George Richardson, VC

Section 7, Lot 2751
Prospect Cemetery

Sergeant George Richardson, VC,  was born in Derrylane, Killeshandra, County Cavan, Ireland, the son of John and Anne Richardson in 1831 and enlisted with the 34th Border Regiment of the line in 1855. He won 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.