Air Chief Marshal Sir Richard Edmund Charles Peirse
was born in 1892 as the oldest son of Admiral Sir Richard Peirse,
K.C.B.. K.B.E. He married the first time in 1915, had a son and a
daughter, but the marriage was later dissolved. He married for the second
time to Jessie Auchinleck, daughter of Alexander Stewart of
He was educated at Monkton Combe School, H.M.S. Conway and Kings College, London.
Served in the Great War in 1914-1918 (Distinguished Service Order, Air Force Cross).
After the war he was Deputy Director of Operations and Intelligence, Air Ministry 1930-1933,
Air Officer commanding the British Forces in Palestine and Transjordan in 1933-1936 and Deputy Chief of Air Staff in 1937-1940.
He became a Member of Air Council in 1939, a Vice-Chief of Air Staff in 1940 and Air Officer Commanding-in-Chief
Bomber Command in 1940-1942.
Later became Air Officer Commanding, India in 1942-1943 and Allied Air Commander-in-Chief, South East Asia Command in
Placed (retired) on reserve list in 1945.
He died on 5 August 1970.
His awards and titles include the Knight Commander of the Bath, created in 1940 (Companion of the (Order of the) Bath
1936), Distinguished Service Order 1915, Air Force Cross, Order of Polonia Restituta 1942, Knight Grand Cross of Orange Nassau 1943,
Commander Legion of Merit (United States), Special Necklet, Cloud and Banner, China and late R.A.F awards.