Lieut. Hon. Frederick Hugh Sherston, King's Royal Rifle Corps.
Three Victoria Crosses were awarded at
the battle of Colenso - to Roberts, Congreve and Babtie.
Lieut. Roberts died of wounds so VC not awarded posthumously.
He was the son of Field Marshal Lord Frederick Sleigh Roberts, V.C.
Captain, The Rifle Brigade (Prince Consort's Own),
On 15 December 1899 at the Battle of Colenso, South
Africa, Captain Congreve with several others, tried to save the guns of
the 14th and 66th Batteries, Royal Field Artillery, when the detachments
serving the guns had all become casualties or had been driven from their
guns. Some of the horses and drivers were sheltering in a donga about
500 yards behind the guns and the intervening space was swept with shell
and rifle fire. Captain Congreve, with two other officers (F.H.S.
ROBERTS and H.N. SCHOFIELD) helped to hook a team into a limber and then
to limber up a gun. Although wounded himself, seeing one of the officers
fall, he went out with an RAMC Major (W. BABTIE) and brought him in.
Major, Royal Army Medical Corps, British Army
On 15 December 1899 at the Battle of Colenso, Major
Babtie rode up under heavy rifle fire to attend to the wounded who were
lying in an advanced donga close to the rear of the guns. When he
arrived at the donga, he attended to them all, going from place to
place, exposed to the heavy rifle fire which greeted anyone who showed
himself. Later in the day Major Babtie went out with another officer
(CONGREVE, W. N.) to bring in a Lieutenant (ROBERTS, F. H. S.) who was
lying wounded on the veldt -- this also under very heavy fire.
At Colenso, on the 15th
Dec 1899, the wounded of the 14th and 66th Batteries, Royal Field
Artillery, were lying in an advanced donga close to the rear of the
guns, without any medical officer to attend to them; and when a
message was sent back asking for assistance, Major W. Babtie RAMC,
rode up under a heavy rifle-fire, his pony being hit three times.
he arrived at the donga, where the wounded were lying in a sheltered
corner, he attended to them all, going from place to place exposed to
the heavy rifle-fire which greeted anyone who showed himself. Later on
in the day Major Babtie went out with Capt Congreve to bring in Lieut
Roberts, who was lying wounded on the veldt. This also was under a