Victoria Cross Recipient – Arthur Herbert Lindsey Richardson

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Arthur Herbert Lindsey Richardson

Arthur Richardson was born in England in 1872 and spent his early years in Liverpool. About 1892 he emigrated to Canada and settled at Stony Mountain, Manitoba. Richardson joined the North West Mounted Police, in Regina, in 1894. After training at the Regina Academy he was posted to Battleford and served there until February of 1900 when he volunteered for service in South Africa.

In 1902, after the war, Richardson returned to Canada to serve with the Mounties. Once again he was posted to Battleford. In 1906 he was transferred to Prince Albert. He purchased his discharge in 1907 and was hired as Chief of Police at Indian Head. He resigned a year later and sold the land he had been granted as a veteran of the South African War. He returned to CO Liverpool, England, where he worked as a labourer for many years. Mr. Richardson died in 1932.

On July 5, 1900, near the town of Wolve Spruit, South Africa, a party of soldiers of Lord Strathcona’s Horse was engaged in battle. One of the Canadians was shot through the arm and thigh and pinned down by his fallen horse. Sergeant Richardson, whose own mount was wounded, rode back over three hundred yards, through heavy crossfire, to rescue his injured comrade. Sergeant Richardson’s valour was acknowledged with the Victoria Cross, presented while he was still serving in South Africa.