George Richardson (Indian Army officer)
|Born||20 September 1847|
|Died||9 April 1931|
|Commands held||18th King George's Own Lancers(1892-1898)
Agra Brigade (1903)
Poona Division (1904-08)
|Battles/wars||Second Boer War|
|Awards||Knight Commander of the Order of the Bath
Companion of the Order of the Star of India
Companion of the Order of the Indian Empire
Lieutenant General Sir George Lloyd Reilly Richardson, KCB, CSI, CIE (1847–1931) served in the British Indian Army until he retired in 1909. He served across South East Asia, becoming a veteran of the Second Anglo-Afghan War and Boxer Rebellion, and later as commander of the Ulster Volunteer Force in Ireland.
Born in 1847, Richardson was the son of Major General Joseph Fletcher Richardson. In 1866 he joined the 38th (1st Staffordshire) Regiment of Foot; 1868, Hazara expedition; 1869, transferred to the British Indian Army; 1871, attached to the 18th King George's Own Lancers; 1879–1880, fought in the Second Anglo-Afghan War; 1881, Waziri expedition; 1890, Zhob Valley Field Force; 1892–1898, promoted to commander of the 18th King George's Own Lancers; 1897–1898, Flying Column, Kurram Valley, Tirah expedition; 1900–1901, Cavalry Brigade, China. Lead the final assault on Peking during the Boxer Rebellion; 1902, Hyderabad Contingent; 1903, Agra Brigade; 1904–1908, Poona Division; 1909, retired from the Indian army.
Sir George Richardson's military career however didn't end with retirement from the Indian army. In 1913 he agreed to command the then newly formed Ulster Volunteer Force, created to fight Irish Home rule, and oversaw the Larne gun-running. Sir George Richardson died in 1931.
- CIE: Companion of the Order of the Indian Empire - 1893
- CB: Companion of the Order of the Bath - 1898
- CSI: Companion of the Order of the Star of India - 24 July 1901 - in recognition of services during the campaign in China (Boxer Rebellion)
- KCB: Knight Commander of the Order of the Bath - 1909
- Bardon, Jonathan: A History of Ulster, page 439. The Black Staff Press, 2005. ISBN 0-85640-764-X
- Liddell Hart Centre for Military Archives, King's College London, University of London - Survey of the Papers of Senior UK Defence Personnel, 1900-1975
- History of the 19th King George's Own Lancers by General Sir H. Hudson
- The Project Gutenberg eBook, Ulster's Stand for Union, by Ronald McNeill
- The London Gazette: . 24 July 1901.