Richard Line was born in 1897 to Richard and Ruth Line of North Kensington, London. Richard went on to reside in Notting Hill Gate, London before enlisting.
Richard enlisted in Oxford and Bucks Light Infantry (13765) and joined the 7th Battalion that became the Duke of Edinburgh’s Wiltshire Regiment (14432). The battalion was stationed on the Balkan front where during 1917 there was comparatively little activity on the British part of the front in Macedonia,
The main fighting took place around Lake Doiran, where the line was adjusted several times by each side early in the year.
Richard was killed in action during the Salonika Campaign in the First Battle of Doiran 24 April 1917, age 20. The 7th Battalion launched an attack on the fortress of Grand Couronne, coming up against overwhelming fire and unbreached wire.
Richard was one of about 314 casualties. British forces gained a considerable amount of ground in April and resisted strong counter-attacks.
Richard and his brother Ralph are remembered on Thame war memorial. Richard is also remembered on All Saints honour board and commemorated on the Dorian Memorial, Greece.