12 October 2008

Victoria Cross: A. Fitzgibbon and T. Flinn


Hospital Apprentice, Indian Medical Establishment; attached 67th Regiment

Born: 13 May 1845, Gujarat, India
Died: 7 March 1883, Delhi, India

Citation: For having behaved with great coolness and courage at the capture of the North Taku Fort [near Tientsin, China], on the 21st of August, 1860. On the morning of that day he accompanied a wing of the 67th Regiment, when it took up a position within 500 yards of the Fort. Having quitted cover, he proceeded, under a very heavy fire, to attend to a Dhoolie-bearer, whose wound he had been directed to bind up; and, while the Regiment was advancing under the Enemy's fire, he ran across the open to attend to another wounded man, in doing which he was himself severely wounded.

(London Gazette issue 22538 dated 13 Aug 1861, published 13 Aug 1861.)


Drummer, 64th Regiment

Born: August 1842, Athlone, County Westmeath, Ireland
Died: 10 August 1892, Athlone, County Westmeath, Ireland

Citation: For conspicuous gallantry, in the charge on the Enemy's guns [at Cawnpore, India] on the 28th November, 1857, when, being himself wounded, he engaged in a hand to hand encounter two of the Rebel Artillerymen.

(London Gazette issue 22248 dated 12 Apr 1859, published 12 Apr 1859.)

Note: At fifteen years and three months, Hospital Apprentice Fitzgibbon and Drummer Flinn are the two youngest recipients of the Victoria Cross. (Since Flinn's exact birthdate is unknown, it cannot be determined which was actually the youngest.)

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