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  • The Awards of E.Richards - HMS Kenya vs Bismarck
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The Awards of E.Richards - HMS Kenya vs Bismarck


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The Awards of E.Richards - HMS Kenya vs Bismarck

1914-15 Star (J. 3753, E. RICHARDS, L.S., R.N.); British War and Victory Medals (J. 3753 E. RICHARDS. P.O. R.N.); Naval General Service Medal, 1 Clasp - PALESTINE 1936-1939 (CD. GNR. (T). E. RICHARDS. R.N.); 1939-1945 Star; Atlantic Star; Africa Star; Defence Medal; and War Medal 1939-1945. Naming is officially impressed on the four medals indicated. Board mounted, most with original ribbons, extremely fine. Also includes a duotang folder with his military biography and eight ship photographs. Footnote: Ernest Richards was born February 18, 1893. At the outbreak of the First World War, he was a Leading Seaman, which would mean he joined the Royal Navy sometime around 1909. He closed out the war as a Petty Officer. As the service records of ratings remain restricted, it is not possible to know what ships he served on until he became a Warrant Officer. Therefore, he did not complete fifteen years service in the ranks by October 1, 1925 so he did not earn a RNLSGC Medal. His trade in the ranks was that of Torpedoman. He achieved two ranks between the wars: Gunner (T) (October 1, 1925) and Commissioned Gunner (T) (October 1, 1935). His post-war service saw multiple postings, including H.M.S. Ramillies (Battleship, 1926), Adventure (Minelayer, 1927, 1935), Montrose (Flotilla Leader, 1928), Mackay (Flotilla Leader, 1929, 1933), Comus (Cruiser, 1931), Stuart (Flotilla Leader, 1932) and Rodney (Battleship, 1935). With the onset of the Second World War in 1939, Richards was with H.M.S. Osprey, an Anti-Submarine School. By December 31, he was appointed to the Cruiser H.M.S. Kenya and during his stay, the Kenya earned multiple battle honours: Atlantic (1941), Norway (1941), Bismarck Action (1941), Malta Convoys (1940-1942) and Arctic Convoys (1941-1942). The greatest action he was involved in was the sinking of the German Battleship Bismarck on May 27, 1941 by the forces under Admiral Sir John Tovey, after a chase that lasted four days. On October 3, 1941, the Kenya sank the German U-Boat supply ship Kota Pinang, an ex-Dutch ship, in the North Atlantic. Later that year, on December 27, the Kenya led a force of British warships on a raid on Vagso, Norway, code-named Operation Archery. He did spend some time with H.M.S. Drake, the Gunnery School at Devonport in 1940 and achieved the rank of Lieutenant on February 18, 1943. From April 1943 through to October 1945, no other ships are mentioned in the Navy Lists. Richards retired on October 1, 1945. (BGR257)
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