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Sir Richard Stafford Cripps

Sir Stafford Cripps

Born in 1889, Sir Richard was exposed to politics from a young age – his father was a Conservative MP.

At the outbreak of the First World War, Sir Richard was recovering from a breakdown. Instead of joining the forces, he became a lorry driver for the Red Cross in France.

He returned to politics in 1929, joining the Labour Party and becoming a minister in Ramsay MacDonald’s Labour government the following year.

As British Ambassador to the Soviet Union between 1940-1942, Sir Richard played a key role in bringing Russia and Britain together as allies. He became Chancellor in 1947. He died in 1952, aged 62.

Forename:
Richard Stafford
Surname:
Cripps
Address:
1 Essex Court, Temple, EC4
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Age when engaged:
25
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Previous engagement:
Boulogne
Rank at engagement:
Driver
Date of engagement:
23/10/1914
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Date of termination:
09/1915
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Department:
Stamped 'The British Red Cross Society Motor Ambulance Department'
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Honours awarded:
1914 Star
Vad cards:
VAD card 1
VAD card 2

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