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VC721   Walter Potter Ritchie

BORN   27 March 1892

DIED   17 March 1965   AGE   72

VC Won   1 July 1916   AGE   24

Place VC Won   Y Ravine, Somme, France

War/Campaign   First World War 1916

Name   Walter Potter Ritchie   No.   68   

VC Issue No.   721   Awards   VC   

Regiment   Seaforth Highlanders, 2nd Battalion

Later   Highlanders

Now   4th Battalion Royal Regiment of Scotland

Rank VC Won   Drummer

Rank End Of Career   Drum Major

Place Of Birth   81 Hopefield Road, Glasgow, Lanarkshire, Scotland

Place Of Death   At his home, West Saville Terrace, Mayfield, Edinburgh, Scotland

Buried/Location Ashes   Warriston Crematorium, 36 Warriston Road, Edinburgh, Midlothian, Scotland

Cremated   Warriston Crematorium, 36 Warriston Road, Edinburgh, Midlothian, Scotland

Date Buried/Cremated   20 March 1965

Headstone   Ashes   Plot/Grave no.   Garden of Remembrance

Gazetted   9 September 1916

VC Presented   25 November 1916 by King George V at Buckingham Palace, London, England


By The Way…

He lied about his age and joined the Army at 16 in 1908

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