Joseph John Farmer VC.

Joseph John Farmer (15/05/1854 – 30/06/1930) was awarded the Victoria Cross for his actions in the First Boer War on 27 February 1881, on Majuba Hill in South Africa.

The Citation,Issue: 24973, Page: 2553, reads:

“Army Hospital Corps. Provisional Lance-Corporal Joseph John Farmer, For conspicuous bravery during the engagement with the Boers at the Majuba Mountain, on the 27th February, 1881, when he showed a spirit of self-abnegation and an example of cool courage which cannot be too highly commended.

While the Boers closed with the British troops near the wells, Corporal Farmer held a white flag over the wounded, and when the arm holding the flag was shot through, he called out that he had “another.” He then raised the flag with the other arm, and continued to do so until that also was pierced with a bullet.”

He is buried in Brompton Cemetery in London.

His headstone is made from a rock supposedly brought from Majuba and is inscribed to that effect (inscription recreated for clarity).

There is a commemorative plague erected at the National Memorial Arboretum in Staffordshire in his honour.

Brompton Cemetery, London

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