Jimmy's Pipes

The Pipes of War: The Pipes of James Richardson, VC

Inscription on the drawing reads:

Piper James C. Richardson, VC

The Pipes of War

“For most conspicuous bravery and devotion to duty when, prior to attack, he obtained permission from his Commanding Officer to play his company “over the top.” As the Company approached the objective, it was held up by very strong wire and came under intense fire, which caused heavy casualties and demoralized the formation for the moment. Realizing the situation, Piper Richardson strode up and down outside the wire, playing his pipes with the greatest coolness. The effect was instantaneous. Inspired by his splendid example, the Company rushed the wire with such fury and determination that the obstacle was overcome and position captured. Later, after participating in bombing operations, he was detailed to take back a wounded comrade and prisoners. After proceeding about 200 yards, Piper Richardson remembered that he had left his pipes behind. Although strongly urged not to do so, he insisted on returning to recover his pipes.” - From the Official Victoria Cross Citation

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