Henry Cecil Dudgeon D’Arcy VC.

Henry Cecil Dudgeon D’Arcy (11/08/1850  – 10/1881) was awarded the Victoria Cross for his actions on 3 July 1879 at Ulundi, South Africa during the Zulu War.

The Citation, recorded in the London Gazette of ssue: 24769, Page: 5830, reads:

“Frontier Light Horse, Captain (now Commandant) Cecil D’Arcy,

For his gallant conduct on the 3rd July, 1879, during the reconnaissance made before Ulundi by the Mounted Corps, in endeavouring to rescue Trooper Raubenheim of the Frontier Light Horse, who fell from his horse as the troops were retiring. Captain D’Arcy, though the Zulus were close upon them, waited for the man to mount behind him; the horse kicked them both off, and although much hurt by the fall and quite alone, Captain D’Arcy cooly endeavoured to lift the trooper, who was stunned, on to the horse, and it was only when he found that he had not the strength to do so that he mounted and rode off.

His escape was miraculous as the Zulus had actually closed upon him.”

He apparently left the house of Rev. Taberer in the Cape Province where he was staying to recuperate during the night of 6–7 August 1881, and his remains were found early the next year, although reports indicate that he may have faked his own death. (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cecil_D%27Arcy). He is buried in a family plot in King Williams Town; Section D, Grave 32-33.

Grave inscription for Capt Henry Cecil Dudgeon D’Arcy VC.

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