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SECOND BOER WAR VICTORIA CROSS
The Victoria Cross (VC) was awarded to 78 members of the British Armed Forces for action during the Second Boer War 1899-1902. The Victoria Cross is a military decoration awarded for valour "in the face of the enemy" to members of the armed forces of some Commonwealth countries and previous British Empire territories.
Sergeant James FIRTH, 1st Battalion, The Duke of Wellington’s (West Riding) Regiment.
The VC was awarded to Sergeant Firth for acts of courage during the action of Plewman’s Farm, Arundel, Cape Colony on 24th February 1900. The citation reads:
‘Lance Corporal Blackman having been wounded and lying exposed to a hot fire at a range of 400-500 yards. Sergeant Firth picked him up and carried him to cover. Later in the day, when the enemy had advanced to within a short distance of the firing line, Second Lieutenant Wilson being dangerously wounded and in a most exposed position, Sergeant Firth carried him over the ridge, which was being held by the troops, to shelter and was himself shot through the nose and eye whilst doing so.’
Jacklex Miniatures Colonial Nineteenth Century 20mm metal wargame figures.