Arthur Richards, 1st Baron Milverton

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The Lord Milverton
GCMG
15th Governor of North Borneo
In office
1930–1933
Monarch George V
Preceded by Sir John Humphreys
Succeeded by Sir Douglas Jardine
16th Governor of Gambia
In office
12 April 1933 – 22 October 1936
Monarch George V
Edward VIII
Preceded by Sir Herbert Palmer
Succeeded by Sir Thomas Southorn
13th High Commissioner for the Western Pacific
In office
28 November 1936 – August 1938
Monarch Edward VIII
George VI
Preceded by Sir Cecil Barton (acting)
Succeeded by Sir Cecil Barton (acting)
14th Governor of Fiji
In office
28 November 1936 – August 1938
Monarch George VI
Preceded by Sir Cecil Barton (acting)
Succeeded by Sir Cecil Barton (acting)
47th Governor of Jamaica
In office
19 August 1938 – July 1943
Monarch George VI
Preceded by Charles Campbell Woolley (acting)
Succeeded by William Henry Flinn (acting)
5th Governor of Nigeria
In office
1943 – 5 February 1948
Monarch George VI
Preceded by Sir Bernard Bourdillon
Succeeded by Sir John Macpherson
Personal details
Born 21 February 1885
Bedminister, Bristol, England
Died 27 October 1978(1978-10-27) (aged 93)
Coz Green, Berkshire, England
Spouse(s) Noelle Bënda Whitehead (m. 1927-1978; his death)

Arthur Frederick Richards, 1st Baron Milverton GCMG (21 February 1885 – 27 October 1978), was a British colonial administrator who over his career served as Governor of North Borneo, Gambia, Fiji, Jamaica, and Nigeria.

Life[edit]

The son of William Rogers of Bristol, Richards was educated at Clifton College.

He served as Governor of North Borneo from 1930-1933[1] and of Gambia from 1933-1936. In 1936 he was appointed Governor of Fiji and High Commissioner of the British Western Pacific Territories, posts he held until 1938. He then served as Governor of Jamaica from 1938-1943, and as Governor of Nigeria from 1943-1948.

Honours[edit]

He was made a CMG in 1933, elevated to KCMG in 1935, and again to GCMG in 1942. In 1947 he was raised to the peerage as Baron Milverton, of Lagos and of Clifton in the City of Bristol.[2]

Family[edit]

In 1927, Richards married Noelle Bënda Whitehead (18 December 1904 – 11 September 2010),[3] daughter of Charles Basil Whitehead. He died in October 1978, aged 93, and was succeeded in the Barony by his eldest son Fraser Arthur Richard Richards.

References[edit]

  1. ^ Profile, worldstatesmen.org; accessed 14 April 2016.
  2. ^ "no. 38093". The London Gazette. 10 October 1947. p. 4753. 
  3. ^ "Lady Milverton". The Daily Telegraph. 24 September 2010. Retrieved 26 September 2010. 
Government offices
Preceded by
John Lisseter Humphreys
Governor of North Borneo
1930–1933
Succeeded by
Douglas James Jardine
Preceded by
Herbert Richmond Palmer
Governor of The Gambia
1934–1936
Succeeded by
Thomas Southorn
Preceded by
Sir Arthur George Murchison Fletcher
High Commissioner for the Western Pacific
1936–1938
Succeeded by
Sir Harry Charles Luke
Governor of Fiji
1936–1938
Preceded by
Charles Campbell Woolley, acting
Governor of Jamaica
1938–1943
Succeeded by
William Henry Flinn, acting
Preceded by
Bernard Henry Bourdillon
Governor of Nigeria
1943–1948
Succeeded by
John Stuart Macpherson
Peerage of the United Kingdom
Preceded by
New creation
Baron Milverton Succeeded by
Fraser Arthur Richard Richards