Lieutenant Alexis C. Doxat

3rd Battalion, Imperial Yeomanry

20th October 1900
Lieutenant Alexis C. Doxat VC
    On October 20, 1900, near Zeerust, when with a party reconnoitring a position held by about one hundred Boers on the ridge of some kopjes, Lieutenant Doxat's men came under a very severe fire at about three hundred yards range. They then retired, but one of them, having lost his horse, was in a most precarious position, the Boers keeping up a hot fire on him. Lieutenant Doxat promptly galloped back to him, took him on his own horse and rode with him out of range.

    Mr. Alexis Doxat, son of Mr. Edmund Doxat, of Wood Green Park, Hertfordshire, was born at Surbiton, Surrey, on April 9, 1867. Educated at Norwich Grammar School and Philberd's, Maidenhead. Was a Captain in the Dalston Militia under Colonel Somerset, C.B., and Lieut.- Colonel Bowles, M.P., passing successfully the Auxiliary School of Instruction and the Hythe Musketry School. On the outbreak of the Boer War, Lieutenant Doxat left the Stock Exchange, of which he was a member, and proceeded to South Africa with Lord Scarborough's detachment. Took part in Lord Methuen's advance from Boshof in May, 1900, and in September joined General Douglas' column as personal A.D.C., acting chiefly as reconnaissance officer. The Victoria Cross was presented to him at Marlborough House on December 17, 1901, by H.M. the King.


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