THE VICTORIA CROSS AND CAMPAIGN MEDAL AWARDED TO PRIVATE THOMAS FLAWN, 94TH REGIMENT ( CONNAUGHT RANGERS ) HAVE BEEN SOLD AT AUCTION BY SOTHEBY'S OF LONDON.
25 November 1999


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Medal entitlement of Private Thomas Flawn,
94th Regiment ( Connaught Rangers )

  • Victoria Cross
  • South Africa Medal ( 1877-79 )
    • 1 clasp:
    • "1879"


The Victoria Cross and campaign medal awarded to Private Thomas Flawn, 94th Regiment ( Connaught Rangers ) have been sold at auction by Sotheby's of London. The VC sale hammer price realised £70,000. The identity of the purchaser has not been revealed.


For the award of the Victoria Cross

[ London Gazette, 23 February 1880 ], Sekukuni's Town, Basuto War, 28 November 1879, Private Thomas Flawn, Private Francis Fitzpatrick both of the 94th Regiment.

In recognition of their gallant conduct during the attack on Sekukuniís 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.

Thomas Flawn and Francis Fitzpatrick were invested with their Victoria Cross by Lieutenant Colonel P. Anstruther Lydenburg, Transvaal, South Africa, on the 17 September 1880.


Thomas Flawn died on the 19 January 1925 in South East London and was buried in Plumstead Cemetery. Francis Fitzpatrick died on the 13 July 1933 and was buried in an unmarked grave in St Kentigern's Cemetery, Glasgow.

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Iain Stewart, 25 November 1999