Alfred Edward Durrant

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Alfred Edward Durrant
Victoria Cross Medal without Bar.png
Born 4 November 1864
Westminster, London
Died 29 March 1933 (aged 68)
Tottenham, London
Buried at Tottenham Cemetery
Allegiance  United Kingdom
Service/branch Flag of the British Army.svg British Army
Rank Lance Corporal
Unit The Rifle Brigade
Battles/wars Mahdist War
Second Boer War
Awards Victoria Cross
Imperial Service Medal

Alfred Edward Durrant VC ISM (4 November 1864 – 29 March 1933) 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.

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He was 35 years old, and a private in the 2nd Battalion, The Rifle Brigade (Prince Consort's Own), British Army during the Second Boer War when the following deed took place on 27 August 1900 at the Battle of Bergendal, South Africa, for which he was awarded the VC:

At Bergendal, on the 27th August, 1900, Acting-Corporal Wellar having been wounded, and being somewhat dazed, got up from his prone position in the firing line, exposing himself still more to the enemy's fire, and commenced to run towards them. Private Durrant rose, and pulling him down endeavoured to keep him quiet, but finding this impossible he took him up and carried him back for 200 yards under a heavy fire to shelter, returning immediately to his place in the line.[1]

He later achieved the rank of lance-corporal. His Victoria Cross is displayed at the Royal Green Jackets Museum, Winchester, England.

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  1. ^ The London Gazette: no. 27366. p. 6779. 18 October 1901. Retrieved 6 November 2009.

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