John James Clements

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John James Clements
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Born 19 June 1872
Middelburg, Cape Colony
Died 18 June 1937 (aged 54)
Newcastle, South Africa
Buried Town Cemetery, Newcastle
Allegiance  United Kingdom
 Union of South Africa
Rank Sergeant
Unit Rimington's Guides
Battles/wars Second Boer War
World War I
Awards Victoria Cross

John James Clements, VC (Middelburg, Cape Colony 19 June 1872 – 18 June 1937) 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.

Clements was 28 years old, and a corporal in Rimington's Guides, South African Forces during the Second Boer War when the following deed took place for which he was awarded the VC:

On the 24th February, 1900, near Strijdenburg, when dangerously wounded through the lungs and called upon to surrender, Corporal Clements, threw himself into the midst of a party of five Boers, shooting three of them with his revolver, and thereby causing the whole party to surrender to himself and two unwounded men of Rimington's Guides.[1]

Following the end of the war, he went to the United Kingdom and received the decoration from the Prince of Wales during a large coronation parade of colonial troops in London on 1 July 1902.[2]

Clements later achieved the rank of Sergeant serving in World War I.


  1. ^ "No. 27320". The London Gazette. 4 June 1901. p. 3769. 
  2. ^ "The Prince and the Colonial Contingents". The Times (36809). London. 2 July 1902. p. 12. 

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