10 April 2011

Victoria Cross: A. G. Hore-Ruthven


Captain, 3rd Battalion the Highland Light Infantry

Born: 6 July 1872, Windsor, Berkshire
Died: 2 May 1955, Shipton Moyne, Gloucestershire

Citation: On the 22nd September, 1898, during the action of Gedarif, Captain Hore-Ruthven, seeing an Egyptian officer lying wounded within 50 yards of the advancing Dervishes, who were firing and charging, picked him up and carried him towards the 16th Egyptian Battalion. He dropped the wounded officer two or three times, and fired upon the Dervishes, who were following, to check their advance. Had the officer been left where he first dropped, he must have been killed.

[London Gazette issue 27057 dated 28 Feb 1899, published 28 Feb 1899.]

Note: At the time of his death he was Brigadier General the Earl of Gowrie VC GCMG CB DSO** PC.
Gedarif (Al Qadarif) is in the Sudan, not far from the Ethiopian border.

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