George Ravenhill V C Mar 12, 2010 12:23:44 GMT 1
Post by Waverley on Mar 12, 2010 12:23:44 GMT 1
South African War 1899-1902
Private C. Ravenhill 2nd RSF
On 15th December 1899 during the battle of Colenso Private Ravenhill went several times under heavy fire from his sheltered position as one of the escort to the guns to assist the officers and men who were trying to withdraw. When the detachments serving them had all been wounded or driven from them by infantry fire at close range he helped to limber up one of the guns which was saved.
Born in Aston, Birmingham in May 1889 Ravenhill joined the 1st battalion of his regiment at Birr, Ireland. He served near six years in India then two years with the 2nd Battalion in South Africa. He gained the Queen's and the King's medals, with clasps, for Relief of Ladysmith, Transvaal and Cape Colony.
Ravenhill was 27 years old, and a private in the 2nd Battalion, The Royal Scots Fusiliers, British Army during the Second Boer War when the following deed took place on 15 December 1899 at the battle of Colenso, South Africa for which he was awarded the VC. His citation reads:
At Colenso, on the l5th 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.He was wounded at Colenso due to being shot through the forearm.
Ravenhill's VC was forfeited after he was imprisoned for theft of a quantity of iron and could not afford to pay the 10 shilling fine. His VC-entitled pension was also withdrawn. Ravenhill died in poverty at the age of 49, and three of his children were taken away to be fostered in the USA and Canada. Ravenhill is buried in an unmarked grave at Witton Cemetery, Birmingham.
Ravenhill's Victoria Cross is currently displayed at the Museum of The Royal Highland Fusiliers in Glasgow, Scotland.