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William Thomas Rickard
Birth: Feb. 10, 1828
Death: Feb. 21, 1905

Crimean War Victoria Cross Recipient. Born in Stoke Damerel, England, he served as a Quartermaster in the Royal Navy. On October 11, 1855 in the Sea of Azov, Crimea, Quartermaster Rickard went with an officer of the ship HMS Weser and a Seaman to destroy large quantities of forage on the shore of the Sivash. After a difficult and dangerous journey they reached their objective and managed to ignite the fodder stacks. The shore guards were alerted and immediately opened fire and gave chase. The pursuit was so hot that the seaman, through fatigue, fell into the mud and could not extricate himself. Quartermaster Rickard, however, although himself exhausted, went back and assisted him. The three men finally reached their ship and later the look-outs reported that the fodder store had burned to the ground. For most prestigious gallantry, he was awarded the Victoria Cross by Commodore Johnstone in 1857. Remaining in the Royal Navy, he joined the Coastguard Service an retired as a Chief Officer of Coast Guards, in the 1870s. He died at the age of 77 in the Royal Infirmary Ryde, England. (bio by: John "J-Cat" Griffith) 
 
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  Rebecca Alice Whittingham (1839 - 1906)*
 
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Ryde Cemetery
Ryde
Isle of Wight Unitary Authority
Isle of Wight, England
 
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