Brigade of Gurkhas VCs – Capt. Richard Kirby Ridgeway – 22 November 1879

Victoria Cross

Victoria Cross

One of a series of posts concerning Gurkha recipients of the Victoria Cross, each of which will appear on the anniversary of the action leading to the award.

Recipient: Capt. Richard Kirby Ridgeway

Unit: 44th Gurkha Rifles (later 1/8th Gurkha Rifles)

Date: 22 November, 1879

Engagement: Konoma, Naga Hills Expedition

Citation: Captain Richard Kirby Ridgeway.  For conspicuous gallantry throughout the attack on Konoma, on the 22nd November, 1879, more especially in the final assault when, under a heavy fire from the enemy, he rushed up to a barricade and attempted to tear down the planking surrounding it, to enable him to effect an entrance, in which act he received a very severe rifle shot wound in the left shoulder.

London Gazette:

Subsequent career: Achieved rank of colonel.  Died 1924.

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