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Reginald Bazalgette Richardson

My grandfather on my mother's side was Reginald Bazalgette Richardson. He was known as "R. B." In his later life he lived in Halifax, Nova Scotia. He was married to Bea M. Irvin. RB's parents were James Forman Richardson and Margaret H. Strachan.

Perhaps his middle name came from a family friend. I have RB's book "Collections of the Nova Scotia Historical Society" Vol. 30 1954. On page 220 there is a mention of a Col Bazalgette appears to have given a talk on Cooperative Building. My grandfather has written in: "A Capt. Reginald Bazalgette died in India about 1930." I don't know if RB knew for whom he was named or if he was just looking.

Any light on the subject would be appreciated. Thanks. Philip Richardson Reck

Hello Philip,

I saw somewhere on the web during one of my Bazalgette trawls that RB was born on 28 May 1877 and his father was James Forman Richardson b. 12 Sep 1826, d. 16 Feb 1904 in Halifax NS. So the Reginald in India may not be relevant. However, Col John Bazalgette was a prominent army officer in NS for many years as well as serving two terms as acting Governor General. He also had business interests such as in steel and coal. It is likely that James had some contact with him at some point. If you have seen a baptism record it might show John or one of his many sons as godfather?
There was also a fictional Reginald Bazalgette who appears in Charles Reade's books.

Regards,
Charles Bazalgette