Robert James Thomas Digby-Jones

Robert James Thomas Digby-Jones

Robert James Thomas Digby-Jones (27 September 1876-6 January 1900) was a Scottish recipient of the Victoria Cross [ [ 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 lieutenant in the Corps of Royal Engineers, British Army during the South African War (Boer War) when the following deed took place for which he was awarded the VC.

On 6 January 1900 during 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.

The medal

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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