It relates to "Jock" Richardson of Miltoun House, Guisborough. He was in barracks in Newcastle, training for the Front, when he died of meningitis a few weeks before his twentieth birthday.
The lines, written by his great-uncle George Buchannan of Whitby, must echo the feelings of many families whose loved ones died in uniform, but not in action:
2nd Lieut. A. J. B. (Jock) Richardson
Obt. Jan. 4th, 1915
Not on the battle field, yet none the less
He died for England: in her hour of stress
And peril, his young life he freely gave,
And rests with honour in his quiet grave.