Frederick Albert Richardson

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Commander (retired) Frederick Albert Richardson, D.S.C., R.N. (25 November, 1884 – 11 April, 1951) was an officer in the Royal Navy who demonstrated an aggressive tenacity in anti-submarine operations.

Life & Career

Richardson entered the navy through the Supplementary List, demonstrating a skill in mechanical drawing and Hindustani which impressed Captain Luard enough to elicit a strong recommendation for promotion to Lieutenant. Richardson was promoted to the rank of Lieutenant on 1 April, 1913.

Richardson was appointed in command of the patrol boat PC 60 on 20 June, 1917.[1] He distinguished himself early. On 26 July 1917, P.C. 60 severely damaged UB 23 with depth charges, obliging her to seek refuge at Corunna, Spain, on 29 July, where she was interned for the duration of hostilities.[2] This action earned Richardson the D.S.C.. On 15 August, he again attacked an enemy submarine in concert with P 67, earning a Mention in Despatches.

Richard attacked a third submarine on 25 May, 1918, earning yet another Mention in Despatches.

Richardson was appointed in command of the destroyer Tintagel on 3 January, 1921.[3]

Richardson was promoted to the rank of Lieutenant-Commander on 1 April, 1921.

In 1922, Richardson was awarded the Royal Humane Society's Bronze Medal and Certificate for saving the life of an able seaman who had fallen in from Revenge at Plymouth.

Richardson was placed on the Retired List at his own request at the rank of Commander on 15 February, 1927.

See Also

Naval Appointments
Preceded by
Charles D. Burney
Captain of H.M.S. Velox
13 Mar, 1915 – 23 Mar, 1915
Succeeded by
Frank Pattinson
Preceded by
Cecil R. E. W. Perryman
Captain of H.M.S. Osprey
1 Jul, 1916[4] – Jun, 1917
Succeeded by
Alexander MacRae
Preceded by
New Command
Captain of H.M.S. PC 60
20 Jun, 1917[5] – early Oct, 1920
Succeeded by
Preceded by
Rowland K. C. Pope
Captain of H.M.S. P38
7 Oct, 1920 – 3 Jan, 1921[6]
Succeeded by
Stanley F. W. Laidlaw
Preceded by
John H. Jauncey
Captain of H.M.S. Tintagel
3 Jan, 1921[7] – 24 Feb, 1922
Succeeded by
Philip G. Wodehouse
Preceded by
John M. Porter
Captain of H.M.S. Wolverine
Apr, 1922[8] – Jul, 1925[9]
Succeeded by
Cyril J. H. Hill
Preceded by
Hamilton E. Snepp
Captain of H.M.S. Vortigern
21 Dec, 1925 – 1926
Succeeded by
Frederick A. Richardson
Preceded by
Frederick A. Richardson
Captain of H.M.S. Vortigern
1926 – 30 Dec, 1926
Succeeded by
Charles W. T. V. S. Lepper
Preceded by
Henry A. Simpson
Captain of H.M.S. Vivien
1926 – 1926
Succeeded by
Richard F. Jolly


  1. The Navy List. (February, 1919). p. 860.
  2. page on UB 23.
  3. The Navy List. (January, 1921). p. 875.
  4. The Navy List. (December, 1916). p. 396i.
  5. The Navy List. (February, 1919). p. 860.
  6. Erroneously entered as 3.1.20 in his service record.
  7. The Navy List. (January, 1921). p. 875.
  8. The Navy List. (July, 1924). p. 290.
  9. Hill Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/53/153. f. 152.