John Sherbrook Morris Richardson DSO, RN

Born  13 May 1907

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1 Sep 1927 A/S.Lt.
16 May 1928 S.Lt.
16 Feb 1930 Lt.
16 Feb 1938 Lt.Cdr.
30 Jun 1941 Cdr.
30 Jun 1949 Capt.

Retired: 7 Jul 1958


11 Feb 1941 DSO

Warship Commands listed for John Sherbrook Morris Richardson, RN

HMS Bulldog (H 91)Lt.Cdr.Destroyer14 Mar 193930 Apr 1940
HMS Kimberley (F 50)Lt.Cdr.Destroyer1 May 1940early 1942
HMS Venus (R 50)Cdr.Destroyer8 Dec 194316 Oct 1944

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Destroyer HMS Bulldog (H 91)

1 Sep 1939
On the outbreak of the Second World War HMS Bulldog (Lt.Cdr. J.S.M. Richardson, RN) was serving in the Mediterranean as aircraft guard ship for the aircraft carrier HMS Glorious (Capt. G. D'Oyly-Hughes DSO, DSC, RN).

21 Feb 1940
HMS Bulldog received orders to return to Dover to join the 19th DF.

18 Mar 1940
HMS Glorious (Capt. Guy D'Oyly-Hughes, DSO and Bar, DSC, RN) and HMS Bulldog (Lt.Cdr. J.S.M. Richardson, RN) received orders to remain in the Mediterranean.

Destroyer HMS Kimberley (F 50)

20 Oct 1940
The Italian destroyer Francesco Nullo was beached after a surface action with HMS Kimberley (Lt.Cdr. J.S.M. Richardson, RN) in the Red Sea. Kimberley was damaged by an Italian shore battery and had to be towed to Port Sudan. The damaged Italian destroyer was sunk the next day be the RAF.

12 Jan 1942
At 01.57 hours on 12 January 1942 German U-boat U-77 sighted two destroyers off Tobruk and fired at 02.38 hours a spread of four torpedoes of which one hit the stern of HMS Kimberley (Cdr. J.S.M. Richardson, DSO, RN). The explosion blew her stern off and immediately stopped the vessel, which was missed by a coup de gr?ce at 02.45 hours. The destroyer was towed to Alexandria by the British escort destroyer HMS Heythrop (Lt.Cdr R.S. Stafford, RN) and after temporary repairs towed in February 1942 to Bombay, India, where she was repaired and returned to service in January 1944.

2 Feb 1942 (position 0.00, 0.00)
HMS Kingston (Lt.Cdr. P. Somerville, DSO, DSC, RN) is docked in the Gabbari Dock at Alexandria. (1)

10 Feb 1942 (position 0.00, 0.00)
HMS Kingston (Lt.Cdr. P. Somerville, DSO, DSC, RN) is undocked. (1)


  1. ADM 53/116464

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