James Henry Reynolds

Army Medical Department

22nd January 1879
James Henry Reynolds
Surgeon-Major James Henry Reynolds, Army Medical Department   

(Zulu War 1879)

   ON January 22, 1879, during the Defence of Rorke's Drift, Surgeon- Major Reynolds behaved with conspicuous bravery, attending to the wounded under a heavy cross-fire from the Zulus on the hills above the Post, and a continual shower of assagais from those attacking the barricades. When not actually engaged in his humane task, he carried ammunition to the men from the magazine.

Son of Mr. L. Reynolds, J.P., of Dalyston House, Granard, Ireland, Colonel Reynolds was born at Kingstown, Dublin, on February 3, 1844. Educated at Castle Knock and Trinity College, Dublin, he entered the Medical Staff Corps as Assistant-Surgeon, March 31, 1868, becoming Surgeon March 1st, 1873 ; Surgeon-Major (for distinguished field service), January 23, 1879 ; Lieut.-Colonel, April 1, 1887 ; and attained substantive step (Brigade-Surgeon Lieut.-Colonel) December 25, 1892, retiring in 1896. Served in the Kaffir War of 1877-8, and in Zulu War ; besides Rorke's Drift, was present at the battle of Ulundi. Possesses the South African Medal with three dates-1877-8-9being equivalent to three clasps, and also the Gold Medal of the British Medical Association for his services at Rorke's Drift. During his second year's service received the approbation of the Commander-in-Chief (Lord Sandhurst), for services rendered during a severe outbreak of cholera in India in the 36th Regiment.



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