RCMP to stand sen­try at War Me­mo­rial

Cape Breton Post - - NEWS -

OT­TAWA — RCMP mem­bers will stand sen­try at Canada’s Na­tional War Me­mo­rial on Sun­day to mark the an­niver­sary an of­fi­cer who re­ceived the Vic­to­ria Cross for brav­ery dur­ing the South African War. Sgt. Arthur Richard­son earned the hon­our in July 1900 af­ter he rode through heavy cross­fire to res­cue an in­jured Cana­dian trooper whose horse had been shot. Richard­son was the first mem­ber of the Cana­dian Armed Forces to be awarded the prize. The Vic­to­ria Cross, which was in­sti­tuted in 1856, was made avail­able for of­fi­cers or men who served in the pres­ence of the en­emy. All mil­i­tary per­son­nel could qual­ify re­gard­less of rank or so­cial stature. Richard­son first be­came a mem­ber of the North-West Mounted Po­lice when he came to Canada from Eng­land in 1894. He then listed in Lord Strath­cona’s Horse when the South African War be­gan in 1899. Af­ter the war, Richard­son re­turned to the po­lice force. He was even­tu­ally dis­charged in 1907 due to poor health.

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