• Short Summary

    Shots of Liverpool Docker hero, Private William Ratcliffe, Victoria Cross winner. Merseyside.

  • Description

    Liverpool Docker hero; Victoria Cross winner.

    Merseyside.

    MS Private William Ratcliffe ("The Dockers VC") standing and speaking with flags as backdrop; other soldiers; and a woman sit listening. He sits next to young man in priest collar and robes; priest and other soldiers applaud. CU soldiers & priest sitting in row; listening to some other speaker now.

    MS crowd of little girls going wild; all waving white handkerchiefs or paper or something; brick wall in background. MS soldier and a couple of men in foreground. Pan across the masses of little girls.

    Back to soldiers; priest; woman listening to more speeches. Then back to the children cheering; Ratcliffe and others walk through the crowd of children.

  • Tags

  • Data

    Film ID:
    1872.13
    Media URN:
    71992
    Group:
    Old negatives
    Archive:
    British Pathé
    Issue Date:
    1914 - 1918
    Sound:
    sound
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Black & White
    Duration:
    00:00:56:00
    Time in/Out:
    01:11:28:00 / 01:12:24:00
    Canister:
    ON 057 D

Comments (5)

  1. jamied says

    I believe this to be Private William Ratcliffe..

    Freeze the clip at 00:01, and compare his image with the photograph of William Ratcliffe on this page here......

    http://liverpoolremembrance.weebly.com/lo
    cal-vc-winners.html

    Note that Ratcliffe was a Liverpool man, and was known after the war as "The Dockers VC", so this seems to me to add up......

  2. jamied says

    My belief that this was William Ratcliffe is confirmed - I've just found him again in another clip, named this time, (although mis-spelt as Radcliffe), in clip 1890.34.

  3. jamied says

    Given that Ratcliffe won his Victoria Cross in 1917, I think the date range should be changed to perhaps 1917-19, as this ceremony may have taken place just after the war). What do you think?

  4. Cathy 59 says

    This was reported in the Liverpool Weekly Courier on 08.09 1917. The event took place on 06.09. 1917. Two priests attended. Father J Prescott, who had been at the front for over two years, and Father Toomey

  5. British Pathé says

    Brilliant - thanks again.

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