Raymond Richardson

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Raymond William Richardson, CB, QHC[1] (16 October1909; 11 August 1968)[2] was a Church of England priest and former Royal Navy chaplain. He was Chaplain of the Fleet, Director General of the Naval Chaplaincy Service and Archdeacon for the Royal Navy from 1963[3] to 1966.[4]

The son of The Rev William Archibald Richardson, sometime incumbent of St. Peter's Church, Ennisnag, Kilkenny,[5] Richardson was educated at Magdalen College School, Oxford and Trinity College, Dublin. He was ordained deacon in 1935 and priest in 1936.[6] He served curacies at Ardamine and Queenstown. He married Jocelyn Carroll in 1939:[7] they had three sons. As a Naval chaplain he served aboard HMS Victory, HMS Resolution, HMS Osprey, HMS Swiftsure, HMS Heron, HMS Gannet, HMS Ocean, HMS Condor, HMS Peregrine, HMS Victorious, HMS Vernon and then at HM Dockyard, Portsmouth.[8]


  1. ^ London Gazette
  2. ^ Obituary. The Reverend Raymond William Richardson, C.B. The Times (London, England), Tuesday, Aug 13, 1968; pg. 8; Issue 57328
  3. ^ Ecclesiastical News. The Times (London, England), Friday, Jan 11, 1963; pg. 12; Issue 55596
  4. ^ Chaplain Of The Fleet. The Times (London, England), Wednesday, Dec 01, 1965; pg. 14; Issue 56493
  5. ^ Crockford's Clerical Directory 1929-30 London: Oxford University Press, 1929
  6. ^ Crockford's Clerical Directory1947-48 Oxford, OUP,1947
  7. ^ Marriages. The Times (London, England), Monday, Jun 19, 1939; pg. 17; Issue 48335
  8. ^ ‘RICHARDSON, Rev. Raymond William’, Who Was Who, A & C Black, an imprint of Bloomsbury Publishing plc, 1920–2016; online edn, Oxford University Press, 2014 ; online edn, April 2014 accessed 27 May 2017