Randolph Cosby Nesbitt (20/09/1867 – 23/07/1956) was awarded the Victoria Cross for his actions during the Mashona Rebellion in 1896. Captain Nesbitt led a patrol to go to the rescue of the miners at the Alice Mine in Mazoe Valley, who were surrounded by hordes of rebels. Captain Nesbitt and his patrol fought their way through the enemy and succeeded in getting the beleaguered party.
The Citation recorded in the London Gazette of Issue: 26850, Page: 2535, Reads:
“This officer, on the 19th June, 1896, led the Mazoe Rescue Patrol, consisting of only thirteen men, fought his way through the rebels to get to Salthouse’s party, and succeeded in bringing them back to Salisbury, with heavy fighting, in which three of his small force were killed and five wounded, and fifteen horses killed and wounded.”
He died on 23 July 1956 and was cremated in Cape Town and his ashes were interred in the RSA Police Section of the Anglican Cathedral in Harare.
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