RCMP to stand sentry at War Memorial
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.