10 November 2010

The Victoria Cross awarded to Temporary Captain Henry John Andrews, Indian Medical Service, has been acquired by the Michael Ashcroft Trust, the holding institution for Lord Ashcroft's VC Collection. The Victoria Cross is not accompanied by the MBE and IGSM.

Medal entitlement of Captain Henry Andrews
Indian Medical Service

  • Victoria Cross
  • Member, Order of the British Empire ( MBE )
  • India General Service Medal ( 1908-35 )
    • 1 clasp:
    • "Afghanistan NWF 1919"

Though there was no major outbreak on the North West Frontier during the course of the First World War there was continual trouble, particularly in Waziristan, and raids and ambushes were commonplace. After the 3rd Afghan War in 1919 there was a major uprising in Waziristan which continued into 1921, and subsequently, to a greater or lesser degree, there was trouble in the area up to and beyond the start of the Second World War.

The Khajuri in Henry Andrews' VC action is located on the Tochi River, some 10 miles west of Bannu. The action was a typical attack on a convoy on the road between Bannu, Idak and Miranshah, and apart from Andrews' gallantry, there is nothing to distinguish it from dozens of others which too place in this area.

For the award of the Victoria Cross.

[ London Gazette, 9 September 1920 ], Near Khajuri Post, Waziristan, North West India, 22 October 1919, T / Captain Henry John Andrews, Indian Medical Service.

For most conspicuous bravery and devotion to duty on the 22nd October 1919, when as Senior Medical Officer in charge of Khajuri Post ( Waziristan ) he heard that a convoy had been attacked in the vicinity of the post, and that men had been wounded. He at once took out an Aid Post to the scene of action and approaching under heavy fire, established an Aid Post under conditions which afforded some protection to the wounded but not to himself.

Subsequently he was compelled to move his Aid Post to another position, and continued most devotedly to attend to the wounded.

Finally when a Ford van was available to remove the wounded, he showed the utmost disregard of danger in collecting the wounded under fire and in placing them in the van, and was eventually killed whilst himself stepping into the van on the completion of his task.

Henry Andrews was killed during his VC action and was buried in the Bannu Cemetery, south of Peshawar, North West Frontier, grave 160. A headstone was erected but unconfirmed if it still exists.


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Iain Stewart, 10 November 2010