The Victoria Cross was awarded to this officer for a humane and
devoted act at Hart's Hill, Colenso, February 24, 1900.
Lieutenant J. G. Devenish (1st Royal Inniskilling Fusiliers),
having been severely wounded and unable to move, was lying
exposed to a very heavy fire. Lieutenant Inkson, seeing his
danger, carried him for 400 yards through the hail of lead
poured upon them, and, in spite of the absence of cover for the
entire distance, succeeded in conveying him to a place of
Captain Edgar Thomas Inkson, son of
Surgeon-Major-General Inkson, R.A., was born at Nyne Tal, India,
on April 5, 1872. After passing through University College
Hospital, London, was gazetted Surgeon, July 28, 1899, just ten
weeks before the war, and was almost at once sent out to South
Africa. He took part in every action for the relief of
Ladysmith—from Colenso to the finish, at the end of February,
with Fitzroy Hart's, or the Irish Brigade, being twice named in
despatches. For his services he has been awarded—in addition to
the Victoria Cross—both medals and many clasps. Although daily
under fire for weeks together was never once wounded, even
though in medical charge with the batteries at Colenso. On
return from active service, eighteen months after being
gazetted, was presented with the Victoria Cross, at St. James'
Palace, by H.M. The King, May 13, 1902.