25 May 2008

Victoria Cross: W. G. N. Manley


Assistant Surgeon, Royal Artillery

Born: 17 December 1831, Dublin, Ireland
Died: 16 November 1901, Cheltenham, Gloucestershire

Citation: For his conduct during the assault on the Rebel Pah, near Tauranga, New Zealand, on the 29th of April last, in most nobly risking his own life, according to the testimony of Commodore Sir William Wiseman, Bart., C.B., in his endeavour to save that of the late Commander Hay, of the Royal Navy, and others.
Having volunteered to accompany the storming party into the Pah, he attended on that Officer when he was carried away, mortally wounded, and then volunteered to return, in order to see if he could find any more wounded.
It is stated that he was one of the last Officers to leave the Pah.

(London Gazette Issue 22896 dated 23 Sep 1864, published 23 Sep 1864.)

Note: A pah is a Maori fortified village.
During the Franco-Prussian War (1870-71), Manley served with a British ambulance unit supporting the Prussian 22nd Infantry Division. He was awarded the Iron Cross, 2nd class, making him the only person to have both the VC and the EK.

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