Horace Edward Ramsden VC

Name: Horace Edward Ramsden

Conflict: Second Boer War

Gazetted: July 6, 1900

Service: South African Forces

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Horace Edward Ramsden VC
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Place/date of birth:  Chester, Cheshire/December 15, 1878

Rank when awarded VC (and later highest rank): Trooper

Date of bravery: December 26, 1899

London Gazette citation:

Protectorate Regiment. Trooper H.E. Ramsden.

On the 26th December, 1899, during the fight at Game Tree, near Mafeking, after the order to retire was given, Trooper H. E. Ramsden picked up his brother, Trooper A. E. Ramsden, who had been shot through both legs and was lying about 10 yards from the Boer trenches, and carried him about 600 or 800 yards under a heavy fire (putting him down from time to time for a rest) till they met some men who helped to carry him to a place of safety.

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Other decorations: N/A

Place/date of death: Fish Hoek, near Cape Town, South Africa/August 3, 1948

Grave/memorials: Maitland Crematorium, Cape Town, South Africa

Origin of VC to the Lord Ashcroft collection: Purchased at auction, Stephan Welz & Co, Johannesburg, South Africa, 1999

Current location of VC: Displayed on rotation at The Lord Ashcroft Gallery: Extraordinary Heroes exhibition, Imperial War Museum