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 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.