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Philip Wigham Richardson

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Philip Wigham Richardson (c1865-1953) of Swan, Hunter and Wigham Richardson

1892 Retired from active participation in the management of Wigham Richardson; moved to London where he became a shipowner and underwriter at Lloyds[1]

1953 Obituary [2]

IT is with regret that we record the death of Lieutenant-Colonel Sir Philip Wigham Richardson, Bart., which occurred at his home at Weybridge on November 23rd.

Sir Philip, who was in his eighty-ninth year, was born in Newcastle upon Tyne on January 26, 1865, and after completing his education at Rugby School and King's College, Cambridge, he joined the shipbuilding company which his father had founded at Low Walker on Tyneside in 1859.

He was made a director in 1891 and continued to be a director after the amalgamation of his company with C. S. Swan and Hunter, Ltd., to form the shipbuilding and engineering company of Swan, Hunter and Wigham Richardson, Ltd.

During his association with the company he travelled extensively in search of orders and continued to serve as a director after he retired from the chairmanship of the company, a position which he occupied from 1945 to 1949.

He took an interest in politics, becoming a Member of Parliament for Chertsey in 1922, and continued to represent that division until he retired from Parliament in 1931.

His great hobby and lifelong interest was rifle shooting, competing at Wimbledon and Bisley for many years, and he was the author of several books on this subject.

He served during the 1914-1918 war and for his services towards improving the standard of musketry in the British Army was appointed an O.B.E. in 1919. Two years later he was knighted and was created a Baronet in 1929.

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Sources of Information

  1. Memoirs of John Wigham Richardson
  2. The Engineer 1953/12/04