Arthur Herbert Lindsay Richardson
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|Arthur Herbert Lindsay Richardson|
|Born||23 September 1872
|Died||15 December 1932 (aged 60)
|Buried at||St James's Cemetery, Liverpool|
|Years of service||1900 - 1902|
|Battles/wars||Second Boer War|
|Other work||Royal Canadian Mounted Police officer|
Arthur Herbert Lindsay Richardson VC (23 September 1872 – 15 December 1932) was a British 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.
Born in Southport, Lancashire, in 1872, Richardson emigrated to Canada in 1891. After a period as a rancher he joined the North-West Mounted Police in 1894. At the outbreak of the Second Boer War in 1900 he joined the newly raised Strathcona's Horse.
Richardson was 27 years old, and a sergeant when the following deed, for which he was awarded the VC, took place:
On the 5th July, 1900, at Wolve Spruit, 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.
Richardson was the first soldier to be awarded the Victoria Cross for actions committed while serving with a Canadian unit under British command.
He re-joined the NWMP in 1902 and served until ill health forced him to retire in 1907. After his wife's death in 1916, Richardson returned to Liverpool and died there in 1932.
- Kenneth Grad (2008-10-30). "Effective Leadership in Counter-Insurgency: The North-West Mounted Police in South Africa, 1899-1902". Canadian Military Journal. Retrieved 2013-01-25.
- The London Gazette: . 14 September 1900. Retrieved 2 December 2009.
- Monuments to Courage (David Harvey, 1999)
- The Register of the Victoria Cross (This England, 1997)
- Victoria Crosses of the Anglo-Boer War (Ian Uys, 2000)
- Liverpool VCs (James Murphy, Pen and Sword Books, 2008)
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