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Allegiance  British India
Place of burial  Delhi, New Delhi

Name  Andrew Fitzgibbon
Rank  Apothecary
Awards  Victoria Cross
Andrew Fitzgibbon
Buried at  Old Military Cemetery, Delhi, India
Unit  Indian Medical Establishment
Battles/wars  Second Opium War Battle of Taku Forts
Died  March 7, 1883, Delhi, New Delhi
Battles and wars  Battle of Taku Forts, Second Opium War
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Service/branch  British Indian Army

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Andrew Fitzgibbon VC (13 May 1845 – 7 March 1883) was an Irish soldier, and possibly the youngest recipient of the Victoria Cross.

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Fitzgibbon was born in Gujarat, 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 recipient of the VC (aged 15 years, 3 months), with Thomas Flinn. 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.

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Andrew Fitzgibbon Wikipedia


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