At Plewman's Farm, near Arundel, Cape Colony, February 24,
1900, Sergeant Firth gained the Victoria Cross for two acts of
bravery and devotion. Lance-Corporal Blackman had been wounded
and was lying in the open not more than five hundred yards from
the enemy, who were keeping up a severe fire on all around.
Firth, scorning the bullets aimed at him and his burden, carried
the wounded man to cover. Shortly afterwards, 2nd Lieutenant J.
H. B. Wilson fell dangerously wounded, and, in spite of the
proximity of the Boers, who had advanced quite close to our
firing line, Firth carried the officer over the crest of the
ridge to shelter, receiving a bullet through the eye and nose
while engaged in his humane task.