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The date " 1895 " is omitted from the reverse of the second type.

Victoria Crosses of the Ashantee War 1873 - 74







Lieutenant Lord Edric Frederick Gifford (3rd Baron Gifford ) 24th Regiment, The South Wales Borderers.


Lieutenant Lord Edric Frederick Gifford


      As a Young lieutenant of the 24th (late of the 63rd), Lord Gifford proceeded to Ashantee in 1873. Soon after arrival he was placed in command of the Native Scouts. His conduct throughout the entire operations was conspicuously fine, and in all his duties he carried his life in his hands. He hung upon the rear of the enemy, dogging their movements, noting their positions, and, unattended by any other white man, captured many prisoners. His finest act was performed before the taking of Becquah, February 1874, when he entered the " city," before our troops had arrived, and took note of all the enemy's positions. The information he was able to place before his Commanding Officer, Sir Garnet Wolseley, contributed most materially to the subsequently successful capture of that town.

    In 1879, at the close of the Zulu War, the capture of Cetewayo was nearly brought about by Lord Gifford. Had he been a few hours sooner, the credit would have been his. He had been on the search for the Zulu King for fifteen days and nights, and when he was finally successful in finding his whereabouts, his party of scouts was utterly worn out. For this reason he decided to wait till nightfall, before attempting the capture. Meanwhile, Major Marter, who had also been searching, heard of the king's hiding-place, marched direct to it, and brought him away captive.

    Edric Frederick, Lord Gifford (3rd Baron), born July 5, 1849, was educated at Harrow. Entered Army, 1869 ; Lieutenant, 63rd Regiment, 1870 ; 24th Regiment, 1873 ; Captain, 57th Regiment, 1876 ; Brevet-Major, 1st Battalion Middlesex Regiment, 1880. Colonial Secretary for West Australia and Senior Member Legislative Council, 1880-3 ; Colonial Secretary of Gibraltar, 1883-8. Decorated by H.M. the late Queen at the review in Windsor Park, in April, 1874.


Major Reginald William Sartorius, 6th Bengal Cavalry


Major Reginald William Sartorius

       Decorated for conspicuous bravery on January 17, 1874, during the attack on Abogoo in the Ashanti War, when, under a heavy fire, he saved the life of Sergeant Major Braimah Doctor, a Houssa non-commissioned officer, who had been severely wounded.

        He performed another splendid act during the war, by undertaking to ride fifty miles across the enemy's country, accompanied by twenty natives, with the object of establishing connexion between Captain Glover, who was marching through unknown country, and Sir Garnet Wolseley, whose whereabouts had to be discovered. Starting on March 9, he accomplished his mission on the 11th.

        Son of the late Admiral Sir George Rose Sartorius, G.C.B. Has served in the Indian Mutiny, Bhutan War, Kossi Campaign, Volta Expedition, 1874, under Sir John Glover, and Afghan War, 1879.

LG 27th October 1874


Lance- Sergeant Samuel McGaw  (42nd Royal Highlanders, the Black Watch)


Lance- Sergeant Samuel McGaw

 Decorated for his bravery on January 31, 1874, at the battle of Amoaful in Ashanti, when, in spite of a very severe wound, he led his section through the heavy fighting in the bush during the whole day. This gallant Highlander, when landing in Cyprus four years later, dropped dead from sunstroke.

 Lieutenant  Mark Sever Bell, Royal Engineers


Lieutenant  Mark Sever Bell

     For his distinguished bravery, and zealous, resolute, and self-devoted conduct at the battle of Ordahsu, on the 4th February, 1874, whilst serving under the immediate orders of Colonel Sir John Chetham McLeod, K.C.B., of the 42nd Regiment, who commanded the Advanced Guard. Sir John McLeod was an eye witness of his gallant find distinguished conduct on the occasion, and considers that this Officer's fearless and resolute bearing, being always in the front, urging on and encouraging an unarmed working party of Fantee labourers, who were exposed not only to the fire of the Enemy, but to the wild and irregular fire of the Native Troops in the rear, contributed very materially to the success of the day. By his example, he made these men do what no European party was ever required to do in warfare, namely, to. work under fire in the face of the .Enemy without a covering party.

     Colonel Bell, P.S.C., C.B., son of Mr. Hutchinson Bell, Leconfield, Yorkshire, was born at Sydney, New South Wales, May 15, 1843. Educated at King's College, London. , Entered R.E. 1862 ; Captain, 1874; Major, 1882 ; Brevet Lieut.-Colonel, 1884 ; Brevet-Colonel, 1887 ; Colonel on Staff and commanding R.E., Western District, 1894-8 ; commanded R.E. and Bengal Sappers and Miners, and Assistant Field Engineer Bhutan Campaign, 1865-6 (medal and clasp) ; commanded R.E., and Assistant Field Engineer, Hazara Campaign, 1868. His conduct in this latter campaign was brought to notice, and his forced march of 600 miles specially mentioned. During the Ashanti War of 1873-4 he was Adjutant R.E. Brigade, and Special Service officer, being mentioned in despatches for other acts than that for which he was awarded the Cross ; Intelligence Officer during Burman Expedition, 1886-7 ; A.Q.M.G. for Intelligence 1880-85 ; D.Q.M.G. 1885-8 ; A.D.C. to Her late Majesty, 1887-1900 ; C.B., 1893. Well known as a great traveller in the East and an author of military and geographical articles. Fellow of King's College, London. McGregor Gold Medallist, U.S. Institute, India.

 LG 20th November 1874


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