Raymond de Montmorency VC

Raymond Harvey Lodge Joseph de Montmorency (05/02/1867 – 23/02/1900) was awarded the Victoria Cross for his actions during the Siege of Khartoum on the 2nd of September 1898.

The Citation, recorded in the Edinburgh Gazette of Issue: 27490, Page: 6897, reads:

“21st Lancers, Lieutenant the Honourable Raymond Harvey Lodge Joseph de Montmorency.

At the Battle of Khartum on the 2nd September 1898, Lieutenant de Montmorency, after the charge of the 21st Lancers, returned to assist Second Lieutenant R. G. Grenfell, who was lying surrounded by a large body of Dervishes. Lieutenant de Montmorency drove the Dervishes off, and, finding Lieutenant Grenfell dead, put the body on his horse which then broke away. Captain Kenna and Corporal Swarbrick then came to his assistance, and enabled him to re join, the Regiment, which had begun to open a heavy fire on the enemy”

He was killed in action at the Battle of Stormberg, Dordrecht, Cape Colony, on 23 February 1900 and is buried  in Molteno Cemetery, near Dordrecht, South Africa.  

The grave of Raymond de Montmorency VC


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