Birkenhead Returned Services Association (RSA)
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43rd Regiment
Tauranga, New Zealand - 21 June, 1864

Frederick SmithCaptain Smith was born at Dublin, Ireland, on 18 November 1826, and was 37 years old when the action for which he was awarded The Victoria Cross took place.

"On 21 June 1864 at Tauranga, New Zealand, Captain Smith led an attack on the enemy's position, and although wounded before reaching the rifle-pits, he jumped down and began a hand-to-hand encounter with the enemy, setting a fine example to his men."

Captain Smith later achieved the rank of Lieutenant Colonel.

He died at Breely, Duleek, County Meath, Ireland, on 22 July 1887, and is buried at Duleek Churchyard, County Meath, Ireland.

His Victoria Cross is not publicly held. It was bought privately at auction on 21 July 1998 for the price of £40,000.

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