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Richard Kirby Ridgeway

  • Birth 18 Aug 1848 Oldcastle, County Meath, Ireland
  • Death 11 Oct 1924 Harrogate, Harrogate Borough, North Yorkshire, England
  • Burial Adel, Metropolitan Borough of Leeds, West Yorkshire, England
  • Memorial ID 11792219

Second Naga Hills Expedition Victoria Cross Recipient. He served as a Captain in the Bengal Staff Corps and 44th Gurkha Rifles, British Indian Army. On November 22, 1879, during the final assault on Khonoma, Eastern Frontier, India, Captain Ridgeway's unit was under heavy fire from the enemy. Captain Ridgeway on his own rushed up to a barricade and attempted to tear down the planking surrounding it to enable him to effect an entrance. While doing this he was wounded severely in the right shoulder. For prestigious gallantry in the face of the enemy, he was awarded the Victoria Cross on May 8, 1880. Making a career in the British Army, he retired with the Badge of a Companion of the Order of the Bath and at the rank of Colonel in 1906.

Bio by: John "J-Cat" Griffith





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  • Maintained by: Find A Grave
  • Added: 21 Sep 2005
  • Find A Grave Memorial 11792219
  • Find A Grave, database and images ( : accessed ), memorial page for Richard Kirby Ridgeway (18 Aug 1848–11 Oct 1924), Find A Grave Memorial no. 11792219, citing Lawnswood Cemetery, Adel, Metropolitan Borough of Leeds, West Yorkshire, England ; Maintained by Find A Grave .