BULL, Richard Henry

1910 - 1944

Richard Henry Bull, was born at Woolwich, Kent on 21 August 1910, only son of Henry Bull (20 January 1873), captain in Royal Australian Army, and his wife Constance Mary née Sopper (13 March 1873-11 June 1943), who married at St George’s Hanover Square, London in 1906, Richard was a brother of Constance Helen Bull. In 1911, Richard was living at Houghton Hill, Huntingdon with his parents, 38 year old Henry, born Sydney, New South Wales and 27 year old Constance, born Herne Hill, Surrey with sibling sister Constance, and they retained six indoor servants. By 1924 the family had moved into Levington Hall, near Ipswich, Suffolk. He obtained his B.A. degree at Cambridge and admitted a solicitor in 1936. A painter of birds in watercolour, and a member at the Ipswich Art Club 1932-1935 and exhibited from Levington Hall in 1932, two watercolours ‘Pigeon’ and ‘Sheldrake’ and in 1934 ‘Jay’ and ‘Grouse’. In 1939, a solicitor, living at 30 Hans Road, Kensington, London, also living at this address were author & journalist Amelia Defries (12 December 1882-1945) and Jenny D. Thorne (1888-1947), reader for publishers & theatre manager, who was a widow. On 25 January 1940, commissioned from the Royal Fusiliers into the Foot Guards of the Scots Guards, being awarded the Military Cross in 1943 and, as a Major in the Scots Guards, was killed in action at Anzio, Italy on 30 January 1944, aged 33, when his parents were living at Upper House, West Burton, Pulborough, Sussex.