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Royal Welsh Fusiliers save three in Gibraltar

Year 1876

Read by Martin Stanley – Governor, Royal Humane Society

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Cox, W. Private, 2nd Battalion, Royal Welsh Fusiliers.
Dornin, A.
Kirby, H.

On the night of the 30th November, 1876, the boat of a Spanish gun-boat was upset in a squall in Catalan Bay, at the back of the Rock of Gibraltar. The night was so dark that the direction of the wreck could only be traced by the cries of the men. A guard of the 2nd battalion of the 23rd or Royal Welsh Fusiliers, who were on duty at the Eastern Beach, assisted by three Spanish boatmen, with difficulty launched a boat, and, being joined by one of the wrecked crew, rescued four men who were clinging to the wreck. On reaching the shore it was ascertained that one of the crew was missing. The boat was again launched, and on reaching the wreck Privates Cox, Dornin, and Kirby swam about the wreck in search of the missing man, whose body was subsequently recovered. Houghton remained in the boat.

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