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 Royal Marines
Years of service 1945–81
Rank Lieutenant General
Commands held Commandant General Royal Marines (1977–81)
3 Commando Brigade (1976–76)
42 Commando (1970–72)
45 Commando (1968–69)
Battles/wars Malayan Emergency
Aden Emergency
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 a Royal Marines officer who served as Marshal of the Diplomatic Corps in the Royal Household 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 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