Corporal Henry James Knight

1st Battalion Liverpool Regiment
(No 1 Coy 4th Divison Mounted Infantry)

21st August 1900

     On August 21, 1900, during operations near Van Wyk's Vlei, Corporal Knight and four men were occupying a position behind some rocks, to cover the rear of a detachment of their company, which, under Captain Ewart, D.S.O., was holding the right of the line. Being attacked on the right by about fifty Boers, Knight's little band of four men were almost surrounded at very close quarters by the enemy. Ordering them to retire one by one to a more sheltered position, he stayed at his post for nearly an hour, covering Captain Ewart's force, during which two of his men were shot. Placing one of them in a secure place he left him there, carrying the other for two miles on his back, the whole time being under a very hot fire from the enemy.

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