Claude Liardet

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Sir Claude Liardet
The Royal Air Force Regiment, 1942-1945. CH5916.jpg
Major General Liardet, Commandant of the RAF Regiment, inspecting a contingent of the Regiment in London.
Born (1881-09-26)26 September 1881
Died 5 March 1966(1966-03-05) (aged 84)
Allegiance United Kingdom
Service/branch Territorial Army
Years of service 1899–1945
Rank Major General
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)
Territorial Decoration
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.

Early life[edit]

Claude Liardet was born on 26 September 1881, the son of Commander Henry Maughan Lairdet of Her Majesty's Indian Navy. He was educated at Bedford School.[1]

Military career[edit]

Liardet joined the Lancashire Artillery in 1899.[2] 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.[1][2] 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.[2][3]

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.[1][2][3][4] 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.[1][2][5]

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.[1][2][6]

Business career[edit]

Liardet was a director of the Lloyd's of London insurance brokers Bevington, Vaizey, and Foster Ltd.[1]

Family life[edit]

Liardet married, firstly, on 11 January 1906, Dorothy Hopper, daughter of Dr A.R. Hopper. They had two children:[1]

He married secondly, on 25 May 1928, Dorothy Clare Borrett, OBE, daughter of Admiral George Holmes Borrett. They had one child:[1]

  • John Borrett Liardet.

Claude Liardet died in 1966.[2]



  • 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.
  • Mead, Richard (2007). Churchill's Lions: a biographical guide to the key British generals of World War II. Stroud (UK): Spellmount. ISBN 978-1-86227-431-0. 
  • Smart, Nick (2005). Biographical Dictionary of British Generals of the Second World War. Barnesley: Pen & Sword. ISBN 1844150496. 

External sources[edit]

Military offices
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GOC London Division
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Post redesignated 1st London Division
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GOC 1st London Division
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Post redesignated 1st London Division
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GOC 56th (London) Infantry Division
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Montagu Stopford
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Commandant-General of the RAF Regiment
Succeeded by
Alfred Robinson