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VC1039    Richard Annesley West

Name  Richard Annesley West   No.      POSTHUMOUS

VC Issue No.   1039   Awards   VC     DCM

Regiment   North Irish Horse (Cavalry Special Reserve) seconded to 6th Light (Whippets) Battalion, Tank Corps


Now   Royal Tank Regiment

Rank VC Won    A/Lieutenant-Colonel

Rank End Of Career  A/Lieutenant-Colonel

Place Of Birth   1 Oxford Street, Cheltenham, Gloucestershire, England

Place Of Death   Vaulx Vracourt, France

Buried/Location Ashes   Mory-Abbey Military Cemetery, Mory, 4 miles north of Bapaume, Pas de Calais, France


Date Buried/Cremated   2 September 1918

Headstone   Headstone (CWGC)    Plot/Grave no.   Plot 3, Row G, Grave 4

Gazetted   30 October 1918

VC Presented   15 February 1919 by King George V at Buckingham Palace, London, England to his widow, Maude Ethel


P  Headstone, Mory-Abbey Military Cemetery, Mory, 4 miles north of Bapaume, Pas de Calais, France

P  Named on Family Grave, Coolebrooke Churchyard, Co. Fermanagh, Northern Ireland

P  Named on War Memorial, Enniskillen, Co Fermanagh, Northern Ireland

P  Named on Victoria Cross Memorial Stone, Ennikillen Castle, Co Fermanagh, Northern Ireland

P  Named on War Memorial, Was Hibernian United Services Club, Now National Museum, Collins Barracks, Dublin, Ireland

P  Ring of Remembrance (L'Anneau de la Mémoire), Ablain-Saint-Nazaire, Pas-de-Calais, France

P  Victoria Cross Commemorative Plaque, The Castle, Cape Town, South Africa

P  Blue Plaque on former house, Oxford Street, Cheltenham, Gloucestershire

P  Named on War Memorial, Main Street, Brookeborough, Co Fermanagh, N Ireland

P  Named on Honours Board, Tank Museum, Bovington, Dorset

P  Victoria Cross Paving Stone, War Memorial, The Promenarde, Cheltenham, Gloucestershire

P  Named on North Irish Horse Memorial, Belfast City Hall, Co Antrim, N Ireland

P  Named on War Memorial, Carrickfergus, Co Antrim, N Ireland

Named on War Memorial, Monkton Coombe School, Somerset

By The Way…

The'Morser' 21cm Howitzer donated to Brookeborough, Co. Fermanagh in his memory, was presented to the Tank Musuem, Bovington by Lord Brookeborough in 1975 and is still on display

VC Held By

Lord Ashcroft Collection / I.W.M.



VC 1038 VC 1040
VC 1038
VC 1040

BORN   26 September 1878

DIED   2 September 1918  AGE   39

VC Won   21 August 1918   AGE   39

Place VC Won   Courcelles, near Lagnicourt, France

War/Campaign   First World War 1918

The First World War