Personal info

  • Name: Edgar Thomas INKSON
  • D.O.B: 5th April, 1872
  • D.O.A: 27th February, 1900
  • D.O.D: 19th February, 1947
  • Award: Victoria Cross
  • Occupation at time of action: Lieutenant, Royal Army Medical Corps, attached to The Royal Inniskilling Fusiliers

Terrace Hill, Tugela river, South Africa 24 February 1900

24 February 1900

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The Second Boer War 1899 - 1902 

At 5pm on 23 February 1900 Major General A F Hart, commanding the 5th Irish Brigade, ordered the Inniskillings, the Connaught Rangers and the Dublin Fusiliers to attack Terrace Hill, or as it came to be known Hart’s Hill or Inniskilling Hill, which lay north-east of Wynne’s Hill (see above). They suffered very heavy casualties and those few who made it over the false crest of the Hill to the Boer lines were taken prisoner. Fighting continued on the 24th. The timely arrival of the Durham Light Infantry and the Rifle Brigade allowed Hart to stabilize his line on the southern slopes of the Hill.

Citation

 On the 24th February, 1900, Lieutenant Inkson carried Second Lieutenant Devenish (who was severely wounded and unable to walk) for three or four hundred yards under a very heavy fire to a place of safety. The ground over which Lieutenant Inkson had to move was much exposed, there being no cover available. 

The London Gazette of 15 January 1901, Numb. 27266, p. 308

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