First VC awarded to Richmond local
The first local Victoria Cross winner was Lieutenant Reginald Leonard Haine of Sheendale Road, Richmond.
He was awarded the VC ‘for valour in the face of the enemy’ in 1917. He lead his men during 30 hours of continuous fighting between 28-29 April, holding of the enemy in trenches near Gavrelle, France. Reginald was 20 years old.
Reginald won the VC whilst serving with the 1st Battalion Honourable Artillery Company. Before this he had attached to the Sikh Regiment, Indian Army, and won the Military Cross and Bar.
Reginald was later promoted to Lieutenant Colonel. He died aged 85 in 1982.