As a family we moved to experience life and for job opportunities. Rich went to primary school in Victoria, PNG, QLD and Tassie. He spent his secondary school years at Launceston Church Grammar School as both a day boy and then a boarder.
To say Rich enjoyed sport is an understatement; he loved sport! He was a busy person and was always keen to kick a ball, hit a ball, bounce a ball, chase a ball,……. I think you have the picture.
Richard was good at building things and wanted to do a trade after leaving school. Actually he was good at pulling things apart and probably needed to learn how to rebuild them! A trade with some adventure thrown in sounded like him. His father Ros had been a Navy doctor so the ADF seemed like the perfect place for him.
Rich signed on to do an ARMY Electrical Apprentiship in mid 2007. During his initial training the lure of the Combat Engineer Corp was too great and he swapped over to become a SAPPER. His next stop was Robertson Barracks outside Darwin and there he met a new bunch of mates plus lovely Dannielle.