|THE GRAVE AND ESPCIALLY THE HEADSTONE OVER THE BURIAL PLOT OF LIEUTENANT GENERAL RICHARD KEATINGE VC HAS BEEN REFURBISHED IN THE HORSHAM ( HILLS ) CEMETERY, WEST SUSSEX.|
|21 April 2021|
|The headstone over the grave of Lieutenant General Richard Keatinge VC in Horsham ( Hills ) Cemetery, West Sussex, is of a most colourful and intricate design which over the years had deteriorated badly.
Well known local man Steve Davies, whose previous efforts have refurbished several Victoria Cross holders' graves in Southern England, tackled the problem of the Richard Keatinge grave with extraordinary results. The colours and text on the stone now stand out as it would have done in 1904 when the headstone was erected over Richard Keatinge's grave.
before and after
|For the award of the Victoria Cross.
[ London Gazette, 25 February 1862 ], Chundairee, Indian Mutiny, 17 March 1858, Captain Richard Harte Keatinge, Bombay Artillery ( Civil Employ - Political Department ).
For having rendered most efficient aid at the assault of Chundairee, in voluntarily leading the Column through the breach, which was protected by a heavy crossfire, he was one of the foremost to enter, and was severely wounded in the breach.
Richard Keatinge was invested with his Victoria Cross by GOC Bombay, Lieutenant General Sir William Mansfield, at Bombay, India, on the 1st January 1863.
Iain Stewart, 21 April 2021