Major Richard Abbot Sparkes

  • 1884 – 1918
  • 54th Sikhs (Frontier Force)
  • Died of influenza 2 November 1918 aged 34
  • Commemorated on the Karachi 1914-1918 War Memorial, Pakistan – this memorial commemorates the 568 men who served in garrisons and died in Pakistan (then India) during the First World War. They were originally buried in civil and cantonment cemeteries but it is now no longer possible to maintain their graves.
  • Born 3 April 1884
  • Nephew of Mr Richard Sparkes, Westbury House, Quarry Street, Guildford
  • Attended Abingdon School 1896 to 1903
  • The photograph shows him as the scorer for the Abingdon 1st cricket XI in 1900

From The Abingdonian July 1919

Capt. R A Sparkes, Indian Army, died recently of influenza in India. He came to the School as a boarder in 1896, and subsequently joined the Army, receiving a Commission in the Wiltshire Regiment, then stationed in India in 1905. From this he transferred to the Indian Army.