James Dalton

DALTON, James Langley.

Acting Assistant Commissary. Commissariat and Transport Department. (Royal Army Service Corps).
London Gazetted on 17th November, 1879.
Born in December 1832 (actual date not known) in London.
Died on 8th January, 1887 at Port Elizabeth, South Africa.
Memorial at grave in Russell Road Cemetery, Port Elizabeth, South Africa.

Digest of Citation reads:
On 22nd January, 1879 at Rorke’s Drift, Natal , South Africa, Acting Assistant Commissary Dalton actively superintended the work of defence and was amongst the foremost of those who received the first attack at the corner of the hospital, where the deadliness of his fire checked the mad rush of the enemy. He saved the life of a man in the Army Hospital Corps by shooting the Zulu who was attacking him. Although wounded himself this officer continued to give the same example of cool courage throughout the action .

4 Victoria Crosses and 1 George cross have been awarded to members of the Corps.

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