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William Frederick Faulds VC. MC.

Private William Frederick Faulds (19/02/1895 – 16/02/1950), was awarded the Victoria Cross for his actions during the Battle of Delville Wood on 18 July 1916.

The Citation, recorded in the London Gazette of Supplement: 29740, Page: 8870 reads:

For most, conspicuous bravery and devotion to duty. A bombing party under Lieut. Craig attempted to rush across 40 yards of ground which lay between the British and enemy trenches. Coming under very heavy rifle and machine gun fire the officer and the majority of the party were killed or wounded.

Unable to move, Lieut. Craig lay midway between the two lines of trench, the ground being quite open.

In full daylight Pte. Faulds, accompanied by two other men, climbed over the parapet, ran out, picked up the officer, and carried him back, one man being severely wounded in so doing.

Two days later Private Faulds again showed most conspicuous bravery in going out alone to bring in a wounded man, and carrying him nearly half a mile to a dressing-station, subsequently rejoining his platoon. The artillery fire was at the time so intense that stretcher-bearers and others considered that any attempt to bring in the wounded men meant certain death. This risk Private Faulds faced unflinchingly, and his bravery was crowned with success.

As a temporary Lieutenant, he was also awarded the Military Cross for actions at Hendicourt on 22 March 1918. This citation, for the Military Cross reads:

“In the retirement from the line east of Hendicourt, 22 March 1918, he was commanding one of the platoons which formed the rear-guard. He handled his men most ably, and exposed himself freely. Though the enemy pressed hard, he, by his fearless and able leadership, checked them, and enabled the remainder of the battalion to withdraw with slight loss”

He died on 16 February 1950 and was buried in Pioneer Cemetery, Harare, Zimbabwe

WF Faulds VC Memorial Stone.  National Memorial Arboretum

William Frederick Faulds VC Memorial Stone. National Memorial Arboretum

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Herbert Stephen Henderson VC

Herbert Stephen Henderson (30/03/1870 – 10/08/1942) was awarded the Victoria Cross for his actions during the Matabeleland Rebellion on 30/03/1896.

The Citation, recorded in the London Gazette of Issue: 26850, Page: 2535 reads:

“On the morning of the 30th March, 1896, just before daylight, Captain. Macfarlane’s party was surprised by the natives. Troopers Celliers and Henderson, who formed part of the advanced guard, were cut off from the main body, and Celliers was shot through the knee. His horse also was badly wounded and eventually died. Henderson then placed Celliers on his own horse, and made the best of his way to Buluwayo. The country between Campbell’s Store, where they were cut off, and Buluwayo, a distance of about thirty-five miles, was full of natives fully armed, and they had, therefore, to proceed principally by night, hiding in the bush in the daytime. Celliers, who was weak from loss of blood, and in great agony, asked Henderson to leave him, but he would not, and brought him in, after passing two days and one night in the veldt without food.”

  He is buried in Bulawayo Town Cemetery, Bulawayo, Zimbabwe.


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Rhodesia Railways DE 1207

DE 1207 is one of 35 diesel locomotives built for Rhodesia Railways by English Electric and the Vulcan Foundry, Newton-le-Willows in 1958. Only two of them are known to have survived, and this particular example is the only one in South Africa. And while she is reasonably intact she would need a lot of money to restore.  She is currently housed at Reefsteamers in Germiston

DE 1207 Germiston

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