Historian of Brookwood Cemetery
Edmund Baron Hartley VC (1847-
Edmund Baron Hartley was born in Ivybridge, Devon and educated privately and at St George's Hospital, London. Hartley was a clerk in the Inland Revenue between 1867 and 1869, before his appointment as District Surgeon in Basutoland (1874-
"For conspicuous gallantry displayed by him in attending the wounded, under fire, at the unsuccessful attack on Moirosi’s Mountain, in Basutoland, on the 5th June, 1879; and for having proceeded into the open ground, under a heavy fire, and carried in his arms, from an exposed position, Corporal A. Jones, of the Cape Mounted Riflemen, who was wounded. While conducting him to a place of safety the Corporal was again wounded. The Surgeon Major then returned under the severe fire of the enemy in order to dress the wounds of other men of the storming party.”
Hartley was later promoted to Surgeon-
Hartley’s Victoria Cross and other medals are now displayed at the Army Medical Services Museum, Mytchett, Surrey.
The grave of Edmund Baron Hartley VC, in plot 2
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