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SCLI Memoir by - Nicholas Richardson - SCLI

 

Somerset & Cornwall Light Infantry

Aden

by Nicholas Richardson (Queen's Commendation)

Webmasters Foreword:

I am delighted to have located Nicholas Richardson, my thanks to Alan Wheeler and Dave Symes for their detective work, Nicholas is living in Norfolk, having spent a good many years in the Oil Industry, very often in dangerous places, but Nicholas has had a habit of coping with danger many times in his life.

In Aden he was the Intelligence Officers driver and was grenaded nine times, he is one of three soldiers honoured for gallantry in Aden, the others were Sgt. Bob Bogan BEM and Sgt. Peter Slade - Queen's Commendation.

In the citation, Pte. Richardson who was educated at St. John's Junior School and Selwood Secondary School Frome, is praised for " his courage in the face of terrorism and his devotion to duty". During the six months in Aden he was driver/operator and as driver to the Intelligence Officer in the regiment, they had to visit every incident and operation taking place in the Middle East trouble spot.

Most of the incidents occured in the hostile area of Sheikh Othman, in the July he drove to the scene of a grenade attack and set up a Command Post, and despite two more grenades being thrown, he carried on sending messages. In the August, four more grenade attacks were made while he was manning his radio, seriously damaging his Land Rover, altogether nine grenade attacks.

Nicholas joined the army in November 1962, he served in Berlin, Aden, Norway, Canada, Northern Ireland and Germany. For the time being I am showing his pictures but later on I am hoping Nicholas will write his own article of his service life.

I very much hope that in April 2006 we can all give him a warm welcome at the Taunton reunion that he is hoping to attend.

Grenaded nine times:
Private Nicholas Richardson is pictured being told of his award of the Queen's Commendation for outstanding devotion to duty. Until he arrived at Lyneham on March 2nd after five weeks training in Canada, he knew nothing of the award, "I'm overwhelmed that I was singled out" he said.
Letter from Lieut.General Sir David Peel Yates, KCB. CVC. DSO. OBE. - General Officer Commanding in Chief
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Nicholas with Terry Sweet

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