Lieutenant Guy George Egerton Wylly VC

Guy George Egerton Wylly. A04424 Guy George Egerton Wylly.

Date of birth: 17 February 1880
Place of birth: Hobart, TAS
Date of death: 9 January 1962
Place of death: Surrey, England

Guy Wylly, 1st Tasmanian Imperial Bushmen, was one of two Tasmanians to win the Victoria Cross in the same action on 1 September 1900. The other was Trooper John Bisdee. Despite being wounded in a Boer ambush at Transvaal, South Africa, he went to the assistance of a wounded corporal, giving him his own horse and then providing covering fire from behind rocks to enable his escape.

After the war he served with the Indian army, eventually retiring as a colonel in 1933. He was a staff officer during the First World War and for some time was attached to Australian formations. He was awarded the Distinguished Service Order in 1918. Having retired to Britain, he eventually died there.

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