Gustavus Hamilton Blenkinsopp Coulson
|Gustavus Hamilton Blenkinsopp Coulson|
|Born||1 April 1879
|Died||18 May 1901 (aged 22)
Lambrechtfontein, Orange Free State
|Years of service||1899-1901 †|
The King's Own Scottish Borderers
|Battles/wars||Second Boer War|
Distinguished Service Order
Gustavus Hamilton Blenkinsopp Coulson VC DSO (1 April 1879 – 18 May 1901) was an English recipient 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 the uncle of Gus March-Phillips DSO MBE the founder of the British Army's SSRF in WWII.
Coulson was 22 years old, and a lieutenant and Adjutant in the 1st Battalion, The King's Own Scottish Borderers, British Army during the Second Boer War when the following deed took place on 18 May 1901 at Lambrechtfontein, South Africa, for which he was awarded the VC:
This Officer during a rear-guard action, near Lambrecht Fontein, on the 18th of May, 1901, seeing Corporal Cranmer, 7th Mounted Infantry, dismounted, his horse having been shot, remained behind and took him up on his own horse. He rode a short distance, when the horse was shot, and both Lieutenant Coulson and the Corporal were brought to the ground. Lieutenant Coulson told Corporal Cranmer to get along with the wounded horse as best he could, and he would look after himself. Corporal Cranmer got on the horse and rode away to the column. No. 4792 Corporal Shaw (Lincolns), 7th Mounted Infantry, seeing Lieutenant Coulson's position of danger, rode back through the rear-guard, and took him up on his horse. A few minutes later Corporal Shaw was shot through the body, and there is reason to believe that Lieutenant Coulson was wounded also, as he fell off his horse. Corporal Shaw fell off a few minutes later. This Officer on many occasions throughout the Campaign displayed great coolness and gallantry under fire.
- The London Gazette: . 8 August 1902. Retrieved 27 October 2009.