Sergeant Donald Farmer

1st Battalion The Queen's Own Cameron Highlanders

13th December 1900

    When, on December 13, 1900, General Clements' camp at Nooitgedacht was attacked by a large force of Boers, Lieutenant Sandilands, of the Camerons, took fifteen men and went to the assistance of a picket which was hard pressed, having lost in killed or wounded the greater number of its men. The enemy, posted behind trees, opened fire on the little parte at about twenty yards range, killing two men and wounding five, including Lieutenant Sandilands. Farmer at once went to the officer's assistance, and, under a very heavy fire, carried him to shelter, after which he returned to the fighting-line, being, with the rest of his party, after a desperate resistance, taken prisoner. The Victoria Cross awarded him for this humane act was presented to him by H.R.H. the Duke of York at Pietermaritzburg, August 14, 1901.

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