John Richards (Royal Marines officer)

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Sir John Richards
Born (1927-02-21)21 February 1927
Died 5 October 2004(2004-10-05) (aged 77)
Allegiance  United Kingdom
Service/branch RoyalMarineBadge.png Royal Marines
Years of service 1945–1981
Rank Lieutenant General
Commands held 45 Commando
42 Commando
3 Commando Brigade
Royal Marines
Awards Knight Commander of the Order of the Bath
Knight Commander of the Royal Victorian Order

Lieutenant-General Sir John Charles Chisholm Richards KCB KCVO (21 February 1927 – 5 October 2004) was Her Majesty's Marshal of the Diplomatic Corps in the Royal Household of the Sovereign of the United Kingdom from 1982 to 1991.

Military career[edit]

Educated at Worksop College, Richards joined the Royal Marines in 1945.[1] He was appointed Commanding Officer of 45 Commando in 1968, Commander of 42 Commando in 1972[2] and Commander of 3 Commando Brigade in 1975 before becoming Commandant General Royal Marines in 1977 and retiring in 1981.[1]

In retirement he became Her Majesty's Marshal of the Diplomatic Corps[3] in the Royal Household of the Sovereign of the United Kingdom from 1982 to 1991.[1]


In 1953 he married Audrey Hidson; they had two sons and one daughter.[1]


  1. ^ a b c d Debrett's People of Today 1994
  2. ^ Combat Zone
  3. ^ Catto, Henry E. (1998). Ambassadors at sea: the high and low adventures of a diplomat. University of Texas Press. p. 242. ISBN 978-0-292-71212-6. Retrieved 10 September 2010. 
Military offices
Preceded by
Sir Peter Whiteley
Commandant General Royal Marines
Succeeded by
Sir Steuart Pringle