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VC372   Ferdnand Christian Schiess

BORN   7 April 1856

DIED   14 December 1884  AGE   28

VC Won  22-23 January 1879   AGE   22

Place VC Won   Rorke’s Drift, Natal

War/Campaign  The Zulu War

Name   Ferdnand Christian Schiess   No.    

VC Issue No.   372   Awards   VC   

Regiment   South African Forces, Natal Native Contingent



Rank VC Won   Corporal

Rank End Of Career   Corporal

Place Of Birth   Burgdorf, Bern Canton, Switzerland

Place Of Death   At sea on board transport ship ‘Serapis’ near Angola

Buried/Location Ashes   At sea, latitude south 1300, longitude west 7024, 1,376 km north-east of St Helena off the coast of Angola, South Atlantic


Date Buried/Cremated   

Headstone      Plot/Grave no.   

Gazetted   29 November 1879

VC Presented   3 February 1880 by General Sir Garnet Wolseley at Pietermaritzburg market square, Natal, South Africa


P  Bronze plaque at the Rorke's Drift Memorial Museum, Kwazulu-Natal, South Africa

By The Way…

The only Swiss national and first man serving with South African Forces under British command to be awarded the VC

Also known as Christian Ferdnand

VC Held By

National Army Museum, Royal Hospital Road, Chelsea, London, England



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Thank you to Nick & Lorna Martin for photos Rorke’s Drift

The Zulu War