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  • Name: Edric Frederick GIFFORD
  • D.O.B: 5th Jul, 1849
  • D.O.A: 1st Feb, 1874
  • D.O.D: 5th Jun, 1911
  • Award: Victoria Cross
  • Occupation at time of action: Lieutenant, 2nd Battalion 24th (2nd Warwickshire) Regiment, attached to Ashanti Expeditionary Force
  • Book: The Complete History - Volume 1
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Becquah, Gold Coast 1 February 1874

1 February 1874

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THE ASHANTI WAR 

On 1 February 1874, the day after their victory at Amoaful, the British moved against Becquah, a short distance to the west, from which the Ashanti were also driven. The brunt of the action fell on the advance guard consisting of Lord Gifford and his scouts.

Citation

 For his gallant conduct during the operations, and especially at the taking of Becquah. The Officer commanding the Expeditionary Force reports that Lord Gifford was in charge of the Scouts after the Army crossed the Prah, and that it is no exaggeration to say that since the Adansi Hills were passed, he daily carried his life in his hand in performance of his most dangerous duties. He hung upon the rear of the enemy, discovering their position, and ferreting out their intentions. With no other white man with him, he captured numerous prisoners; but Sir Garnet Wolseley brings him forward for this mark of Royal favour most especially for his conduct at the taking of Becquah, into which place he penetrated with his scouts before the troops carried it, when his gallantry and courage were most conspicuous. 

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

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