Arthur Frederick Pickard


Arthur Frederick Pickard

Arthur Frederick Pickard VC, CB (4 April 1841-1 March 1880) was an English recipient of the Victoria Cross, the highest and most prestigious award for gallantry in the face of the enemy that can be awarded to British and Commonwealth forces.

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He was 22 years old, and a lieutenant in the Royal Regiment of Artillery, British Army during the Waikato-Hauhau Māori War, New Zealand when the following deed took place for which he was awarded the VC.

On 20 November 1863, at Rangiriri, New Zealand, during an assault on the enemy's position, Lieutenant Pickard, together with an assistant surgeon (William Temple), exposed themselves to imminent danger in crossing the entrance to the Māori Keep, at a point upon which the enemy were concentrating their fire, in order to render assistance to the wounded. Lieutenant Pickard crossed and re-crossed the parapet to procure water for the wounded, when none of the men could be induced to perform this service, as the space to be traversed was exposed to enemy cross-fire.

He later achieved the rank of colonel.

External links

* [http://www.historic.org.nz/props/waikato.htm Rangiriri Pa] "(NZ heritage site visitor information)"
* [http://www.victoriacross.org.uk/ggfrapre.htm Burial location of Arthur Pickard] "France"
* [http://www.victoriacross.org.uk/bbpickar.htm News Item] "Arthur Pickard's Victoria Cross sold at auction"


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