Lieutenant Frederic Brooks Dugdale

5th Royal Irish Lancers

3rd March 1901
     On March 3, 1901, when in command of an outpost near Derby, Lieutenant Dugdale received orders to retire his men. His party came under a very heavy fire from the Boers at a range of about 250 yards, and three men and a horse were wounded. Riding up to one of the injured men, Lieutenant Dugdale dismounted and put him on to his own horse, ran and caught a riderless horse near by, mounted it, and rode to another helpless man, took this one up behind him and rode with both men out of action.

    Lieutenant Dugdale was the son of Colonel J. Dugdale, of Sezincot, Gloucestershire, and was born at Burnley on October 21, 1877. Educated at Marlborough and Christ Church, Oxford, he entered the Army in October, 1899, as 2nd Lieutenant in the 5th Lancers, and at once left England to join his regiment, which, on his arrival in South Africa, was taking part in the defence of Ladysmith. He was employed with the relieving force under Sir Redvers Buller, and was promoted Lieutenant in May, 1900. Served under Sir John French in Cape Colony. Received the King's and Queen's medal, and clasps for Tugela Heights, Orange Free State, Relief of Ladysmith, Laing's Nek, and Belfast. The Cross was presented to this young and promising officer by H.M. the King on October 24 1902, but, on the 13th of the following month, he was killed in the hunting-field while riding with the North Cotswold Hounds.


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