James Henry Reynolds VC

Name: James Henry Reynolds

Conflict: Zulu War

Gazetted: June 17, 1879

Service: Army

James Henry Reynolds VC

Medal group

Place/date of birth: Kingsdown (now Dun Laoghaire), Co Dublin, Ireland/February 3, 1844

Rank when awarded VC (and later highest rank): Surgeon-Major (Lieutenant-Colonel)

Date of bravery: January 22-23, 1879

London Gazette citation:

Surgeon-Major James Henry Reynolds, Army Medical Department

For the conspicuous bravery, during the attack at Rorke’s Drift, on the 22nd and 23rd January, 1879, which he exhibited in his constant attention to the wounded under fire, and in his voluntarily conveying ammunition from the store to the defenders of the Hospital, whereby he exposed himself to a cross-fire from the enemy both in going and returning.

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Other decorations: N/A

Place/date of death: Victoria, London/March 4, 1932

Grave/memorials: Headstone, St Mary’s Cemetery, Kensal Rise, London

Origin of VC to the Lord Ashcroft collection: Purchased privately, 2022

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