- John James Clements
John James Clements VC (Middleburg, Cape Province
June 19, 1872- June 18, 1937) was a South Africanrecipient of the Victoria Cross, the highest and most prestigious award for gallantry in the face of the enemy that can be awarded to British and Commonwealth forces.
He was 28 years old, and a
corporalin the Rimington's Guides, South African Forcesduring the South African War (Boer War)when the following deed took place for which he was awarded the VC.
24 February 1901, near Strijdenburg, South Africa, Corporal Clements was dangerously wounded in the lungs and called upon to surrender, but instead he threw himself into the midst of a party of boers, shooting three of them with his revolver, and thereby causing the whole party to surrender.
Clements later achieved the rank of
Monuments to Courage(David Harvey, 1999)
The Register of the Victoria Cross(This England, 1997)
Victoria Crosses of the Anglo-Boer War(Ian Uys, 2000)
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