George Albert Ravenhill (21/02/1872 – 14/04/1921) was awarded the Victoria Cross for his actions during the Second Boer War when the following deed took place on 15 December 1899 at the Battle of Colenso.
The Citation, recorded in the London Gazette of Issue: 27320, Page: 3769, reads:
“2nd Battalion Royal Scots Fusiliers, Private C. Ravenhill.
At Colenso, on the 15th December, 1899, Private Ravenhill went several times, under a heavy fire, from his sheltered position as one of the escort to the guns, to assist the officers and drivers who were trying to “withdraw the guns of the 14th and 66th Batteries, Royal Field Artillery, when the detachments serving them had all been killed, wounded, or driven from them by infantry fire at close range, and helped to limber up one of the guns that were saved.”
Geoge Ravenhill forfeited his VC in 1908 after he was imprisoned for theft of a quantity of iron and could not afford to pay the 10 shilling fine. His VC-entitled pension was also withdrawn. He died in poverty at the age of 49 was was buried in an unmarked grave in Witton Cemetery in Birmingham.
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