Indian Mutiny Victoria Cross Recipient. Born in Roscommon, Ireland, he served as a Lieutenant in the Regiment of the Bengal Army. At Kuthirga, Lucknow, India, on September 27, 1858, in actions with the Kuppurthulla Contingent, Lieutenant Roddy engaged the enemy. He charged a Rebel armed with a percussion musket, whom the Cavalry were afraid to approach, however, he did not deter Lieutenant Roddy. 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, then he ran the man through the body. The Rebel turned out to be a subadar of the 8th India Native Infantry. For most prestigious gallantry, he was awarded the Victoria Cross on April 12, 1859. Remaining in the service, he also served in the Abyssinian War, Second Anglo-Afghan War and concluded his career as a Colonel. He died at the age of 69 in Jersey, Channel Islands.
Bio by: John "J-Cat" Griffith
Edwin Louis Roddy