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Alexis Charles Doxat

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Allegiance  United Kingdom
Service/branch  British Army
Role  Armed force officer

Name  Alexis Doxat
Rank  Major
Awards  Victoria Cross
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Buried at  City Cemetery, Cambridge
Battles/wars  Second Boer War World War I
Died  November 29, 1942, Cambridge
Place of burial  Cambridge City Cemetery, Cambridge, United Kingdom
Battles and wars  Second Boer War, World War I
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Major Alexis Charles Doxat, (9 April 1867 – 29 November 1942) was an English 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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Background

Doxat was educated at Norwich School before going on to Philberd's, Maidenhead. He joined the 7th Militia Battalion The Rifle Brigade in 1892.

Following the outbreak of the Second Boer War in 1899, Doxat was commissioned a Lieutenant in the 3rd Battalion, Imperial Yeomanry on 3 January 1900.

Details

Doxat was 33 years old, and a lieutenant in the 3rd Battalion, Imperial Yeomanry during the Second Boer War when the following deed took place on 20 October 1900 near Zeerust, South Africa, for which he was awarded the VC:

On the 20th October, 1900, near Zeerust, Lieutenant Doxat proceeded with a party of Mounted Infantry to reconnoitre a position held by 100 Boers on a ridge of kopjes. When within 300 yards of the position the enemy opened a heavy fire on Lieutenant Doxat's party, which then retired, leaving one of their number who had lost his horse. Lieutenant Doxat seeing the dangerous position in which the man was placed galloped back under a very heavy fire and brought him on his horse to a place of safety.

He received the Victoria Cross from King Edward VII, in person, during an investiture at St James's Palace 17 December 1901.

Doxat later achieved the rank of major in the King's Royal Rifle Corps in World War I.

His medals are now on display at the Lord Ashcroft Gallery in the Imperial War Museum, London He is buried in Cambridge City Cemetery.

References

Alexis Charles Doxat Wikipedia


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