Private William Griffiths VC

Private Griffiths was born in County Roscommon, Ireland in 1841 and was killed at Isandhlwana on 22nd Jan 1879 along with six companies of the 24th Regiment.

On 7th May 1867 at the island of Little Andaman in the Bay of Bengal, William Griffiths, with three other privates and Assistant Surgeon Douglas took a boat through dangerous surf to rescue 17 men who were trapped on a beach and in danger from the natives armed with bows and arrows. They made the difficult trip three times to achieve success. This was the last time that the VC was awarded to soldiers for risking their lives without the enemy being directly present.

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