George Richardson VC

Richardson, George, VC

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George Richardson VC
Sgt. George Richardson VC

George Richardson VC 

Born 1 August 1831 Derrylane, near Killeshandra, Co. Cavan, Ireland

Died 28 January 1923 Westminster Hospital, London, Ontario 

Interred Prospect Cemetery, Toronto Veterans Section 7, Plot 2751

Sergeant George Richardson, VC,  was the son of John and Anne Richardson. In 1831 he enlisted with the 34th Border Regiment of the line in 1855.

He was awarded the Victoria Cross at Careworn, India on April 27, 1859 for saving the life of his commanding officer despite having suffered crippling injuries. “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.”
He was, in fact, recommended for the Victoria Cross on four separate occasions during the mutiny. He immigrated to Canada and joined a Canadian army unit and achieved the rank of sergeant. He died in London, Ontario, Canada on 28 January 1923.

He emigrated to Canada in 1862 and first settled in Montreal. In 1865, when it was thought that Fenians would invade Canada, he enlisted and served as a Sergeant in the Prince of Wales Rifles at Sandwich, Ontario. He was granted homestead land near Lindsay, Ontario by the state government for his military service.

In 1916 his house was destroyed by fire and Richardson then 85 carried his wife out; she died of shock. Richardson lost the partial sight of one eye due to burns. His original medals were lost in the fire and replaced by the War Office in 1918.

He placed Canada’s wreath on the tomb of the unknown soldier in Arlington Cemetery, Washington in 1921 and was a personal friend of the Canadian Minister of Defence Sir Sam Hughes.

He died of pneumonia aged 92 in Westminster Hospital, Westminster Township, London, Ontario on 28th January 1923 and was then the oldest living recipient of the Victoria Cross.

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I learned my love of “spirit walking” from my Mother, Barbara Ann Scott. My Mum was an avid genealogist who spent many days in cemeteries in Ontario, Quebec and Scotland. I joined my Mother on many of these research visits and found that I was really moved by some of the inscriptions, the dates and trends. I realized that much could be learned about the local history of an area by examining the cemeteries. I have continued to be inspired to visit cemeteries in communities even if I don’t know anyone who is interred there. I have stumbled upon former Canadian Prime Ministers, artists and athletes. I have also discovered many small communities and vanished villages near and far from home. This web site is about acknowledging the many great Canadians who shaped the Canada I know.

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