Major John Richards, Second in Command of 45 Commando RM, was appointed M.B.E. (Military Division) for gallant and distinguished service in Malaya during the period 1st January to 30th June, 1952 .
- 1951 Mentioned in Despatches for gallant and distinguished service in Malaya .
 London Gazette Supp. 39675, page 5527.
 National Archives file WO373/131/61.
 London Gazette Supp. 39361, page 5432.
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