- Name: Reginald Clare HART
- D.O.B: 11th Jun, 1848
- D.O.A: 31st Jan, 1879
- D.O.D: 19th Oct, 1931
- Award: Victoria Cross
- Occupation at time of action: Lieutenant, Royal Engineers, Corps of Bengal Sappers & Miners, Indian Army
- Book: The Complete History - Volume 1
The Bazar Valley, North West Frontier, India 31 January 1879
31 January 1879
THE SECOND AFGHAN WAR 1878-80
A major concern of all three British Field Forces in Afghanistan was keeping open their lines of communication. One of the threats to that of the Peshawar Field Force came from the Afridi tribesmen in the Bazar Valley, south-west of the Khyber Pass. In January 1879 Lieutenant R C Hart was a member of a column engaged in a punitive expedition in the Valley and on the 31st he was with a company of the 24th Native Infantry, on escort duty with a convoy en route from Landi Kotal, the summit of the Khyber, when the tribesmen attacked. The Sowar rescued by Hart later died of his wounds.
For his gallant conduct in risking his own life in endeavouring to save the life of a private soldier. The Lieutenant-General commanding the 2nd Division Peshawar Field Force, reports that when on convoy duty with that Force on the 31st January, 1879, Lieutenant Hart, of the Royal Engineers, took the initiative in running some 1,200 yards to the rescue of a wounded Sowar of the 13th Bengal Lancers in a river bed exposed to the fire of the enemy, of unknown strength, from both flanks, and also from a party in the river bed. Lieutenant Hart reached the wounded Sowar, drove off the enemy, and brought him under cover with the aid of some soldiers who accompanied him on the way.