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TO THE VICTORIA & GEORGE CROSS

COMPREHENSIVE GUIDE

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b. 23/07/1921 Kensington, London. d. 27/08/1972 Leatherhead, Surrey

 

Wakeford was 22 years old, and a temporary captain in the 2/4th Battalion, The Hampshire Regiment of the British Army, during the Second World War when the following deed took place for which he was awarded the VC.

 

VC ACTION

 

On 13 May 1944 near Cassino, Italy, Captain Wakeford, accompanied only by his orderly and armed only with a revolver, went forward and killed a number of the Nazi 1st Parachute Division and took 20 prisoners. When attacking a hill feature the following day his company came under heavy fire, but although wounded in the face and both arms, Captain Wakeford pressed home the attack. He was wounded again, but reached the objective and consolidated the position.

 

LOCATION OF MEDAL: COMPANY OF HABERDASHERS, LONDON.

BURIAL PLACE: RANDALLS PARK CREMATORIUM, LEATHERHEAD, SURREY.

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Richard Wakeford VC

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Wakeford on the Royal Hampshire Regiment Memorial, Winchester, Hampshire

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11th July 1944

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Courtesy of the Worshipful Company of Haberdashers