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 William Ratcliffe

William Ratcliffe

Birth
Liverpool, Metropolitan Borough of Liverpool, Merseyside, England
Death 26 Mar 1963 (aged 80)
Liverpool, Metropolitan Borough of Liverpool, Merseyside, England
Burial Allerton, Metropolitan Borough of Liverpool, Merseyside, England
Memorial ID 10833932 · View Source
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World War I Victoria Cross Recipient. Born in Liverpool, England, he served as a Private in the 2nd Battalion, South Lancashire Regiment, British Army. During the Battle of Messines, France, on June 14, 1917, after a German trench had been captured, Private Ratcliffe located an enemy machine gun which was firing on his comrades from the rear. He single-handed on his own initiative, rushed the machine gun position and bayoneted the crew. He then brought the gun back into action in the front line against the advancing enemy. For most prestigious gallantry, he was awarded the Victoria Cross by King George V at Buckingham Palace on September 26, 1917. After being discharged in 1919, he worked on the the Liverpool docks until he retired in 1956. He died at the age of 79.

Bio by: John "J-Cat" Griffith


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  • Maintained by: Find A Grave
  • Added: 22 Apr 2005
  • Find A Grave Memorial 10833932
  • Find A Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com : accessed ), memorial page for William Ratcliffe (21 Mar 1883–26 Mar 1963), Find A Grave Memorial no. 10833932, citing Allerton Cemetery, Allerton, Metropolitan Borough of Liverpool, Merseyside, England ; Maintained by Find A Grave .