Robert George Scott

Cape Mounted Rifles

8th April 1879
Sergeant Robert George Scott, Cape Mounted Rifles

(Basuto War1879)

For conspicuous gallantry and devotion during an attack on Moirosi's Mountain, on the 8th April, 1879, in volunteering to throw time fuse shells, as hand grenades, over a line of stone barricades, from behind which, the enemy, were bringing a heavy fire to bear on the Colonial Troops, and which it was impossible effectually to return. After causing all the men of his party to retire under cover, lest the shell should burst prematurely,— by which precaution many lives were in all probability saved,—Sergeant Scott advanced in a most deliberate manner under a heavy fire, and, having got under the wall, made two attempts to throw shells over it. At the second attempt, owing to some defect in the fuse, which he had just lighted, the shell exploded almost in Sergeant Scott's hands, blowing his right hand to pieces, and wounding him severely in the left leg.

Scott served with the Kimberley Light Horse during the 1899-1902 Anglo- Boer war.



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