Charles Augustus Goodfellow

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Charles Augustus Goodfellow
Born 29 November 1836
Died 1 September 1915 (aged 78)
Leamington Spa, Warwickshire
Buried at Royal Leamington Spa Cemetery
Allegiance  United Kingdom
Service/branch Bengal Army
Flag of the British Army.svg British Army
Rank Lieutenant General
Unit Bombay Engineers
Royal Engineers
Battles/wars Indian Mutiny
Abyssinian War
Awards Victoria Cross
Order of the Bath

Lieutenant General Charles Augustus Goodfellow VC CB (29 November 1836 – 1 September 1915) was an English 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 22 years old, and a lieutenant in the Bombay Engineers, Bengal Army during the Indian Mutiny when the following deed took place for which he was awarded the VC:

For gallant conduct at the attack on the Fort of Beyt, on the 6th of October, 1859. On that occasion, a soldier of the 28th Regiment was shot under the .walls of the Fort. Lieutenant Goodfellow rushed, under the walls, under a sharp fire of matchlocks, and bore off the body of the soldier, who was then dead, but whom he at first supposed to be wounded only.[1]

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He later transferred to the Royal Engineers serving in the Abyssinian War where he was mentioned in dispatches as follows:

Captain Goodfellow, next in seniority, whose services at Zoulla in constructing the pier have already been noticed, was the chief engineer on the highlands, and displayed great intelligence and activity in every duty throughout the operations.[2]

Goodfellow achieved the rank of lieutenant general.

The medal[edit]

His Victoria Cross is displayed at the Royal Engineers Museum, Gillingham, England.


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