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Richard Graveston served in the First World War (service no. 74519) and had lived in the Wharenui, Riccarton area during his early life.

Richard Graveston, his younger brother Norman and his parents were were all born in Kendal, Westmorland near the Lake District in England. Richard was born on 25 November 1897 and when he was 10 years old his family left London on board the New Zealand Shipping Line's boat 'Tongariro' on 9 July 1908 destined for Wellington, New Zealand. Richard's father Richard Clarkson had worked as a joiner in England but on the passenger list of the Tongariro stated his occupation as 'gardener'.

The family appear to have moved to Christchurch soon after arrival as Richard attended Woolston School from ( ). He attained standard four there before he was enrolled in the new Wharenui School on 31 March 1910. Here he reached standard six before leaving on 21 December 1911. Because he passed the national junior scholarship exam for a free year of education at a high school of his choice, Richard continued his education at Christchurch Boy's High School. In February 1914 the Canterbury College Committee granted Ricahrd a bursary of 7-10s to continue his education. At the end of 1914 he sat and passed the Public Service Entrance Examinations and also sat and passed the New Zealand university exams in matriculation, Solicitors' general knowledge and medical preliminary. He went on to study accountancy at Gilby's Commercial College in 1916, passing three of the five exams he sat in November that year. By 1917 he was working as a clerk for W. S. Godfrey in Christchurch.

Richard was also an enthusiastic participant in the sports and church spheres. He competed in rowing at Christchurch Boy's High, played rugby for the St Luke's Church choir team and hockey (third grade) for the Christchurch Hockey Club.


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Richard Harold Graveston

First Names:Richard Harold
Last Name:Graveston
Place of Birth:Kendal, Westmorland, England