Patrick Roddy

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Patrick Roddy, VC
Colonel Patrick Roddy's memorial in Mont a l'Abbe Cemetery

Patrick Roddy, who spent the latter years of his life in Jersey and is buried in Mont a l'Abbe Cemetery, is barely known in his adopted island as a recipient of the Victoria Cross. He was born in County Roscommon, Ireland, on 17 March 1827.

He was 31 years old, and an ensign in the Bengal Army during the Indian Mutiny when the following deed took place on 27 September 1858 for which he was awarded the VC.

Major-General Sir James Hope Grant, KCB, Commanding Oudh Force, bears testimony to the gallant conduct of Lieutenant Roddy, on several occasions. One instance is particularly mentioned.
On the return from Kuthirga of the Kuppurthulla Contingent, on 27 September 1858, this officer, when engaged with the enemy, charged a rebel (armed with a percussion musket), whom the cavalry were afraid to approach, as each time they attempted to do so, the rebel knelt and covered his assailant. This, however, did not deter Lieutenant Roddy, who went boldly in, and when within six yards, the rebel fired, killing Lieutenant Roddy's horse, and before he could get disengaged from the horse, the rebel attempted to cut him down. Lieutenant Roddy seized the rebel until he could get at his sword, when he ran the man through the body. The rebel turned out to be a subadar of the late 8th Native Infantry; a powerful man, and a most determined character.

Later service

Patrick Roddy served in the Abyssinian War and the Second Anglo-Afghan War. He later achieved the rank of colonel. He retired to Jersey, where he died on 21 November 1895. His medal is in the care of La Société Jersiaise.

Sons

Colonel Roddy was married to Margaret, who died in St Helier on 12 July 1900 in her 64th year. Their son James Morris Roddy had been killed on the North-west Frontier in India on 9 November 1897. Their youngest son Major Edwin Louis Roddy (1874-1919) was gassed while serving in France towards the end of WW1 then consequently died the year after.

Grandson

George Michael Roddy (1915-1943), son of Edwin Louis Roddy. Squadron Leader, killed on active service in Khartoum.

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