Service uniform.


Richard Samuel Steatham.

Copyright 2010 - Nigel James Wright.

This is the photo that Richard's sister, Florence Emily Steatham carried in her Identity papers wallet, all through the war.

Richard Samuel Steatham's marriage.

Copyright 2010 - Nigel James Wright.

Richard married Olive Beckett on the 7th March 1944, at St Johns Church, Pleck, Walsall, Staffs.

Newspaper report of his death.
His death was reported in the Walsall Observer Front Page 12-Aug-1944, with a photo of Richard, which said:-

Married only three months ago, the wife of Pte. Richard Samual Steatham, who lives with her parents at 27 Bassett Street Walsall has been notified that he had fallen in action while serving in Normandy. His parents live at 417 Darlaston Road Pleck. Only 19 years of age.

Pte. Steatham joined the army in December, 1942, having been previously employed in the L.M.S. Goods Department at Darlaston. He is an old boy Hillary Street School.

An elder brother, Sapper John William Steatham, is in Italy with the Royal Engineers and has been serving abroad for about 15 months.

Richard Samuel's Grave - straight after his death.

Copyright 2010 - Nigel James Wright.

Richard is the only Steatham recorded as being killed while serving in the armed forces.

His army number was 14376672, 5th Batt South Staffs Regiment, and his buried at Fontenay-Le-Pesnel, Tessel, France. - Grave Number III B 13.


The village of Fontenay-le-Pesnel lies 16 kilometers west of Caen on the main road (the D9) towards Caumont l'Evente. The cemetery is 1 kilometer south-east of the hamlet of St Martin (on the D139 to Grainville); on reaching a large memorial to the 49th (West Riding) Division, turn down the track opposite the memorial which leads directly to the cemetery.

Richard Samuel's Grave - as it looks now.

Copyright 2010 - Nigel James Wright.

Historical Information:

The Allied offensive in north-western Europe began with the Normandy landings of 6 June 1944. Fontenay-le-Pesnel War Cemetery contains the graves of men who died in the fighting to the west and south-west of Caen in June-July 1944.

There are particularly large numbers of graves of the South Staffordshire, East Lancashire, Royal Warwickshire Regiments, and the Durham Light Infantry. The cemetery contains 460 Commonwealth burials of the Second World War.

There are also 59 German graves.

There was another Steatham who served in the 1914-18 War, but his named was recorded incorrectly as Streatham in the records, but this now been corrected.

George Steatham (RS) (1885-1917)

George Steatham, born 1885, died in 1917. He is the only Steatham to have died as a result of his World War I service.

Also he is the only Steatham to have is name mis-spelt (Streatham) on his gravestone!

Read more on how I have contacted the Commonwealth War Graves Commission to get this obvious mistake corrected.    All Rights Reserved.