BULL, Richard Henry

1910 - 1944

Richard Henry Bull, was born at Woolwich, Kent on 21 August 1910, only son of Henry Bull (born 20 January 1873), captain in Royal Australian Army, and his wife Constance Mary née Sopper (13 March 1873-1975), who married at St George’s Hanover Square, London in 1906, a brother to Helen Constance Bull [q.v.]. 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. 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 reader for publishers & theatre manager Jenny D. Thorne (1888-1947), who was a widow. Awarded the Military Cross 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 West Burton, Sussex.