Richard Ward (British Army officer)
|Sir Richard Ward|
|Years of service||1937 - 1976|
|Commands held||Westminster Dragoons
3rd Royal Tank Regiment
20th Armoured Brigade
Commander of British Forces in Hong Kong
|Awards||Knight Grand Cross of the Order of the British Empire
Knight Commander of the Order of the Bath
Distinguished Service Order
Ward was commissioned into the Royal Tank Corps in 1937. He served in World War II with 5th Royal Tank Regiment 1939 in the Western Desert and North Africa taking part in the Battle of El Alamein and the Battle of Tunis in 1942. He was Brigade Major with 4th Armoured Brigade during the Normandy Landings in France in 1944. He was appointed Commanding Officer of the Westminster Dragoons in 1945.
He served with 1st Royal Tank Regiment in Korea in 1952 before becoming Commanding Officer of 3rd Royal Tank Regiment in 1957. He was made Commander of 20th Armoured Brigade in 1963 and General Officer Commanding 1st Division in 1965. He went on to be Vice Adjutant-General in 1968 and Commander of British Forces in Hong Kong in 1970. His final post was as Chief of Personnel and Logistics at the Ministry of Defence from 1974; he retired in 1976.
|General Officer Commanding the 1st Division
Sir Basil Eugster
|Commander of British Forces in Hong Kong
Sir Edwin Bramall