On the 1st September 1900, when a foraging party was near Warm Bad,
Lieutenant Wylly was one of the advanced scouts. While passing
through a narrow and thickly-wooded defile, they were suddenly
fired upon, at a very short range, by the Boers. Being well
hidden by the trees, it was impossible for the enemy to be
exactly located, or for our men to fire with any effect ; and,
being much exposed, six, including Lieutenant Wylly, were hit,
out of the little party of eight. Corporal Brown was badly hurt
in the leg, and his horse shot, seeing which, though wounded
himself, Wylly went to the man's assistance, helped him up on to
his own horse, and took shelter behind some boulders, from which
he opened a sharp fire on the enemy to cover the retreat of the
rest of his party.
Colonel Hickman, D.S.O. (Worcestershire Regiment), reports
that Wylly's brave action saved Brown from being killed or taken
prisoner, and, in firing to cover the retreat of the rest, at
the grave risk of being himself cut off, he was the means of
saving others of his party from a similar fate.
Born in 1883, Lieutenant Wylly is the son of Major E.
Wylly, late Leinster Regiment and Indian Staff Corps, and
grandson of the late Mr. Robert Clerk, of Westholme, Somerset,
and Sergeant-at-Arms to the House of Assembly, Hobart, Tasmania.
Has been gazetted to the Royal Berkshire Regiment.