Edgar Inkson VC


Edgar Inkson VCEdgar Inkson was born 5 April 1872, at Naini Tal, India, the son of Surgeon General J Inkson, Army Medical Service. He was 27 years old, and a Lieutenant in the Royal Army Medical Corps and was attached to the 1st Battalion The Royal Inniskilling Fusiliers as the Medical Officer during the action at Inniskilling Hill, Colenso, where on the 24 February 1900, he carried Second Lieutenant Devenish to safety. Lieutenant Inkson's award and citation was published in the London Gazette on 15 January 1901 and stated:

[Left, Edgar Thomas Inkson VC.]

On the 24th February, 1900, Lieutenant Inkson carried
Second Lieutenant Devenish (who was severely wounded
and unable to walk) for three or four hundred yards
under a very heavy fire to a place of safety. The ground
over which Lieutenant Inkson had to move was much
exposed, there being no cover available.

HM King Edward VII decorated him with the Victoria Cross during an investiture at Buckingham Palace on 12 May 1902. Edgar Inkson served in the First World war and retired as Colonel E T Inkson VC DSO. He died on 19 February 1947 and is buried in Brookwood Cemetery, Surrey, England. His Victoria Cross is in the collection of the Museum of Military Medical Services, Keogh Barracks, Mytchett, England.

The story of Edgar Inkson's conspicuous bravery is listed in the Virtual Military Gallery because he was awarded the Victoria Cross while on the strength of the 1st Battalion The Royal Inniskilling Fusiliers in the battle for Inniskilling Hill during the Second Anglo-Boer War.

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He was awarded the VC while serving with the Inniskillings and that’s why he is listed with our VCs. As the Medical Officer he was of course Royal Army Medical Corps.