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.

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Rolls and Awards

  • Rank: Lieutenant
  • Unit: 1st Tasmanian Imperial Bushmen
  • Conflict: South Africa, 1899-1902 (Boer War)
  • Recommended for: Distinguished Service Order
  • Unit: Indian Corps of Guides Lately Attached 1st Anzac Corps
  • Conflict: First World War, 1914-1918
  • Awarded: Victoria Cross
  • Unit: 1st Tasmanian Imperial Bushmen
  • Conflict: South Africa, 1899-1902 (Boer War)

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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