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Richard Luard
Born (1827-07-29)29 July 1827
Died 24 July 1891(1891-07-24) (aged 63)
Allegiance Canada
Service/branch Canadian Militia
Rank Lieutenant-General
Commands held General Officer Commanding the Militia of Canada
Battles/wars Crimean War
Second Opium War
Awards Companion of the Order of the Bath

Lieutenant-General Richard George Amherst Luard, CB (29 July 1827 – 24 July 1891) was a British Army officer who became General Officer Commanding the Militia of Canada.

Military career

Born the eldest son of Lieutenant-Colonel John Luard and educated at the Royal Military Academy Sandhurst, Luard was commissioned into the 51st Regiment of Foot in 1845.[1] Later that year he transferred to the 3rd Regiment of Foot.[1] In 1854 he transferred to the 77th Regiment of Foot and served in the Crimean War as a Deputy Assistant Adjutant-General: he was mentioned in despatches for his part in the Siege of Sevastopol.[1] He served in the Second Opium War taking part in an expedition to China in 1857.[1] In 1860 he was appointed Assistant Inspector of Volunteers[1] and in 1875 he was made Assistant Adjutant and Quartermaster-General for the Northern District in England.[1]

In 1880 he became General Officer Commanding the Militia of Canada.[1] He sought to introduce permanent infantry training schools but also upset Adolphe-Philippe Caron, the Minister of Militia and Defence, through his constant criticism of amateur soldiers.[1] He was asked to resign and, in 1884, returned to England to command a Brigade at Aldershot Garrison.[1]


Luard was married on 8 October 1863 to Hannah Chamberlain.[2] They had seven children including Edward Bourryau Luard (1870–1916), who achieved the rank of Lieutenant Colonel in the King's Shropshire Light Infantry and was killed near Ypres in the First World War.[3][4]


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Military offices
Preceded by
Edward Selby Smyth
General Officer Commanding the Militia of Canada
Succeeded by
Sir Frederick Middleton

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