Corporal George Edward Nurse

66th Battery Royal Field Artillery

15th December 1899
 George Edward Nurse VC

    The heroic action in which Corporal Nurse gained the Victoria Cross is described in the account given of Captain Congreve, with whom he was associated in attempting the rescue of the guns at Colenso. In addition to the first battle on the Tugela, he has fought almost through the whole four Colonies, from Durban on the east to Mafeking (Relief) on the north-west.

    Born at Enniskillen, Ireland, April 14, 1873, son of Charles Nurse, of Cobo Hotel, Guernsey. After undergoing a course of higher class education at the Chamberlain Academy, Guernsey, joined the Royal Artillery, enlisting at St. George's Barracks, London, January 6, 1892 ; served in Ireland till May, 1897, proceeding to South Africa with his unit, which was commanded on" Black Friday," December 15, 1899, by Major W. Foster, under Colonel Long, with General Hildyard in brigade command. His Cross was presented to him at Ladysmith by General Sir Redvers Buller, V.C., under whose supreme command it was so nobly gained.


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