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  • Name: Guy George Egerton WYLLY
  • D.O.B: 17th Feb, 1880
  • D.O.A: 1st Sep, 1900
  • D.O.D: 9th Jan, 1962
  • Award: Victoria Cross
  • Occupation at time of action: Lieutenant, 1st Tasmanian Imperial Bushmen
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Zwartkloof, Warmbad, Transvaal, South Africa 1 September 1900

1 September 1900

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The Second Boer War 1899 - 1902 

The responsibility for clearing the country north of Pretoria between the railway line to Potgietersrus (now Mokopane) and the Limpopo river fell to Major General A H Paget. On 1 September 1900, a patrol from the 1st Tasmanian Imperial Bushmen, which formed part of his force, was ambushed in a gorge at Zwartkloof near Warm Bad, while searching for Boer cattle. Six of the party of eight were wounded, including Lieutenant G G E Wylly and Captain Brooke, and two were taken prisoner by the Boers. Wylly came to the assistance of Corporal Brown, while Trooper J H Bisdee helped Captain Brooke.


 On the 1st September, 1900, near Warm Bad, Lieutenant Wylly was with the advanced scouts of a foraging party. They were passing through a narrow gorge, very rocky and thickly wooded, when the enemy in force suddenly opened fire at short range from hidden cover, wounding six out of the party of eight, including Lieutenant Wylly. That Officer, seeing that one of his men was badly wounded in the leg, and that his horse was shot, went back to the man’s assistance, made him take his (Lieutenant Wylly’s) horse, and opened fire from behind a rock to cover the retreat of the others, at the imminent risk of being cut off himself. Colonel T. E. Hickman, D.S.O., considers that the gallant conduct of Lieutenant Wylly saved Corporal Brown from being killed or captured, and that his subsequent action in firing to cover the retreat was “instrumental in saving others of his men from death or capture.” 

The London Gazette of 23 November 1900, Numb. 27249, p. 7385

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