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Henry Lysons
30 July 1858 - 24 July 1907
Battle of Hlobane.jpg
Depiction of the battle of Hlobane
Place of birth Morden, Surrey
Place of death Marylebone, London
Resting place St Peter's Churchyard, Rodmarton
Allegiance United Kingdom United Kingdom
Service/branch Flag of the British Army.svg British Army
Rank Colonel
Unit The Cameronians (Scottish Rifles)
Battles/wars Anglo-Zulu War - Battle of Hlobane
Mahdist War
Awards Victoria Cross
Order of the Bath

Henry Lysons VC CB (30 July 1858 - 24 July 1907) was a British 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.

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He was 20 years old, and a lieutenant in the 2nd Battalion, The Cameronians (Scottish Rifles), British Army during the Zulu War when the following deed took place for which he was awarded the VC.

On 28 March 1879 at the Hlobane Mountain, South Africa, Lieutenant Lysons, with a captain and a private (Edmund John Fowler) dashed forward in advance of the party which had been ordered to dislodge the enemy from a commanding position in natural caves up the mountain. The path was so narrow that they had to advance in single file and the captain who arrived first at the mouth of the cave was instantly killed. Lieutenant Lysons and the private, undeterred by the death of their leader, immediately sprang forward and cleared the enemy out of their stronghold.

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He later achieved the rank of Colonel.

The medal

His Victoria Cross is displayed at the Cameronians Regimental Museum (Hamilton, Lanarkshire, Scotland).

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