|THE VICTORIA CROSS AND CAMPAIGN MEDALS AWARDED TO PRIVATE WILLIAM RATCLIFFE, SOUTH LANCASHIRE REGIMENT, HAVE BEEN LOANED TO THE IMPERIAL WAR MUSEUM.|
|1 November 2007|
|The Imperial War Museum has acquired on loan the Victoria Cross and campaign medals awarded to Private William Ratcliffe, 2nd Bn, South Lancashire Regiment.
Medal entitlement of Private William Ratcliffe - 2nd Bn, South Lancashire Regiment
For the award of the Victoria Cross.
[ London Gazette, 2 August 1917 ], Messines, Belgium, 14 June 1917, Private William Ratcliffe, 2nd Bn, South Lancashire Regiment
For most conspicuous bravery ( Messines, France ). After an enemy’s trench had been captured, Private Ratcliffe located an enemy machine gun which was firing on his comrades from the rear, whereupon, single-handed and on his own initiative, he immediately rushed the machine gun position and bayonetted the crew. He then brought the gun back into action in the front line.
William Ratcliffe was invested with his Victoria Cross by King George V at Buckingham Palace on the 26th September 1917.
For the award of the Military Medal ( MM )
[ London Gazette, 28 jULY 1917 ], Wulvergham, Belgium, 14 April 1917, Private William Ratcliffe, 2nd Bn, South Lancashire Regiment
For action in the Wulvergham area on 14 April 1917 - the battalion was not in the line, but his company was involved in working parties when it suffered casualties from snipers. He went out and accounted for seven enemy marksmen.
Iain Stewart, 1 November 2007