I first heard about the Arracan Expedition while researching my last blog about the events at Rorke’s Drift.

I was reading about the events leading up to the battle, and discovered that a private of the 24th Regiment killed at Isandlwana had been awarded the Victoria Cross. It stated that Private William Griffiths had been awarded the Victoria Cross while serving with the 24th Regiment on the Arracan Expedition in the Andaman Islands 1867. Now, I read a lot about the British Empire and the various wars and battles of the time but I had never heard of the Accacan Expedition or the fact that five VCs had been awarded during the expedition. Intrigued, I set out to find more information about the event and try to discover how a Private of the 24th Regiment, who died on the dusty slopes of Isandlwana won his VC in the balmy Indian…

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