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Sir Richard Anderson
Born (1907-04-28)April 28, 1907
Died September 4, 1979(1979-09-04) (aged 72)
Place of birth Chelsea, London, England
Allegiance  United Kingdom
Service/branch  British Army
Years of service 1927–1965
Rank Lieutenant-General
Service number 38648
Unit King's Own Royal Regiment (Lancaster)
Commands held 1st Battalion, King's Own Royal Regiment
2nd Infantry Brigade
17th Gurkha Division
British Forces in Malaya
Middle East Land Forces
Northern Ireland Command
Battles/wars Arab revolt in Palestine
World War II
Awards Knight Commander of the Order of the Bath
Commander of the Order of the British Empire
Distinguished Service Order
Mentioned in dispatches
Other work Director, Civil Defence for Wales, 1965–1968

Lieutenant-General Sir Richard Neville Anderson KCB CBE DSO (28 September 1907 – 4 September 1979) was a senior officer of the British Army who served in World War II and later achieved high office in the 1960s.

Military career

Born in Chelsea, London, on 28 April 1907, the son of Colonel Sir Neville Anderson, Anderson was educated at Tonbridge School and the Royal Military College, Sandhurst. After passing out from Sandhurst, he was commissioned as a second lieutenant into the King's Own Royal Regiment (Lancaster) on 1 September 1927.[1][2] Anderson served with the 2nd Battalion, King's Own throughout most of the interwar period and was promoted to lieutenant on 1 September 1930,[3] and captain on 28 December 1936.[4] From 30 March 1937 he served as his battalion's adjutant,[5] which was deployed to Palestine the following year, where it was stationed during the Arab revolt in Palestine, and commanded for most of this time by Lieutenant Colonel Neil Ritchie, who was succeeded in August 1939 by John Hardy. For his services in Palestine Anderson was mentioned in dispatches on 15 September 1939.[6]

He served in World War II, initially still as battalion adjutant until returning to England in April 1940, where he became Deputy Assistant Military Secretary at the War Office. From May to September 1940 he served as brigade major[7] with the 199th Infantry Brigade, part of the 55th (West Lancashire) Infantry Division.[8]

In 1944 he was made Commanding officer (CO) of the 1st Battalion, King's Own Royal Regiment (Lancaster), commanding it in the Italian Campaign where he was awarded the Distinguished Service Order for leading an attack on the village of Montone, which was successfully taken with only 28 casualties (including 5 KIA) compared to 105 Germans (20 KIA, the rest taken prisoner).[9] Later, he was promoted to brigadier and became commander of 2nd Infantry Brigade, part of the British 1st Infantry Division, in the Italian Campaign.[7]

After the Second World War he returned to Palestine and then became General officer commanding (GOC) 17th Gurkha Division in 1955.[2] He was General Officer Commanding Overseas Forces in Malaya in 1957 and then Vice Adjutant General at the War Office from 1958.[2] He was appointed General Officer Commanding-in-Chief Middle East Land Forces in 1960 and General Officer Commanding-in-Chief Northern Ireland Command in 1963; he retired in 1965.[2]

From 1959 to 1966 he was Regimental Colonel of the 10th Princess Mary's Own Gurkha Rifles.[10]

He lived at Tarrant Keynston House near Blandford in Dorset.[11] In 1942 he married Dorrie Norah Wybergh and with her had two sons.[7]

Honours and awards


  1. "No. 33308". 2 September 1927. p. 5675. 
  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 2.3 "King's Collections : Archive Catalogues : Military Archives". King's College London. Archived from the original on 31 July 2007. Retrieved 27 August 2015. 
  3. "No. 33640". 2 September 1930. p. 5425. 
  4. "No. 34363". 26 January 1937. p. 557. 
  5. "No. 34386". 6 April 1937. p. 2197. 
  6. "No. 34684". 15 September 1939. p. 6330. 
  7. 7.0 7.1 7.2 "World War II unit histories & officers". Retrieved 27 August 2015. 
  8. "Major General Richard Neville Anderson CB CBE DSO". King's Own Royal Regiment Museum, Lancaster. Retrieved 29 January 2018. 
  9. "King's Own Royal Regiment Museum". Archived from the original on 4 March 2016. Retrieved 27 August 2015. 
  10. "10th Princess Mary's Own Gurkha Rifles". Archived from the original on 10 January 2006. Retrieved 13 February 2017. 
  11. Decision under the Commons Registration Act 1965.

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Military offices
Preceded by
Lancelot Perowne
GOC 17th Gurkha Division
Succeeded by
Jim Robertson
Preceded by
John Hardy
Colonel of the King's Own Royal Regiment (Lancaster)
Succeeded by
Regiment consolidated to form the King's Own Royal Border Regiment
Preceded by
Michael Roberts
Colonel of the 10th Princess Mary's Own Gurkha Rifles
Succeeded by
Sir Peter Hunt
Preceded by
Sir Roger Bower
C-in-C Middle East Land Forces
Succeeded by
Sir Charles Harington
Preceded by
Valentine Blomfield
Colonel of the King's Own Royal Border Regiment
Succeeded by
Sir William Scotter
Preceded by
John Hackett
GOC British Army in Northern Ireland
Succeeded by
Desmond Fitzpatrick

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