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T-Shirt James Richardson, VC

James Richardson, VC "The Lad's Whole Soul Was Bound Up In The Glory Of Piping" Unisex Crew Neck T-Shirt

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While not a piper of great distinction on music alone, the story of James Richardson continues to inspire pipers around the world. Piper Richardson was only twenty years old at the time of his death in World War One. Richardson was awarded the Victoria’s Cross posthumously for his bravery and courage. After his death, Richardson’s pipes were recovered and brought to Scotland where they sat for ninety years before being brought to the British Columbia Legislature in Victoria, Canada. In a memoir, one of Richardson’s comrades wrote of the young piper “The lad’s whole soul was bound up in the glory of piping”.

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James’ citation reads:

 

“For most conspicuous bravery and devotion to duty when, prior to attack, he obtained permission from his Commanding Officer to play his company ‘over the top.’

 

As the company approached the objective, it was held up by very strong wire and came under intense fire, which caused heavy casualties and demoralised the formation for the moment. Realising the situation, Piper Richardson strode up and down outside the wire, playing his pipes with the greatest coolness. The effect was instantaneous. Inspired by his splendid example, the company rushed the wire with such fury and determination that the obstacle was overcome and the position captured.

 

Later, after participating in bombing operations, he was detailed to take back a wounded comrade and prisoners.

 

After proceeding about 200 yards Piper Richardson remembered that he had left his pipes behind. Although strongly urged not to do so, he insisted on returning to recover his pipes. He has never been seen since, and death has been presumed accordingly owing to lapse of time.”


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