A.W.C., CB, DSO Richardson

Major General A.W.C. Richardson, CB, DSO

Died: 22nd July 1964

Alec Richardson joined the Army in 1907 and by 1913 was a Captain in the Beds. And Herts Regiment. Appointed Brevet Major in 1918, and served throughout World War 1 in in France and Italy, finally reaching the rank of Lieutenant Colonel. He was seconded to the Tank Corps in 1923 and was given his Brevet Lieutenant Colonelcy in 1927. The following year he became Officer in Charge of the Mechanical Warfare Experimental Establishment at Farnborough. He took over 4th Battalion Royal Tank Corps in Catterick for a year but then left the services to become Operating Manager of the London General Omnibus Company. In 1937 he was made Chief Welfare Officer to the London Passenger Transport Board.

On the outbreak of World War 2 he raised and commanded the 84th (London Transport) Anti-Aircraft Regiment, Royal Artillery, but soon went back to the Royal Armoured Corps to take command of 26th Armoured Brigade. He left in 1941 to become Deputy Director of Armoured Fighting Vehicles in the War Office. When General Pope went to Egypt he became the first Director of the Royal Armoured Corps, a post which he held until 1944. He retired in that year and was made Military Governor of Berlin District. He was Honorary Colonel of 484(M) H.A.A. Regiment, Royal Artillery from 1948 to 1955.

He was as popular with all of these units, civilian and military, based on a kind and lovable character with a magnetic personality and a ready sympathy.

He was a noted athlete in his youth and a first class sailor. For a time after the war he ran a sailing school.

Following a serious car accident he became blind and suffered many operations which he bore with characteristic courage and good humour.

He remained passionately interested in the Royal Tank Regiment and was particularly fond of the Old Comrades and regularly attended functions in Alton.

Obituary appears in Volume 46 of The Tank on page 347

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BRITISH WAR MEDAL 1914-18 (SILVER)

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