1901, Derby

DUGDALE, FREDERIC BROOKS, Lieutenant, was born on 21 October 1877, the third son of Colonel James Dugdale, VD, of Ivy Bank, Lancashire, and of Sezineot, Gloucestershire. He was educated at Marlborough, and Christ Church, Oxford, and entered the Array in October 1899, being gazetted as 2nd Lieutenant to the 5th (Royal Irish) Lancers. He immediately left England to join his regiment, which on his arrival in South Africa was taking part in the Defence of Ladysmith. He served with the relieving force under Sir Redvers Buller, and was promoted Lieutenant in May, 1900. He served under Sir John French in Cape Colony. He won the Victoria Cross, as described in the Gazette, and also received the Queen's and King's Medals with clasps, also clasps for Tugela Heights, Orange Free State, Relief of Ladysmith, Laing's Nek, and Belfast, Cape Colony. He was decorated on 24 October 1902, by His Majesty King Edward VII His Victoria Cross was gazetted 17 September 1901: "Frederic Brooks Dugdale, Lieutenant, 5th Royal Irish Lancers. On 3 March, 19O1, Lieutenant Dugdale, who was in command of a small outpost near Derby, having been ordered to retire, his patrol came under a heavy fire at a range of about 250 yards, and a sergeant, two men, and a horse were hit. Lieutenant Dugdale dismounted and placed one of the wounded men on his own horse; he then caught another horse, galloped up to a wounded man and took him up behind him, and brought both men safely out of action". On the 13 November of the same year, whilst hunting with the North Cotswold, his horse fell at a fence and crushed him so severely that he died within two hours, without regaining consciousness.

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