William Odgers VC

Leading Seaman William Odgers  (14/02/1834 – 20/12/1873) , of HMS Niger,  was awarded the Victoria Cross for his actions during the First Taranaki War in New Zealand.

The Citation, recorded in the London Gazette of Issue: 22409,  Page: 2861, reads:

“William Odgers, Leading Seaman of Her Majesty’s Ship Niger.
On the 28th of March, 1860, William Odgers displayed conspicuous gallantry at the Storming of a Pah during operations against Rebel Natives in New Zealand; having been the first to enter it under a heavy fire, and having assisted in hauling down the enemy’s colours”

He is buried in St Stephens Churchyard, Saltash, Cornwall

DRW 2016-2018. Created 14/01/2017. Image courtesy of Mark Green