Notable People » Major-General Sir Neville Reginald Howse, V.C., K.C.B., K.C.M.G. (1863 - 1930) - First Aussie winner of the Victoria Cross
What a hero. Here's a piece from his Wikipedia Article:
On 24 July 1900, during the action at Vredefort, South Africa, Lieutenant Howse, saw a trumpeter fall and went through very heavy cross-fire to rescue the man. His horse was soon shot from under him and the captain continued on foot, reached the casualty and dressed his wound. Howse then carried him to safety. For this action, Howse was awarded the Victoria Cross; his medal is now on display at the Australian War Memorial in Canberra. The award was gazetted on 4 June 1901 and the original citation read:
The King has been graciously pleased to signify His intention to confer the decoration of the Victoria Cross on the undermentioned Officers, Non-Commissioned Officer, and Soldier, for their conspicuous bravery in South Africa, as stated against their names :—
New South Wales Medical Staff Corps, Captain N. R. House [sic]
During the action at Vredefort on the 24 July, 1900, Captain House went out under a heavy cross fire and picked up a wounded man, and carried him to a place of shelter.
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