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  • Name: Edmund Baron HARTLEY
  • D.O.B: 6th May, 1847
  • D.O.A: 5th Jun, 1879
  • D.O.D: 20th Mar, 1919
  • Award: Victoria Cross
  • Occupation at time of action: Surgeon Major, Cape Mounted Riflemen
  • Book: The Complete History - Volume 1
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Morosi’s Mountain, Basutoland 5 June 1879

5 June 1879

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BASUTO WARS 1879-81 

After the failure of the attack on 8 April 1879, Colonel Brabant of the 1st Cape Mounted Yeomanry launched a three-pronged assault on Morosi’s mountain on 5 June 1879 but heavy fire from Morosi’s men halted the advance. In the course of the action Surgeon Major E B Hartley saved the life not only of Corporal A Jones but also of Trooper C Lewis. This assault, like the first, was beaten off. It was not until 20 November that a third attack succeeded in reaching the summit and capturing the position. Morosi and many of his men were killed in the fighting.


 For conspicuous gallantry displayed by him in attending the wounded, under fire, at the unsuccessful attack on Moirosi’s Mountain, in Basutoland, on the 5th June, 1879; and for having proceeded into the open ground, under a heavy fire, and carried in his arms, from an exposed position, Corporal A. Jones, of the Cape Mounted Riflemen, who was wounded. While conducting him to a place of safety the Corporal was again wounded. The Surgeon-Major then returned under the severe fire of the enemy in order to dress the wounds of other men of the storming party. 

The London Gazette of 7 October 1881, Numb. 25023, p. 4990

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