- Walter Norris Congreve
GeneralSir Walter Norris Congreve VC, KCB, MVO, DL ( November 20, 1862- February 28, 1927). He was 37 years old, and a captainin The Rifle Brigade (Prince Consort's Own), British Armyduring the South African War when he won the VC. During World War I, Congreve lost a hand in action. Later, he rose to the rank of generaland was knighted. From 1924 to 1927, Sir Walter served as the governor of Malta, where he died. At his request, he was buried at sea in the channel between the coast and FilflaIsland; there is a small monument to him on the coast between Hamrija Towerand the pre-historic site of Mnajdra; the channel between Malta and Filfla is now known as Congreve Channel.
Sir Walter was also the father of Major
William La Touche Congreve, VC - they are one of only three father and son pairs to win a VC.
Action at Colenso
15 December 1899at the Battle of Colenso, South Africa, Captain Congreve with several others, tried to save the guns of the 14th and 66th Batteries, Royal Field Artillery, when the detachments serving the guns had all become casualties or been driven from their guns. Some of the horses and drivers were sheltering in a donga (gully) about 500 yards behind the guns and the intervening space was swept with shell and rifle fire. Captain Congreve, with two other officers (The Hon. Frederick Hugh Sherston Robertsand Harry Norton Schofield), and Corporal George Edward Nurseretrieved two of the guns. All four received the VC for this action. (F.S.H. Roberts was the son in one of the two other father and son pairs of VC winners.) Then, although wounded himself, seeing one of the officers fall, Congreve went out with Major William Babtie, RAMC, who also received the VC for this action, and brought in the wounded man.
Congreve's Victoria Cross is on display at the
Royal Green Jackets Museum"(Winchester, England)".
Monuments to Courage(David Harvey, 1999)
The Register of the Victoria Cross(This England, 1997)
Victoria Crosses of the Anglo-Boer War(Ian Uys, 2000)
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