A Great War and long service group awarded to Chief Petty Officer R.R. Richardson, Royal Navy, a qualified leading torpedo operator, he served continuously from 1891 through to 1919, being awarded his long service medal whilst aboard the armoured cruiser Donegal in February 1908, he then went on to spent all of his active participation during the Great War aboard the armoured cruiser Berwick and serving with the 4th Cruiser Squadron on the North America and West Indies Station, being aboard her when she captured the German merchant ship, SS Spr

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A Great War and long service group awarded to Chief Petty Officer R.R. Richardson, Royal Navy, a qualified leading torpedo operator, he served continuously from 1891 through to 1919, being awarded his long service medal whilst aboard the armoured cruiser Donegal in February 1908, he then went on to spent all of his active participation during the Great War aboard the armoured cruiser Berwick and serving with the 4th Cruiser Squadron on the North America and West Indies Station, being aboard her when she captured the German merchant ship, SS Spreewald on 10th September 1914, and then patrolled for German raiders and escorted convoys.

Group of 4: 1914-1915 Star; (161798, R.R. RICHARDSON, C.P.O., R.N.); British War Medal and Victory Medal; (161798 R.R. RICHARDSON. C.P.O. R.N.); Royal Navy Long Service and Good Conduct Medal, EVII bust; (161798 R.R. RICHARDSON. P.O.1 CL, H.M.S. DONEGAL.), mounted swing style as worn.

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Robert Richard Richardson was born on 12th January 1875 in Walsall, Staffordshire, and having worked as an errand boy, then joined the Royal Navy as a Boy 2nd Class (Devonport No.161798) with Impregnable on 12th July 1891. Rated as a Boy 1st Class on 9th June 1892 and as an Ordinary Seaman on 12th January 1893 whilst aboard Lion, he was then rated as an Able Seaman whilst aboard Edgar on 11th August 1895.

A qualified torpedo mechanic from August 1895, he was serving aboard Magnificent when he was promoted to Leading Seaman on 23rd October 1899, being still aboard her when he promoted to Petty Officer 2nd Class on 2nd April 1900, and to Petty Officer 1st Class on 9th November 1900, and then qualified as a leading torpedo operator in July 1902.

Richardson was serving aboard the armoured cruiser Donegal when he was awarded the Royal Navy Long Service and Good Conduct Medal on 20th February 1908, and was then appointed to Acting Chief Petty Officer whilst with Defiance on 28th August 1912, before being promote to Chief Petty Officer whilst aboard Lancaster on 1st February 1913.

With the outbreak of the Great War, Richardson was serving aboard the armoured cruiser Berwick and serving with the 4th Cruiser Squadron on the North America and West Indies Station. She captured a German merchant ship, SS Spreewald, on 10th September 1914, and patrolled for German raiders and escorted convoys for the rest of the war. Richardson was however posted to Vivid I on 13th November 1915, followed by Defiance on 22nd December 1915, and then rejoined Berwick on 14th January 1916, before being posted to Vivid II on 20th August 1918. Posted back to Defiance on 12th September 1918, he rejoined Berwick on 1st January 1919 and saw service aboard her with the 8th Light Cruiser Squadron. Richardson was pensioned ashore on 3rd March 1919.