01 June 2008

Victoria Cross: J. D. F. Shaul


Corporal, 1st Battalion the Highland Light Infantry

Born: 11 September 1873, King's Lynn, Norfolk
Died: 14 September 1953, Boksburg, South Africa

Citation: On the 11th December, 1899, during the Battle Of Magersfontein, Corporal Shaul was observed (not only by the Officers of his own Battalion but by several Officers of other regiments) to perform several specific acts of bravery. Corporal Shaul was in charge of stretcher-bearers; but at one period of the battle he was seen encouraging men to advance across the open.
He was most conspicuous during the day in dressing men’s wounds, and in one case he came, under a heavy fire, to a man who was lying wounded in the back, and, with the utmost coolness and deliberation, sat down beside the wounded man and proceeded to dress his wound. Having done this, he got up and went quietly to another part of the field. This act of gallantry was performed under a continuous and heavy fire as coolly and quietly as if there had been no enemy near.

[London Gazette issue 27233 dated 28 Sep 1900, published 28 Sep 1900.]

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