- Robert James Thomas Digby-Jones
Robert James Thomas Digby-Jones (
27 September 1876- 6 January 1900) was a Scottish recipient of the Victoria Cross[ [http://www.remuseum.org.uk/rem_his_vc.htm#1d Royal Engineers Museum] Sappers VCs ] , the highest and most prestigious award for gallantry in the face of the enemy that can be awarded to British and Commonwealth forces.
He was 23 years old, and a
lieutenantin the Corps of Royal Engineers, British Armyduring the South African War (Boer War)when the following deed took place for which he was awarded the VC.
6 January 1900during the attack on Wagon Hill (Ladysmith), South Africa, Lieutenant Digby-Jones and a trooper ( Herman Albrecht) of the Imperial Light Horse led the force which re-occupied the top of the hill at a critical moment, just as the three foremost attacking Boers reached it. The leader was shot by Lieutenant Digby-Jones and the two others by the trooper. A memorial to him stands in his old school, Sedbergh, commemorating his brave deeds.
His Victoria Cross is displayed at the
Royal Engineers Museum"(Chatham, England)".
Monuments to Courage(David Harvey, 1999)
The Register of the Victoria Cross(This England, 1997)
The Sapper VCs(Gerald Napier, 1998)
Scotland's Forgotten Valour(Graham Ross, 1995)
Victoria Crosses of the Anglo-Boer War(Ian Uys, 2000)
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