George Richardson (Indian Army officer)

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George Richardson
Gen. Sir Geo. Richardson.jpg
Born 20 September 1847
Died 9 April 1931
Allegiance  United Kingdom
Service/branch Flag of the British Army.svg British Army
Rank Lieutenant-General
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.[1]


Born in 1847, Richardson was the son of Major General Joseph Fletcher Richardson.[2] 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.[2]

He was appointed Colonel of the 18th King George's Own Lancers from 1 January 1906 until 1921, then the 19th King George's Own Lancers from 1921 until his death.[3]

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.[4] Sir George Richardson died in 1931.


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