19 December 2010

Victoria Cross: E. Jotham


Captain, 51st Sikhs (Frontier Force)

Born: 28 November 1883, Kidderminster, Worcestershire
Died: 7 January 1915, Tochi Valley, North West Frontier

Citation: For most conspicuous bravery on 7th January, 1915, at Spina Khaisora (Tochi Valley).
During operations against the Khostwal tribesmen, Captain Jotham, who was commanding a party of about a dozen of the North Waziristan Militia, was attacked in a nullah and almost surrounded by an overwhelming force of some 1,500 tribesmen. He gave the order to retire, and could have himself escaped, but most gallantly sacrificed his own life by attempting to effect the rescue of one of his men who had lost his horse.

[London Gazette issue 29240 dated 24 Jul 1915, published 23 Jul 1915.]

Note: The Tochi Valley is located in what is now northern Pakistan.

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