Liardet joined the Lancashire Artillery in 1899. He transferred to the Lancashire and Cheshire Royal Garrison Artillery in 1905 and served in World War I. He became Commander of the Lancashire and Cheshire Coast Brigade of the Royal Artillery in 1919, Commander of 106 Lancashire Yeomanry Brigade, Royal Field Artillery in 1923 and Commander of 64 (7 London) Field Brigade, Royal Artillery in 1925. He went on to be Commander Royal Artillery for 47th Division in 1934 and Commander 1st London Division in 1938. He served in World War II as Inspector General of Aerodrome Defence from 1941 and Director General of Ground Defence at the Air Ministry and Commandant-General of the RAF Regiment from 1942 to the end of the War.
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