Henry Lysons VC

Henry Lysons (30/07/1858 – 24/07/1907) was awarded the Victoria Cross for his actions during the Zulu War in 1879.

The citation, recorded in the London Gazette of Issue: 25093, Page: 1586, reads:

“2nd Battalion, The Cameronians, Lieutenant Henry Lysons
[(Scottish Rifles) On 28 March 1879 at the Hlobane Mountain, South Africa, Lieutenant Lysons, with a captain and a private (Edmund John Fowler) dashed forward in advance of the party which had been ordered to dislodge the enemy from a commanding position in natural caves up the mountain. The path was so narrow that they had to advance in single file and the captain who arrived first at the mouth of the cave was instantly killed. Lieutenant Lysons and the private, undeterred by the death of their leader, immediately sprang forward and cleared the enemy out of their stronghold.

Lieutenant Lysons remained at the cave’s mouth for some minutes after the attack, during which time Captain Campbell’s body was carried down the slopes.”

He is buried in St Peters’s Churchyard, Rodmartin, Gloucs

The grave of Henry Lysons VC.

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