May 3, 1920 (Norwalk, CT) – April 21, 1942; 21 years old; unmarried
Last local address: Silvermine Avenue, Norwalk
Service number: 31104368
2ND TRAINING SQUADRON, TROOP C
Private Ireland died in his sleep at Fort Riley, Kansas.
From The Norwalk Hour April 4, 1922
Private Richard Ireland, 21, the son of Mr. and Mrs. Herbert P. Ireland of Silvermine Avenue, inducted into the Army little more than three weeks ago, died in his sleep on Monday night at Fort Riley, Kansas according to word received yesterday by his family from the War Department. Word of Private Ireland’s death came as a shock to his family, as they had received a letter from him on Monday in which he had reported he was feeling fine. The War Department telegram gave no details of the young soldier’s death. Private Ireland was inducted into the Army from this city on Saturday, April 4. He spent a few days at the reception center at Fort Devens, Massachusetts, and was then transferred to Fort Riley, the Army’s cavalry center. The young soldier was graduated from Norwalk High School in June 1940. He was employed as a plater in the front shop of C. and K. before his induction. Surviving are his parents and two sisters, Miss Dorothy Ireland and Mrs. Howard Smith, all of this city, as well as one nephew.
Richard is buried at Lakeview Cemetery, New Canaan, CT; Section L, Plot 33.