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  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......

    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. British Pathé says

    Brilliant - thanks again.

  4. 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?

  5. 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

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