NEVILLE HOWSE

Australian Geographic - - Wild Australia -

Born: 26 Oc­to­ber 1863, Som­er­set, Eng­land Died: 19 Septem­ber 1930, Lon­don, Eng­land Rank: Cap­tain Unit: NSW Army Med­i­cal Corps Cam­paign: Boer War

A DOC­TOR ON HORSE­BACK, Howse was both an ac­com­plished sur­geon and horse­man. Dur­ing ac­tion in the Boer War at Vre­de­fort, South Africa, on 24 July 1900, he saw a bugler fall af­ter be­ing shot. Howse jumped onto a horse and raced to­wards the wounded man. When his steed was killed un­der him dur­ing heavy fire, he crawled on his stom­ach un­til he reached the stricken bugler. He tended to the man’s wounds, pulled him to safety and op­er­ated on his blad­der, sav­ing his life. Howse was the first Aus­tralian to be awarded the Vic­to­ria Cross.

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