Captain Hamilton Lyster Reed

7th Battery Royal Field Artillery

15th December 1899
Captain Hamilton Lyster Reed VC
     The Victoria Cross was awarded to Captain Reed for his conspicuous bravery during the heroic attempt to save the guns at Colenso, December 15, 1899, and a detailed account of the affair will be found in the record of Captain Congreve (V.C.). Captain Reed, son of Sir Andrew Reed, K.C.B., C.V.O., late Inspector - General Royal Irish Constabulary, was born on May 23, 1869, and, after graduating at Woolwich, entered the Royal Artillery February 17, 1888, becoming Captain in 1898. During the Boer War was, at first, Adjutant of Brigade Division R.F.A. and later D.A.A.G. on the Staff of the G.O.C. Orange River Colony. Took part in the operations in Natal, including action at Colenso, where he gained the Victoria Cross, the relief of Ladysmith, actions of Spion Kop, Vaalkranz, Tugela Heights, Pieter's Hill, Laing's Nek, Belfast and Lydenburg. Was presented with the Victoria Cross at Ladysmith on March 4, 1900, by Sir Redvers Buller, V.C.



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