William George Nicholas Manley (17/12/1831 – 16/11/1901) was awarded the Victoria Cross for action during the Waikato-Hauhau Maori War on 29 April 1864 near Tauranga, New Zealand.
The Citation, recorded in the London Gazette of Issue: 22896, Page: 455, reads:
“Assistant-Surgeon William George Nicholas Manley Date of Act of Bravery, April 29th, 1864.
For his conduct during the assault on the Rebel Pah, near Tauranga, New Zealand, on the 29th of April last, in most nobly risking his own life, according to the testimony of Commodore Sir William Wiseman, Bart., C.B., in his endeavour to save that of the late Commander Hay, of the Royal Navy, and others.
Having volunteered to accompany the storming party into the Pah, he attended on that Officer when he was carried away, mortally wounded, and then volunteered to return, in order to see if he could find any more wounded. It is stated that he was one of the last Officers to leave the Pah”
He also has the distinction of having been awarded the Iron Cross (second Class) “For services with the British Ambulance Corps caring for the wounded of the 22nd Division in the actions of Chateau-neuf and Bretoncelle, on 18th and 21st December 1870, and the battles of Orleans and Cravant, on 10th December 1870.”
He is buried in Prestbury Cemetery in Cheltenham
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