|THE FAMILY OF SERGEANT THOMAS RICKETTS VC, ROYAL NEWFOUNDLAND REGIMENT, HAVE DONATED HIS VICTORIA CROSS AND OTHER MEDALS TO THE CANADIAN WAR MUSEUM, OTTAWA.|
|22 October 2003|
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|Medal entitlement of Sergeant Thomas Ricketts,
1st Bn, Royal Newfoundland Regiment
|The Victoria Cross and campaign medals awarded to Sergeant Thomas Ricketts, 1st Bn, Royal Newfoundland Regiment, were donated to the Canadian War Museum, Ottawa, on the 22nd October 2003 by his widow, Mrs. Edna Ricketts in the presence of their descendants. Thomas Ricketts was awarded the VC for his action in the closing stages of the Great War in October 1918.
For the award of the Victoria Cross
[ London Gazette, 6 January 1919 ], Ledeghem, Belgium, 14 October 1918, No 3102, Private Thomas Ricketts, 1st Bn, Royal Newfoundland Regiment.
"For most conspicuous bravery and devotion to duty on the 14th October 1918, during the advance from Ledeghem, when the attack was temporarily held up by heavy hostile fire and the platoon to which he belonged suffered severe casualties from the fire of an enemy battery at point-blank range.
On the 18th January 1919 Thomas Ricketts received a message informing him that he was to be invested with the Victoria Cross by King George V on the following day, Sunday, 19th January 1919. As he was shortly due to return home to Newfoundland, the King instructed that Ricketts should proceed by train to Sandringham, the sovereign's country estate in Norfolk, where he would be invested with his Victoria Cross. The ceremony took place in the estate's York Cottage where the King, accompanied by Princess Mary and Prince George, chatted with Ricketts for ten minutes before pinning the VC on his uniform coat. He was then the youngest living recipient of the Victoria Cross.
Iain Stewart, 22 October 2003