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Piper James Cleland Richardson, V.C. 16th Battalion, C.E.F.
James Cleland Richardson was the fourth youngest Canadian to receive the Victoria Cross, dying at age twenty during the Battle of the Somme. According to official reports, when Richardson and his comrades reached a particularly well-defended section of German barbed wire, the piper, without hesitation, strode along it playing loudly. This action, in the face of enemy fire, inspired his fellow Canadians to successfully storm the position. After the battle, while assisting with the transportation of the wounded, Richardson went back to fetch his pipes never to return.
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