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Lt Richard Langley, Back from the Dead.
Lt Richard Langley enlisted in the 4th Yorks Battalion when the War First started, at the age of just 17. He was 2790 Private Langley.
He was commissioned on the 9th December 1915, but was too young to go to France until 1916.
The following cuttings from the North Eastern Daily Gazette, dated the 3rd and 4th of October 1916, show that his parents received a letter from his Commanding Officer to say that he was missing in action and had to be presumed dead.
By this time he had probably been transferred to another Battalion of the Yorkshire Regiment, as the CO named in the letter was not in the 4th Yorks in 1916.
Lt Langley's Medal Card shows the he had in fact been taken prisoner and survived, although with some disability as the Medal Card also shows that he was awarded the Silver War Badge in 1919.
His parents must have been overjoyed to receive in December 1916 the messages shown below that he was alive and a POW.
[All information and newspaper cuttings have been kindly contributed by Ray Wilkins of Middlesbrough.]

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