03 August 2008

Victoria Cross: A. H. L. Richardson


Sergeant, Lord Strathcona's Horse, Canadian Forces

Born: 23 September 1872, Southport, Lancashire
Died: 15 December 1932, Liverpool

Citation: On the 5th July, 1900, at Wolve Spruit [South Africa], about 15 miles north of Standerton, a party of Lord Strathcona's Corps, only 38 in number, came into contact, and was engaged at close quarters, with a force of 80 of the enemy.
When the order to retire had been given, Sergeant Richardson rode back under a very heavy cross-fire and picked up a trooper whose horse had been shot and who was wounded in two places and rode with him out of fire.
At the time when this act of gallantry was performed, Sergeant Richardson was within 300 yards of the enemy, and was himself riding a wounded horse.

[London Gazette issue 27229 dated 14 Sep 1900, published 14 Sep 1900.]

Note: Sgt Richardson was the first member of the Canadian forces to be awarded the Victoria Cross.

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