Frederick George Engelbach qualified as Doctor and Surgeon at St Bartholomew's in London in 1866
and then set up practise in Moretonhampstead. In 1898 he moved to London.
When the Boer War broke out he volunteered for service and was appointed Civil Surgeon. He arrived in time to accompany General French in his famous ride to Kimberley and subsequently accompanied the army in its march to Bloemfontein and then to Pretoria. He also went to Fouriesburg at the time of the surrender of Prinsloo and was present at the battle of Diamond Hill.
On 13 December 1900, while tending the wounded at Nooitgedacht under heavy fire, Surgeon Engelbach was shot through the palm of the left hand. He reputedly made a grim joke about now being handicapped in his work when, in standing up to dress his wound, he was killed by a bullet through the forehead.
Naming officially engraved. On roll he is F.G. Frederick George and 5 bars verified which states: “Original Unit 2nd Cavalry Brigade. Attached to the Volunteer Ambulance when Killed in action at Nooitgedacht Transvaal December 13th 1900.” He was mentioned in despatches by F.-M. Earl Roberts, L.G., Sept. 10th, 1901, for his services.
Dr David Biggins
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