Robert Digby-Jones

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Robert Digby-Jones
Born 27 September 1876
Edinburgh, Scotland
Died 6 January 1900 (aged 23)
Ladysmith, South Africa
Buried at Ladysmith Cemetery
Allegiance United Kingdom United Kingdom
Service/branch Flag of the British Army.svg British Army
Years of service 1896 - 1900 
Rank Lieutenant
Unit Royal Engineers
Battles/wars Second Boer War
Awards Victoria Cross
Other work Royal Engineers A.F.C. player

Robert James Thomas Digby-Jones (27 September 1876 – 6 January 1900) was a Scottish recipient of the Victoria Cross,[1] 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 23 years old, and a lieutenant in the Corps of Royal Engineers, British Army during the South African War (Boer War) when the following deed took place for which he was awarded the VC.

On 6 January 1900 during the attack on Wagon Hill (Ladysmith), South Africa, Lieutenant Digby-Jones and a trooper (Herman Albrecht) of the Imperial Light Horse 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 Lieutenant Digby-Jones and the two others by the trooper.[2]

A memorial to him stands in his old school, Sedbergh, commemorating his brave deeds.

The medal[edit]

His Victoria Cross is displayed at the Royal Engineers Museum (Chatham, England).



  1. ^ Royal Engineers Museum Sappers VCs
  2. ^ The London Gazette: no. 27462. p. 5085. 8 August 1902. Retrieved 27 October 2009.

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