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  • Name: Francis FITZPATRICK
  • D.O.B: 1st Jan, 1859
  • D.O.A: 28th Nov, 1879
  • D.O.D: 13th Jul, 1933
  • Award: Victoria Cross
  • Occupation at time of action: Private, 94th Regiment of Foot
  • Book: The Complete History - Volume 1
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Sekukuni’s Town, Eastern Transvaal, South Africa 28 November 1879

28 November 1879

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THE ZULU WAR 1879 

With the ending of the Zulu War an expedition was mounted against the baPedi chieftain Sekukuni in the Eastern Transvaal. His stronghold between the Olifants and Steelpoort rivers was attacked on 28 November 1879.

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 In recognition of their gallant conduct during the attack on Sekukuni’s Town, on the 28th November last, in carrying out of action Lieutenant Dewar, 1st Dragoon Guards, when badly wounded. At the time when he received his wound Lieutenant Dewar had with him only Privates Flawn and Fitzpatrick, and six of the Native Contingent, and, being incapable of moving without assistance, the natives proceeded to carry him down the hill, when about thirty of the enemy appeared in pursuit about 40 yards in the rear, whereupon the men of the Native Contingent deserted Lieutenant Dewar, who must have been killed but for the devoted gallantry of Privates Flawn and Fitzpatrick, who carried him alternately, one covering the retreat and firing on the enemy. 

The London Gazette of 24 February 1880, Numb. 24814, p. 832

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