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Private (Piper) James Cleland Richardson V.C.
October 9, 1916
16th Battalion C.E.F. (Later the Canadian Scottish)
Service Number 28930. Original member of the 16th Battalion C.E.F.
Adanac Military Cemetery, France. Age 20
Son of David and Mary Prosser Richardson, Princess Avenue, Chilliwack, B.C.

Piper James Richardson was the eldest son of David and Mary Prosser Richardson and was born November 25, 1895 at Bellshill, Lanarkshire. The Richardson family arrived in Chilliwack in 1913 and their father became Chilliwack's Chief of Police. James lived in Chilliwack for a few months before he joined the pipe band of Vancouver's 72nd Battalion Cadet Corps, the Seaforth Highlanders of Canada. With the outbreak of war James joined the "Seaforths" as part of their first detachment and left with them for Valcartier, Quebec. Absorbed by the 16th Battalion C.E.F., James became one of the 110 "originals" of the newly formed battalion. James served with the 16th in France from February 9, 1915 throughout the battles of Ypres, Givenchy and the heavy fighting on the Ypres Salient in early 1916.

On October 8, 1916 Richardson was detailed for duty in the Quartermaster's stores and upon learning that his company was to attack Regina Trench earnestly pleaded with his commanding officer to take part in the attack. During the attack, Richardson waited for an order to play the pipes from Major George David Lynch but Lynch was killed in the advance. Richardson asked Company Sergeant Major William D. Mackie if he should play his pipes. "Wull I gie them wund [Will I give then wind]?" Mackie agreed and Richardson began to patrol and pipe along the front line, for ten minutes inspiring his company to the attack. Mackie gathered some men together, fought through the wire, and entered Regina Trench. Richardson joined in the trench fighting running along the parapet bombing the trenches and attending the wounded. He then escorted two prisoners to the rear and brought with him Sergeant Major MacKay who was severely wounded. Upon reaching safety, he realized that he had left his pipes in Regina Trench but failed to return from regaining them. For his actions, Piper James Richardson was posthumously awarded the British Empireís and Commonwealth's highest award for gallantry in the face of the enemy, the Victoria Cross.

In April 1918, both of James' parents were summoned from Chilliwack to Victoria to receive the Victoria Cross and an autographed letter from King George V from the Lieutenant Governor.On April 3, 1919, Lieutenant Governor Barnard pinned the Victoria Cross on the breast of Chief Richardson in the Ritz Hotel building that was being used as a Knight's of Columbus "hut". General John Edwards Leckie, who was Richardson's commanding officer, the Mayor of Victoria and other military and civilian officials were in attendance. Upon the Richardson's return to Chilliwack, their son's Victoria Cross was displayed in a local store window. The Victoria Cross is now housed in the permanent collection of the Canadian War Museum, Ottawa.





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