William Dick-Cunyngham VC

William Dick-Cunyngham (16/06/1851 – 06/01/1900) was awarded the Victoria Cross for his actions during the Second Anglo-Afghan War in 1879

The Citation, recorded in the London Gazette of Issue: 25027, Page: 5140, reads:

“The Gordon Highlanders ,

Lieutenant William Henry Dick Cunyngham,

For the conspicuous gallantry and coolness displayed by him on the 13th December, 1879, at the attack on the Sherpur Pass, in Afghanistan, in having exposed himself to the full fire of the enemy, and by his example and encouragement rallied the men who, having been beaten back, were, at the moment, wavering at the top of the hill.”

He was killed in action at the Siege of Ladysmith, on 6 January 1900, and is buried in Ladysmith Cemetery, KZN, South Africa.

 

This monument in Ladysmith marks the spot where he was mortally wounded. 

He is also mentioned on the Cheltenham Anglo Boer War Memorial

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