28 August 2011

Victoria Cross: C. Mansel-Jones


Captain, The West Yorkshire Regiment

Born: 14 June 1871, Beddrington, Surrey
Died:29 May 1942, Brockenhurst, Hampshire

Citation: On the 27th February, 1900, during the assault on Terrace Hill, north of the Tugela, in Natal, the companies of the West Yorkshire Regiment on the northern slope of the hill met with a severe shell, Vickers-Maxim, and rifle fire, and their advance was for a few moments checked. Captain C. Hansel-Jones, however, by his strong initiative, restored confidence, and, in spite of his falling very seriously wounded, the men took the whole ridge without further check, this Officer's self-sacrificing devotion to duty at a critical moment having averted what might have proved a serious check to the whole assault.

[London Gazette issue 27214 dated 27 Jul 1900, published 27 Jul 1900.]

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