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James Firth
15 January 1874 – 29 May 1921
Victoria Cross Medal without Bar.png
Place of birth Sheffield, Yorkshire
Place of death Sheffield
Resting place Burngreave Cemetery, Sheffield
Allegiance  United Kingdom
Service/branch Flag of the British Army.svg British Army
Rank Sergeant
Unit The Duke of Wellington's (West Riding) Regiment
Battles/wars Second Boer War
Awards Victoria Cross

James Firth VC (15 January 1874 - 29 May 1921) was an English recipient of the Victoria Cross, the highest and most prestigious award for gallantry in the face of the enemy that can be awarded to British and Commonwealth forces.



Firth was 26 years old, and a sergeant in the 1st Battalion, The Duke of Wellington's (West Riding) Regiment, British Army during the Second Boer War when the following deed took place on 24 February 1900 near Arundel, Cape Colony for which he was awarded the VC:

During the action at Plewman's Farm, near Arundel, Cape Colony, on the 24th February, 1900, Lance-Corporal Blackman having been wounded and lying exposed to a hot fire at a range of from four to five hundred yards, Sergeant Firth picked him up and carried him to cover. Later in the day, when the enemy had advanced to within a short distance of the firing line, Second Lieutenant Wilson being dangerously wounded and in a most exposed position Sergeant Firth carried him over the crest of the ridge, which was being held by the troops, to shelter, and was himself shot through the nose and eye whilst doing so.[1]

The medal

The medal is privately owned and not on public display.


  1. ^ London Gazette: no. 27322, p. 3933, 11 June 1901. Retrieved on 15 November 2009.

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