Private Thomas Murphy VC

On 7th May 1867 at the island of Little Andaman in the Bay of Bengal, Thomas Murphy, 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.

Murphy, of the 2nd Battalion 24th, was born in Dublin in 1839 and died in Philadelphia, USA on 22nd Mar 1900.

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