After his discharge from the army Richard served with the Merchant Navy. He entered the Merchant Marine Reserve (whereby a number of officers and men of the Merchant Marine agreed to serve with the Royal Navy under the terms of T.124 agreements, which made them subject to Naval discipline while generally retaining their Merchant Marine rates of pay and other conditions.)
The medal roll below records his medal entitlement (source: national archives)
|Tr = trimmer ST = star, V= victory B=British Mr=how the medal was issued (Mother?) I.C etc = Index casualty number|
The newspaper report below is from the London Times 27/3/1916. Richard is listed under 'specially entered Mercantile crew'
English: HMS Alcantara engages the German raider Grief on 29 February 1916, in the North Sea. Both ships sank.
|Source||The Times History and Encyclopaedia of the War Vol XXI, London 1920 (p.127) via archive.org|