THE PRO PATRIA PROJECT
RICHARDSON Harry McKellor White
SA1099, Lieutenant, 7th and 9th New Zealand Mounted Rifles
25/1215, Captain temp Major, New Zealand Rifle Brigade
800268, Home Guard, WW2

CITATION
Distinguished Service Order
Gazetted 1 January 1918, p29
Messines Offensive - 7th to 9th June 1917. Ploegsteert Operations 12th to 18th June.  Major Richardson as Brigade Major of this Brgade, has shown the greatest devotion to duty, and an utter disregard for danger at all times.  His work on reconnaissance during the offensive operations was of the greatest value to this Brigade.  During the 2nd phase of operations in the Ploegsteert sector, this officer reconnoitred forward positions continually under intense fire and brought back valuable information, the importance which cannot be over-estimated.  I consider he is worthy of special recognition for his valuable services.

Military Cross
Gazetted 1 January 1917, p46
Action:- Capture of Switch Trench and the advance on Flers - 14th September 1916, and following days.  As Brigade Major of the 2nd New Zealand Infantry Brigade, Captain Richardson has done excellent work, and expecially in reconnoitring forward positions.  He shows untiring energy in the performance of his duties.  He has a very good eye for the country, and is of great service to the brigade.  He has shown the greatest gallantry under heavy shellfire on three successive occasions whilst reconnoitring the enemy's position.

Mention in Despatches
Gazetted 28 December 1917, p13575
Mentioned in Field Marshal D. Haig's despatch of 7 November 1917 for distinguished and gallant service and devotion to duty during the period 26th February to midnight 20/21st September 1917.

AWARDS
Distinguished Service Order
Military Cross
Queen’s South Africa Medal
       Transvaal, Cape Colony, Orange Free State, South Africa 1901
British War Medal
Victory Medal
Mention in Despatches
War Medal 1939-45
New Zealand War Service Medal
New Zealand Long and Efficient Service Medal

NOTES
Born 24 September 1877, New Zealand
Died 10 September 1955, Blenheim, New Zealand