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VC1071    Walter Leigh Rayfield


Name   Walter Leigh Rayfield    No.      

VC Issue No.   1071   Awards   VC     

Regiment   Canadian Expeditionary Force, 7th Battalion, British Columbia Regiment



Rank VC Won   Private

Rank End Of Career   Captain

Place Of Birth   Richmond-upon-Thames, Surrey, England

Place Of Death   At his home, Toronto, Ontario, Canada

Buried/Location Ashes   Prospect Cemetery, St Clair Avenue West, Toronto, Ontario, Canada


Date Buried/Cremated   

Headstone   Headstone    Plot/Grave no.   Veterans Section 7, Grave 4196

Gazetted   14 December 1918

VC Presented   8 March 1919 by King George V at Buckingham Palace, London, England


P  Headstone, Prospect Cemetery, St Clair Avenue West, Toronto, Ontario, Canada

P  Victoria Cross Commemorative Plaque, British High Commission, Elgin Street, Ottawa, Ontario, Canada

P  Victoria Cross Memorial, York Cemetery, Toronto, Ontario, Canada

P  Memorial Plaque, Villers-les-Cagnicourt, Nr Arras, France

P  Named on Bench, outside Regimental Museum, Vancouver, BC, Canada

P  Named on Memorial Board, RSL HQ, Adelaide, Australia

P  Victoria Cross Memorial, Borella Road, Peards Complex, East Albury, NSW, Australia

P  Victoria Cross Memorial, Ingleburn RSL Club, Sydney, NSW, Australia

By The Way…

Tried to join up twice both times being rejected on medical grounds, joined third time of asking

VC Held By

Canadian War Museum, 1 Vimy Place, Ottawa, Ontario, Canada



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BORN   7 October 1881

DIED   19 February 1949  AGE   67

VC Won   2-4 September 1918   AGE   36

Place VC Won  East of Arras, France

War/Campaign   First World War 1918

The First World War