|Sir Claude Liardet|
Major General Liardet, Commander in Chief of the RAF Regiment, inspecting a contingent of the Regiment in London.
|Born||26 September 1881|
|Died||5 March 1966(aged 84)|
|Years of service||1899–1945|
|Commands held||RAF Regiment (1942–45)
56th (London) Infantry Division (1940–41)
64th (7th London) Field Brigade RA (1929–33)
106th (Lancashire Yeomanry) Brigade RFA (1922–27)
Lancashire and Cheshire Coast Brigade RA (1919–22)
|Battles/wars||First World War
Second World War
|Awards||Knight Commander of the Order of the British Empire
Companion of the Order of the Bath
Distinguished Service Order
Mentioned in Despatches (4)
|Other work||Director of Bevington, Vaizey, and Foster Ltd|
Major General Sir Claude Francis Liardet, KBE, CB, DSO, TD, DL (26 September 1881 – 5 March 1966) was a businessman and long-serving artillery officer in Britain's part-time Territorial Army before becoming the first Commandant General of the RAF Regiment.
Liardet joined the Lancashire Artillery in 1899. He transferred to the Lancashire and Cheshire Royal Garrison Artillery in 1905 and served in the First World War, during which he was mentioned in despatches four times and awarded the Distinguished Service Order. He became Commanding Officer (CO) of the Lancashire and Cheshire Coast Brigade of the Royal Artillery in 1919, and CO of the 106th (Lancashire Yeomanry) Brigade, Royal Field Artillery in 1923.
In 1929 Liardet became CO of 64th (7th London) Field Brigade, RFA, serving in 47th (2nd London) Division and in 1934 he was promoted to Commander Royal Artillery (CRA) of that division. When the 47th Division was disbanded in 1936 he transferred as CRA to 56th (1st London) Division. Liardet was promoted to command the 56th Division in the rank of major general in 1938, and held that post during the early part of the Second World War.
In 1941 Liardet was appointed Inspector General of Aerodrome Defence and Director General of Ground Defence at the Air Ministry. In 1942 he became Commandant-General of the RAF Regiment until the end of the war, when he retired.
Liardet married, firstly, on 11 January 1906, Dorothy Hopper, daughter of Dr A.R. Hopper. They had two children:
- John Borrett Liardet.
Claude Liardet died in 1966.
- Burke's Peerage, Baronetage and Knightage, 100th Edn, London, 1953.
- Lt-Col H.F. Joslen, Orders of Battle, United Kingdom and Colonial Formations and Units in the Second World War, 1939–1945, London: HM Stationery Office, 1960/Uckfield: Naval & Military, 2003, ISBN 1843424746.
RAF Regiment established
|Commandant-General of the RAF Regiment