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William Griffiths
Born 1841
Died January 22, 1879(1879-01-22)
Place of birth County Roscommon, Ireland
Place of death Isandlwana, South Africa
Allegiance  United Kingdom of Great Britain and Ireland
Service/branch British Army
Rank Private
Unit 24th Regiment of Foot
Battles/wars Andaman Islands Expedition
Anglo-Zulu War
Battle of Isandlwana
Awards Victoria Cross

William Griffiths VC (1841 – 22 January 1879) was born County Roscommon and was an Irish recipient of the Victoria Cross, the highest and most prestigious award for gallantry in the face of the enemy that can be awarded to British and Commonwealth forces.


He was about 26 years old, and a private in the 2nd Battalion, 24th Regiment of Foot (later The South Wales Borderers), British Army during the Andaman Islands Expedition when the following deed took place for which he was awarded the VC.

On 7 May 1867 at the island of Little Andaman, eastern India, in the Bay of Bengal, Private Griffiths was one of a party of five (David Bell, James Cooper, Campbell Mellis Douglas and Thomas Murphy) of the 2/24th Regiment, who risked their lives in manning a boat and proceeding through dangerous surf to rescue some of their comrades who had been sent to the island to find out the fate of the commander and seven of the crew, who had landed from the ship Assam Valley and were feared murdered by the cannibalistic islanders.

He was killed in action, in the Battle of Isandhlwana, Zululand, on 22 January 1879.

Further information[]

VC not awarded for bravery in action against the enemy, but for bravery at sea in saving life in storm off Andaman Islands.

The medal[]

His Victoria Cross is displayed at the South Wales Borderers Museum (Brecon, Powys, Wales).


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