Private William House

2nd Battalion, Royal Berkshire Regiment

2nd August 1900
William House VC

     On August 2, 1900, it was resolved to make an attack upon the Boer position at Mosilikatse Nek, and, for the purpose of ascertaining a better idea of the enemy's force, a sergeant was sent forward to reconnoitre. Before he could, however, rejoin his comrades, he was seen by the enemy, who, opening fire, wounded him most severely. He lay on the open ground, in full view of the Boer marksmen, who kept up a hail of bullets on and around him. House, though cautioned that almost certain death lay before him, sprang out from the cover, behind which he and the rest of the troops were concealed, and attempted to carry in his wounded comrade. While making this heroic attempt he himself was badly shot, and, though lying fully exposed, in his turn, to the Boer rifle- fire, called to his comrades not to come to his assistance until the advance was made. This act, for which he was awarded the Victoria Cross, was performed under the immediate command of Captain Sir Edward Pasley, Bart., Sir Ian Hamilton being Chief.

    William House, son of Mr. Thomas House, of Park Lane, Thatcham, Berkshire, was born at that place on October 7, 1879, enlisted into the Royal Berkshire Regiment on November 3, 1896, and was duly gazetted to the roll of the Victoria Cross on his twenty-third birthday, October 7, 1902. Besides this coveted decoration, he possesses both medals for the South African War and many clasps. Received the Victoria Cross at the hands of H.M. the King on October 24, 1902, in London.


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