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Nigel Richards (British Army officer)

Major-General Nigel William Fairbairn Richards CB CBE (15 August 1945 – 21 November 2019) was a British Army officer who commanded 4th Division.

Nigel Richards
Born(1945-08-15)August 15, 1945
DiedNovember 21, 2019(2019-11-21) (aged 74)
AllegianceUnited Kingdom United Kingdom
Service/branchFlag of the British Army.svg British Army
Years of service1965–1998
Commands held7th Regiment Royal Horse Artillery
5th Airborne Brigade
4th Division
Battles/warsBosnian War
AwardsCompanion of the Order of the Bath
Commander of the Order of the British Empire

Military careerEdit

Educated at Peterhouse, Cambridge,[1] Richards was commissioned into the Royal Artillery in 1965.[2] He was given command of 7th Regiment Royal Horse Artillery in 1983.[2] He was appointed Commander of 5th Airborne Brigade in 1989, Director of Army Staff Duties at the Ministry of Defence in 1991 and Chief of Combat Support for the Allied Rapid Reaction Corps in 1994 during the Bosnian War.[2] His last appointment was as General Officer Commanding 4th Division in 1996 before he retired in 1998.[2]

He died on 21 November 2019 at the age of 74.[3]


Military offices
Preceded by
Division Reformed in 1995
(Post last held by Anthony Denison-Smith)
General Officer Commanding the 4th Division
Succeeded by
Timothy Sulivan