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  • Name: Samuel McGAW
  • D.O.B: 31st Dec, 1836
  • D.O.A: 31st Jan, 1874
  • D.O.D: 22nd Jul, 1878
  • Award: Victoria Cross
  • Occupation at time of action: Lance Sergeant, 42nd (Royal Highland) Regiment of Foot, The Black Watch
  • Book: The Complete History - Volume 1
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Amoaful, Gold Coast 31 January 1874

31 January 1874

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Faced with the advancing expeditionary force the Ashanti King, Kofi Karikari, thought it prudent to suggest a negotiated peace but nothing could stop the British advance on Kumasi. On 30 January 1874 the British came upon a large Ashanti force between the village of Amoaful on the road north to Kumasi and the town of Becquah a short distance to the west. The following day they attacked and Amoaful was secured.


 For having at the Battle of Amoaful led his Section through the bush in the most excellent manner, continuing to do so throughout the whole day, although badly wounded early in the engagement. 

The London Gazette of 31 March 1874, Numb. 24082, p. 1921

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