Engleheart, Henry William VC
Victoria Cross

[1863 - 1939]

Local Connection:
Lived in Blackheath and Sydenham


War Service:
Sergeant 10th Hussars (Prince of Wales' Own Royal). 2585

On the 1st January 1900 he was wounded at Colesberg.

London Gazetted on 5th October 1900.
Digest of Victoria Cross Citation reads:
On 13th March 1900 north of Bloemfontein, South Africa, the party which had destroyed the railway had to get over four deep spruits in order to make their way back through enemy lines. At the 4th spruit the horse of one of the sappers failed to get up the bank and was left in a very dangerous position. In the face of very heavy fire Sergeant Engleheart went to the rescue of the Sapper and his horse. Shortly before this he has shown great gallantry in dashing into the first spruit and dealing with the Boers there, before they had time to rally.

His Victoria Cross is displayed at The King's Royal Hussars Museum in Winchester

In 1901 he was awarded the South African Medal with clasps for Paardeberg, Dreifontein, Relief of Kimberley and 3 Natal claspses.

Location of Memorial:
Henry Engleheart was cremated at Woking, Surrey. He is remembered on the Lewisham-Shopping-Centre-Mural

He was the second son of Francis James [1834 - 1900] and Helen Hannah Margaret Brook. He was born on 14th November 1863 Maidstone, Kent and died on 9th August 1939 at Datchet, Berkshire.

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