George Richardson (VC)

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George Richardson
George Richardson VC IWM Q 67053.jpg
Born (1831-08-01)1 August 1831
Derrylane, Killeshandra, County Cavan
Died 28 January 1923(1923-01-28) (aged 91)
London, Ontario, Canada
Buried Prospect Cemetery, Toronto, Ontario
Allegiance  United Kingdom
Service/branch  British Army
Rank Sergeant
Unit 34th Regiment of Foot
Awards Victoria Cross

George Richardson VC (1 August 1831 – 28 January 1923) was born in Derrylane, Killeshandra, County Cavan the son of John and Anne Richardson. He became an Irish 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 27 years old, and a private in the 34th Regiment of Foot (later The Border Regiment), British Army during the Indian Mutiny when the following deed took place for which he was awarded the VC:

At Kewanie, Trans-Gogra, on the 27th of April. 1859, for determined courage in having, although severely wounded,—one arm being disabled,—closed with and secured a Rebel Sepoy armed with a loaded revolver.[1]

He emigrated to Canada and joined a Canadian army unit and achieved the rank of sergeant. He died London, Ontario, Canada on 28 January 1923.


  1. ^ "No. 22324". The London Gazette. 11 November 1859. p. 4032. 

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