12 April 2009

Victoria Cross: A. Martin-Leake


Surgeon-Captain, South African Constabulary
(later Lieutenant, Royal Army Medical Corps; attached 5th Field Ambulance)

Born: 4 April 1874, Standen, Ware, Hertfordshire
Died: 22 June 1953, High Cross, Hertfordshire

Citation: During the action at Vlakfontein [South Africa], on the 8th February, 1902, Surgeon-Captain Martin-Leake went up to a wounded man, and attended to him under a heavy fire from about 40 Boers at 100 yards range. He then went out to the assistance of a wounded Officer, and, whilst trying to place him in a comfortable position, was shot three times, but would not give in till he rolled over thoroughly exhausted. All the eight men at this point were wounded, and while they were lying on the Veldt, Surgeon-Captain Martin-Leake refused water till every one else had been served.

(London Gazette Issue 27433 dated 13 May 1902, published 13 May 1902.)

Citation: Lieutenant Arthur Martin Leake, Royal Army Medical Corps, who was awarded the Victoria Cross on 13th May, 1902, is granted a Clasp for conspicuous bravery in the present campaign:–
For most conspicuous bravery and devotion to duty throughout the campaign, especially during the period 29th October to 8th November, 1914, near Zonnebeke [Belgium], in rescuing, whilst exposed to constant fire, a large number of wounded who were lying close to the enemy's trenches.

(London Gazette Issue 29074 dated 18 Feb 1915, published 16 Feb 1915.)

Note: One of only three men to have been awarded the Victoria Cross twice.
Some sources also list High Cross as his birthplace, rather than Standen.

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