04 March 2012

Victoria Cross: G. H. B. Coulson


Lieutenant and Adjutant, King's Own Scottish Borderers, 7th Mounted Infantry

Born: 1 April 1879, Wimbledon, Surrey, England
Died: 18 May 1901, Lambrechtfontein Farm, Orange Free State, South Africa

Citation: This Officer during a rear-guard action, near Lambrecht Fontein, on the 18th of May, 1901, seeing Corporal Cranmer, 7th Mounted Infantry, dismounted, his horse having been shot, remained behind and took him up on his own horse. He rode a short distance, when the horse was shot, and both Lieutenant Coulson and the Corporal were brought to the ground. Lieutenant Coulson told Corporal Cranmer to get along with the wounded horse as best he could, and he would look after himself. Corporal Cranmer got on the horse and rode away to the column. No. 4792 Corporal Shaw (Lincolns), 7th Mounted Infantry, seeing Lieutenant Coulson's position of danger, rode back through the rear-guard, and took him up on his horse. A few minutes later Corporal Shaw was shot through the body, and there is reason to believe that Lieutenant Coulson was wounded also, as he fell off his horse. Corporal Shaw fell off a few minutes later.
This Officer on many occasions throughout the Campaign displayed great coolness and gallantry under fire.

[London Gazette issue 27462 dated 8 Aug 1902, published 8 Aug 1902.]

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