Saturday 11 August 2018

John S. Richardson and the R34 airship

John Smith Richardson was my paternal grandfather, He was born plain John Richardson in Lanarkshire, Scotland in 1880, but his grandmother's maiden name, Smith, was added later, giving him the same full name as his father. He was best known by his nicknames, Jock, Jake or Scotty. He married my grandmother, Elizabeth Mary "Bessie" McDearmid, in Glasgow in 1908, and they had two sons, my father, also named John Smith Richardson, and the younger Edward James "Ted" Richardson.

His proudest period was when he played a key roll in the construction of the famous R34 airship:


More on his interesting life can be found HERE