Herman Albrecht

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Herman Albrecht
Herman Albrecht.jpg
Born 1876
Burgersdorp
Died 6 January 1900 (aged 23)
Wagon Hill, nr. Ladysmith
Buried at ILH Memorial, Maiden Castle, Caesar's Camp
Allegiance Colony of Natal
Rank Trooper
Unit Imperial Light Horse
Battles/wars Second Boer War
Awards Victoria Cross

Herman Albrecht VC (1876 – 6 January 1900) was a South African 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.

Details[edit]

Albrecht was about 24 years old, and a Trooper in the Imperial Light Horse (Natal), South African Forces during the Second Boer War when the following deed took place for which he was awarded the Victoria Cross.

On 6 January 1900 during the attack on Wagon Hill, near Ladysmith, South Africa, Lieutenant Robert James Thomas Digby-Jones of the Royal Engineers and Trooper Albrecht led the force which re-occupied the top of the hill at a critical moment, just as the three foremost attacking Boers reached it. The leader was shot by the lieutenant and the two others by Trooper Albrecht. He was jointed cited with Lt Digby-Jones:

Lieutenant R. J. T. Digby Jones, Royal Engineers, and No. 459 Trooper H. Albrecht, Imperial Light Horse, Would have been recommended for the Victoria Cross had they survived, on account of their having during the attack on Waggon Hill (Ladysmith) of 6th January, 1900, displayed conspicuous bravery, and gallant conduct in leading the force which re-occupied the top of the hill at a critical moment just as the three foremost attacking Boers reached it, the leader being shot by Lieutenant Jones, and the two others by Trooper Albrecht.[1]

The Medal[edit]

His Victoria Cross is displayed at the National Museum of Military History in Johannesburg.[2]

Herman Albrecht is remembered on the Imperial Light Horse Memorial at Platrand/Wagon Hill outside Ladysmith

References[edit]

  1. ^ The London Gazette: no. 27462. p. 5085. 8 August 1902. Retrieved 27 October 2009.
  2. ^ "Medals held by the South African National Museum of Military History". Retrieved 14 January 2013. 

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