John James Clements (19/06/1872 – 03/03/1940) was born in Middelburg in the Cape, and was awarded the Victoria Cross during the Anglo Boer War while in action near Strijdenburg on 24th February, 1900.
The Citation, recorded in the London Gazette of Issue: 27320, Page: 3769, reads:
“Rimington’s Guides, Corporal J. J Clements.
On the 24th February, 1900, near Strijdenburg, when dangerously wounded through the lungs and called upon to surrender, Corporal Clements, threw himself into the midst of a party of five Boers, shooting three of them with his revolver, and thereby causing the whole party to surrender to himself and two unbounded men of Rimington’s Guides.”
He is buried in the Dutch Reformed section of Newcastle Town Cemetery.
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