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Old 2 June 2008, 03:26 AM   #1 (permalink)
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Flt Lt G A Richardson

A serving RAF officer Flight Lieutenant Gurth Alwyn Richardson was killed in an ambush at Brandon, County Cork 10th October 1920.

He was born 5th June 1890 the second son of Mr T W Richardson MRCS Eng and Mrs Richardson. Prior to the war he was carrying out cable and wireless work in the Amazon.

During the war he served in the RNAS. On 12th May 1917 during an operation by monitors to bombard the lock gates at Zeebrugge, Officer Lieutenant G A Richardson was Gun-layer in Sopwith 1 1/2 Strutter N5154 Firefly of 2 Naval Sqn along with pilot Flight Sub-lieutenant N Von L Tapscott. This machine was on standby wireless duty for ranging the monitors guns, the attack was delayed and their machine was heavily fired upon suffering engine failure and the pilot being put out of action. Richardson managed to bring the machine down in Dutch territory at Cadzand. Tapscott and Richardson were both interned in Holland for the rest of the war.

After his return from Holland he served as an inspector of Wireless Stations and in 1920 was engaged in erecting and maintaining wireless telephone stations in Ireland.

His funeral took place in Norwich during 1920 with a RAF escort from Pulham Air Station. Amongst the RAF officers attending the service was Squadron Leader A W Tedder (later Marshal of the RAF Lord Tedder).
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