Richard Bradshaw (British Army officer)

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Sir Richard Bradshaw
Nickname(s) Dick
Born (1920-08-01)1 August 1920
Died 12 October 1999(1999-10-12) (aged 79)
Allegiance  United Kingdom
Service/branch  British Army
Years of service 1946–1981
Rank Lieutenant-General
Service number 371807
Commands held Commandant RAMC Training Centre
Director General Army Medical Services
Battles/wars Mau Mau uprising
Cold War
Awards Knight Commander of the Order of the British Empire (KBE)

Lieutenant-General Sir Richard Phillip Bradshaw, KBE (1 August 1920 – 12 October 1999) was a senior British Army officer and doctor. He served as Director General Army Medical Services from 1977 to 1981.[1]

Early life[edit]

Bradshaw was born on 1 August 1920.[2] He was educated at Newport High School, a comprehensive school in Newport, Wales.[2] He studied medicine at Westminster Hospital Medical School,[3] graduating in 1945.[2]

Military career[edit]

Bradshaw was commissioned into the Royal Army Medical Corps, British Army, on 9 November 1946 as a lieutenant.[4] He was promoted to captain on 9 November 1947.[5] On 24 November 1948, he transferred from an emergency commission to a short service commission.[6] He spent his early career working in pathology in various United Kingdom based military hospitals and had one short, overseas posting to Sri Lanka.[2] In 1950, he began a two-year posting to the War Office where he worked on laboratory policy.[2] On 26 July 1951, he transferred to a regular commission.[7] In 1952, he began the senior officers' course at the Royal Army Medical College, London.[2] He then qualified as a specialist in pathology.[2] He was promoted to major on 9 November 1954.[8]

In 1954, during the Mau Mau uprising, he was posted to the East Africa Command as a pathologist. During the posting he was also commander of the British military hospital in Nairobi.[2] In 1959, he was posted to Washington, D.C. as an exchange officer. There he worked at the Armed Forces Institute of Pathology.[2] He was promoted to lieutenant colonel on 9 November 1961.[9] From 1963 to 1966, he served as a research pathologist at the Chemical Defence Experimental Establishment, Porton Down.[2] In 1966, he was posted to the headquarters of the British Army of the Rhine as Assistant Director of Pathology.[2] On 9 November 1969, he was promoted to colonel.[10] From 1969 to 1971, he was Professor of Pathology at the Royal Army Medical College.[1]

Following his professorship, his career turned towards command and administration.[2] He served as Commanding Officer of the Cambridge Military Hospital, Aldershot Garrison from 1971 to 1973.[1] On 1 June 1973, he was promoted to brigadier.[11] From 1973 to 1975, he was Commandant of the RAMC Training Centre.[2] He was once more posted to West Germany when, on 6 July 1975, he was appointed Director of Medical Services, British Army of the Rhine and made an acting major general.[12] He was promoted to major general on 26 September 1975.[13] On 30 March 1977, he was appointed Director General Army Medical Services and promoted to lieutenant-general.[14] In the 1977 Queen's Birthday Honours, he was appointed Knight Commander of the Order of the British Empire (KBE).[15]

On 7 April 1981, he retired from the British Army.[16]

Later life[edit]

Following his retirement from the military, Bradshaw served on a number of management committees of philanthropic and charitable organisations.[2] His hobbies included bird watching and gardening.[2]

He died on 12 October 1999.[2]


  1. ^ a b c "BRADSHAW, Sir Richard Phillip (born 1920), Lieutenant General". Liddell Hart Centre for Military Archives. King's College London. Retrieved 1 February 2014. 
  2. ^ a b c d e f g h i j k l m n o p "Lieutenant-General Sir Richard Bradshaw". The Times. 20 October 1999. p. 23. 
  3. ^ "Court Circular". The Times. 7 October 1977. p. 16. 
  4. ^ "No. 37823". The London Gazette (Supplement). 17 December 1946. p. 6172. 
  5. ^ "No. 38156". The London Gazette (Supplement). 23 December 1947. p. 6131. 
  6. ^ "No. 38478". The London Gazette (Supplement). 10 December 1948. p. 6480. 
  7. ^ "No. 39318". The London Gazette (Supplement). 14 August 1951. p. 4542. 
  8. ^ "No. 40341". The London Gazette (Supplement). 30 November 1954. p. 6844. 
  9. ^ "No. 42508". The London Gazette (Supplement). 7 November 1961. p. 8092. 
  10. ^ "No. 44966". The London Gazette (Supplement). 14 November 1969. p. 11046. 
  11. ^ "No. 45997". The London Gazette (Supplement). 4 June 1973. p. 7008. 
  12. ^ "No. 46626". The London Gazette (Supplement). 8 July 1975. p. 8691. 
  13. ^ "No. 46698". The London Gazette (Supplement). 30 September 1975. p. 12234. 
  14. ^ "No. 47189". The London Gazette (Supplement). 4 April 1977. p. 4639. 
  15. ^ "No. 47234". The London Gazette (Supplement). 10 June 1977. p. 7085. 
  16. ^ "No. 48606". The London Gazette (Supplement). 11 May 1981. p. 6627. 
Military offices
Preceded by
Sir James Baird
Director General Army Medical Services
Succeeded by
Sir Alan Reay