O.B.E. (Civil Division) Gazetted 31 Dec 1960: Richard Waddell, Esq., formerly State Engineer, Selangor, Federation of Malaya." Richard Waddell was born in Burntisland, Fife and educated at George Heriot's School, Edinburgh. On graduating, Waddell worked in the London, Midland and Scottish Railway until 1936 when he entered a career in the Malayan Public Works Service as State Engineer.
During WWII Waddell served as a Major in the Royal Engineers and escaped the Japanese invasion in a sampan that island-hopped by night through the Indonesian chain until being picked up by the Australian Navy. After the war, he married hospital matron, Iris Mary Denyer, in Taiping, China on 16 Mar 1946 before returning to Malaysia and appointed Head of Public Works in Kuala Lumpur. From 1964 until his retirement in 1972, Waddell became State Engineer to the Public Works Department in the State of Brunei, recieiving many accolades including the Honorary Johan Mangku Negara Setin Mahkota Selangor, the Most Honourable Order of the Crown of Brunei and the Most Distinguished Order of Paduka Seri Laila Jasa in Brunei, retiring in Durban.
Straits Times Jan 1958: "The Sultan of Selangor, who is also the Deputy Paramount Ruler, pins the Selangor Meritorious Service Medal on Mr Richard Waddell, Selangor State Engineer, at a ceremony at the Istana Bukit Kota, Klang. Mr Waddell, who has been in the Malay Government service for 21 years, has served in Selangor for about 7 years and has been closely associated with many of the State's major projects on housing, roads and water supplies. Mr Waddell was on leave during the Sultan's birthday celebrations last June."