Neville Reginald Howse (26/10/1863 – 19/09/1930) was awarded the Victoria Cross for his actions at Vredefort during the Anglo Boer War on 24 July 1900.
The Citation, recorded in the London Gazette of Issue: 27320, Page: 3769, reads:
“New South Wales Medical Staff Corps. Captain N. R. House.
During the action at Vredefort on the 24 July 1900, Captain House went out under a heavy cross fire and picked up a wounded man, and carried him to a place of shelter”
The original citation mistakenly names him as “Captain N.R.House, as opposed to Captain N.R. Howse.
He was the first recipient of the Victoria Cross serving in the Australian armed forces.
In February 1930, he travelled to England for medical treatment for cancer, but died on 19 September 1930 and is buried in Kensal Green Cemetery in London.
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