Richard Fitzgerald

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Richard Fitzgerald
Victoria Cross Medal without Bar.png
Born December 1831
Cork, County Cork
Died 1884 (aged 53)
Allegiance  United Kingdom
Service/branch Bengal Army
Rank Gunner
Unit Bengal Horse Artillery
Battles/wars Indian Mutiny
Awards Victoria Cross

Richard Fitzgerald VC (December 1831, St. Finbar's, Cork, Ireland – 1884 in India) was an Irish recipient of the Victoria Cross.

Details[edit]

He was approximately 25 years old, and a Gunner in the Bengal Horse Artillery, Bengal Army during the Indian Mutiny when the following deed took place on 28 September 1857 at Bolandshahr, India for which he and Sergeant Bernard Diamond was awarded the Victoria Cross:

"For an act of valour performed in action against the rebels and mutineers at Boolundshur, on the 28th September, 1857, when these two soldiers evinced the most determined bravery in working their gun under a very heavy fire of musketry, whereby they cleared the road of the enemy, after every other man belonging to it had been either killed or disabled by wounds.

(Despatch of Major Turner, Bengal Horse Artillery, dated Boolundshur, 2nd October, 1857.)

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Fitzgerald died in India in 1884. Fitzgerald's VC is currently held, as is his Indian Mutiny medal, by Bristol Museum.

References[edit]

  1. ^ "No. 22131". The London Gazette. 27 April 1858. p. 2051. 

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