James Cleland Richardson VC, 16th Battalion CEF

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    James Cleland Richardson VC, 16th Battalion CEF

    Post by Battalion Colours on Fri Oct 08, 2010 10:35 pm

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    James (Jimmy) Cleland Richardson VC (25 November 1895, Bellshill, Scotland - 8 or 9 October 1916) was a Canadian recipient of the Victoria Cross, the highest and most prestigious award for gallantry in the face of the enemy that can be awarded to British and Commonwealth forces.

    He was 20 years old, born in Scotland and a resident of Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada and then Chilliwack, BC. He was a Piper in the 72nd Seaforth Highlanders of Canada (he is shown wearing a Seaforth uniform above) and he proceeded overseas as part of the large Seaforth contingent of the 16th (Canadian Scottish) Battalion, Canadian Expeditionary Force, during the First World War when the following deed took place for which he was awarded the VC.

    During the Battle of the Ancre Heights on 8 October 1916 at Regina Trench, Somme, France, the company was held up by very strong wire and came under intense fire. Piper Richardson, who had obtained permission to play the company 'over the top' strode up and down outside the wire playing his pipes, which so inspired the company that the wire was rushed and the position captured. Later the piper was detailed to take back a wounded comrade and some prisoners, but after proceeding some distance he insisted on turning back to recover his pipes which he had left behind. He was never seen again.

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    Re: James Cleland Richardson VC, 16th Battalion CEF

    Post by Battalion Colours on Fri Oct 08, 2010 10:38 pm

    Piper Richardson's Bagpipes on display at the BC Parliament Buildings:

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