Biography

Birth date: 17 February 1880
Birth place: Australia: Tasmania, Hobart
Death date: 09 January 1962
Death place: United Kingdom: England, Surrey, Camberley
Final rank: Major
Conflict: First World War, 1914-1918
South Africa, 1899-1902 (Boer War)
Units:
  • Indian Corps of Guides Lately Attached 1st Anzac Corps
  • 1st Tasmanian Imperial Bushmen

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.

Rolls and Awards

Pre First World War Conflicts Nominal Rolls

  • Rank: Lieutenant
  • Unit: 1st Tasmanian Imperial Bushmen
  • Conflict: South Africa, 1899-1902 (Boer War)

Honours and Awards (Recommendation) : Distinguished Service Order

  • Unit: Indian Corps of Guides Lately Attached 1st Anzac Corps
  • Conflict: First World War, 1914-1918

Honours and Awards : Victoria Cross

  • Unit: 1st Tasmanian Imperial Bushmen
  • Conflict: South Africa, 1899-1902 (Boer War)

Collection Items

Photograph

A04423

Portrait of Major Guy George Egerton Wylly VC DSO, who was awarded his Victoria Cross for rescuing a comrade under fire at Warm Bad, Transvaal on 1 September 1900, whilst serving as a lieutenant with the Tasmanian Imperial Bushmen during the South African (Boer) War.

A04423

A04424

Portrait of Lieutenant (later Major) Guy George Egerton Wylly VC of the Tasmanian Imperial Bushman, who was awarded the Victoria Cross for rescuing a comrade under fire in an action near Warm Bad, Transvaal on 1 September 1900.

A04424

Digitised Collection

Personal Files Book 14, 1 December 1916 - 10 February 1917

File of papers relating to the First World War service of Major General John Monash, 3rd Australian Division. This file, originally part of Book 14, covers 1 December 1916 to 10 February 1917 and includes an extensive report on weather patterns in France, a circular on rationing of stores,...

RCDIG0000617

Personal Files Book 13, 16 August - 30 September 1916

File of papers relating to the First World War service of Major General John Monash, 3rd Australian Division. This file, originally part of Book 13, covers 16 August 1916 to 30 September 1916 and includes documents relating to the visit of King George V to inspect the 3rd Australian Division,...

RCDIG0000615

Timeline

Date of birth 1880-02-17
Awarded Victoria Cross 1900-09-01 For action at Warm Bad, Transvaal, South Africa whilst serving with 1 Tasmanian Imperial Bushmen as a Lieutenant
Date of recommendation honour or award 1917-09-20
Date of death 1962-01-09