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.