Andrew Fitzgibbon

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Andrew Fitzgibbon
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Victoria Cross Medal
Born 13 May 1845
Gujerat, India
Died 7 March 1883 (aged 37)
Delhi, India
Buried at Old Military Cemetery, Delhi, India
Allegiance British India
Service/branch British Raj Red Ensign.svg British Indian Army
Rank Apothecary
Unit Indian Medical Establishment
Battles/wars

Second Opium War

Awards Victoria Cross

Andrew Fitzgibbon VC (13 May 1845 – 7 March 1883) was an Irish soldier, and possibly the youngest 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.[1]

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Fitzgibbon was born in Gujerat, India. He was fifteen years old, and a Hospital Apprentice in the Indian Medical Establishment, Indian Army, attached to the 67th Regiment (later The Royal Hampshire Regiment) during the Third China War when the following deed took place for which he was awarded the VC.

On 21 August 1860 at the capture of the Northern of the Taku Forts, China, Hospital Apprentice Fitzgibbon accompanied a wing of the 67th Regiment when it took up a position within 500 yards of the fort. He then proceeded, under heavy fire, to attend a dhoolie-bearer, whose wound he had been directed to bind up, and while the regiment was advancing under the enemy's fire, he ran across the open ground to attend to another wounded man. In doing so he was himself severely wounded.

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Acknowledged to be youngest winner of the VC (aged 15 years, 3 months), with Thomas Flinn.[2] Jack Cornwell was 16 years old when he was awarded a posthumous Victoria Cross after the Battle of Jutland.

Fitzgibbon later achieved the rank of Apothecary. He died in Delhi, India on 7 March 1883. He is believed to have been buried with his Victoria Cross.[3]

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  1. ^ At 15 years and 3 months, he was the same age as Thomas Flinn, but Flinn's exact date of birth is not known.
  2. ^ Imperial War Museum. "The Victoria Cross". archive.iwm.org.uk. Retrieved 5 April 2013. 
  3. ^ Stewart, Iain. "Victoria Crosses Reported as Destroyed". Victoria Cross. Retrieved 12 September 2011. 

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