• Short Summary

    Footage of Liverpool docker being honoured with Victoria Cross.

  • Description

    Liverpool docker VC - PTE Ratcliffe honoured at his old school.

    World War One; homefront; ceremonies; honours. Pte. Ratcliffe; V.C.; a Liverpool docker; is honoured at his old school. Shot of platform at ceremony. Ratcliffe is presented with some item. A priest stands and speaks. Great shot of all the children in the school yard cheering and waving flags; with one little girl toward the front very enthusiastic as she whirls a handkerchief around over her head; brick wall in BG; with some teachers and pupils sitting on wall or looking over it from balcony; pennants hang in FG - patriotism; celebration. CU on the platform of officer; priest; and the poor hero who looks like he's been through hell to get his medal; he seems shell-shocked.

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  • Data

    Film ID:
    1890.34
    Media URN:
    72545
    Group:
    Old negatives
    Archive:
    British Pathé
    Issue Date:
    1914 - 1918
    Sound:
    sound
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Black & White
    Duration:
    00:00:34:00
    Time in/Out:
    01:32:11:00 / 01:32:45:00
    Canister:
    ON 087 H

Comments (5)

  1. jamied says

    The spelling of the name of this Victoria Cross recipient is incorrect.

    This is actually Private William Ratcliffe. Details of the actions for which he was awarded the VC are here.....

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/William_Ratcliffe

    RATCLIFFE CAN ALSO BE SEEN IN CLIPS 1872.13 AND 1359.04

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  2. jamied says

    Given that the battle for which Ratcliffe was awarded his Victoria Cross took place in 1917, I think perhaps the date range is more likely to be, say, 1917-1919, (this event might well have taken just after the war). What do you think?

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  3. Cathy 59 says

    This was reported in the Liverpool Weekly Courier on 08.09 1917. The event took place on 06.08.1917. Two priests attended. Father J Prescott, who had been at the front for over two years, and Father Toomey

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  4. Cathy 59 says

    Sorry that was a typo. I should have said that the event took place on 06.09.1917.

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  5. British Pathé says

    Thanks.

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