The Citation, published in the London Gazette of Supplement: 30215 Page: 7907, reads:
“No. 2251 Pte. William Ratcliffe, S. Lane. E. For most conspicuous bravery.
After an enemy’s trench had been captured, Pte. Ratcliffe located an enemy machine gun which was firing on his comrades from the rear, whereupon, single handed and on his own initiative, he immediately, rushed the machine gun position and bayoneted the crew. He then brought the gun back into action in the front line.
This very gallant soldier has displayed great resource on previous occasions, and has set an exceptionally fine example of devotion to duty.”
He is commemorated on the Liverpool Heroes Statue in Abercromby Square in Liverpool
And there is a Commemorative Plaque for him at the Hall of Remembrance in Liverpool City Hall
Outside the Hall of Remembrance is a framed list of names that are connected to Liverpool and he is also listed on it.
A paving stone was unveiled for him at the Liverpool Parish Church on 15 June 2017.
William Ratcliffe VC. MM. died on 26 March 1963, and is buried in Allerton Cemetery in Liverpool.
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