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Private George Ravenhill VC (litho)

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Private George Ravenhill VC (litho)
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English School, (20th century) / English
National Army Museum, London
1899 AD (C19th AD)
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Private George Ravenhill VC. One of a group of 14 cigarette cards, No 68 from a series of 125, 'VC Heroes - Boer War', 1898-1900. Published by Taddy and Company, 1902. Ravenhill (1872-1921) was serving with 2nd Battalion The Royal Scots Fusiliers when he won the Victoria Cross (VC) in South Africa. His citation in ‘The London Gazette’ (4 June 1901) declared: ‘At Colenso, on the 15th December, 1899, Private Ravenhill went several times, under a heavy fire, from his sheltered position as one of the escort to the guns, to assist the officers and driver's who were trying to withdraw the guns of the 14th and 66th Batteries, Royal Field Artillery, when the detachments serving them had all been killed, wounded, or driven from them by infantry fire at close range, and helped to limber up one of the guns that were saved’. Ravenhill was wounded in the forearm during the attempt to save the guns. He received his cross from the Duke of York on 4 June 1901 at Pietermaritzburg. Ravenhill's VC was later forfeited in 1908 after he was imprisoned for theft and could not afford to pay the 10 shilling fine. His VC pension was also withdrawn. He later died in poverty at the age of 49 in Birmingham.

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