Henry Reynolds (Army Medical Department, later to be RAMC).
Directions to Memorial
Died 4th. March
1932. Buried in the RC section of Kensal Rise Cemetery, Plot 504
NE. Accessed via Kensal Green tube station.
the main entrance, turn right into the Catholic section. Continue
straight along the path, passing a Church on the right. The path
then branches into two (the main branch curves to the left, a lesser
branch continues straight). Take the curve to the left. Eight yards
along, look to your right. Eight yards in from the path is the grave
of Surgeon Reynolds.
There are two
other VC winners in this RC section, and 14 others in the main Kensal
Location can be found on Google Earth at:
Why was he awarded the Victoria Cross?
Under heavy fire, he
attended both the wounded and brought ammunition to the hospital
defenders. He was 34 at the time of the defence.
Read Surgeon Reynolds account
of the Battle
James Henry Reynolds
was born in Dublin on February 3rd 1844. Educated at Castleknock
School, Dublin, he obtained his Bachelor of Medicine and Bachelor
of Surgery from Trinity College, Dublin in 1867, before joining
the Army Medical Department in March 1868. He served with the 36th
Foot in India during 1869-1870 but was invalided home after a serious
outbreak of cholera hit the regiment.
He arrived in South Africa
in August 1874 and later accompanied the 1/24th on the minor expedition
to the Diamond Fields in 1875. He served alongside both the 1/24th
and 88th Regiments during the Eastern Frontier Campaigns of 1877-1878,
and was present at the action around Mpetu in January 1878. By the
22nd January 1879, he found himself in charge of the field hospital
at Rorke's Drift, where he remained looking after the sick for some
weeks afterwards. After the action, he was promoted to Surgeon-Major
and was present in the British camp at Fort Nolela for the final
battle at Ulundi in July 1879. He received the V.C. from Colonel
R. T. Glyn, C.B., during a special parade of the 1/24th at Pinetown
Camp, outside Durban on Tuesday 26th August 1879.
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grave inscription to zoom in, or click
Image supplied by John Young
his return to Ireland he was appointed S.M.O. for the expedition
to aid Captain Charles Boycott, during the so called Irish Land
War of 1880.
He retired from the army
after 27 years’ service with the rank of Brigade Surgeon Lieutenant
Colonel in 1896.
He attended a special
dinner to honour holders of the V.C. at the House of Lords in November
1929. He died, aged 88 years, at the Empire Nursing Home, London
and is buried in St. Marys Roman Catholic Cemetery, Grave no 504
R/C Section. (His Victoria Cross, South African campaign medal and
Gold medal of the British Medical Association are currently on loan
to the Army Medical Services Museum, Keogh Barracks, Ash Vale, Aldershot,
supplied by the South
Wales Borderers Museum, Brecon.
here to view the Sunday Telegraph article regarding the auction
of Surgeon Reynolds medical kit.
Surgeon Reynolds medals, taken with the kind permission of
Army Medical Services Museum by Peter Weedon