Richard was born at Sohihill in Warwickshire, England.
He married Lilliam Feltham (born at Swndon, Wiltshire, England) at Wellington in 1906.
They had one son & one daughter. Both were born in Levin.
Richard started as a clerk in Wellington. He then came to Levin as an estate agent in a firm called "H & S Land Agency".
He moved (briefly) to Paraparaumu but was back in Levin as a fruit farmer in Hokio Beach Rd by 1919.
By 1946 he had retired to live at Paekakriki.