The King's Royal Rifle Corps

Private Frederick Corbett VC

During a reconnaissance in Egypt, on 5th Aug 1882, Private Corbett, aged 27, was with Lieutenant Howard Vyse when the officer was mortally wounded. As the others were forced to pull back, Corbett asked permission to stay with him, and this was granted. He was in great danger from constant enemy gunfire but found time to try and stem the bleeding. When the opportunity arose to bring the officer to safety, he assisted in carrying him. Corbett was awarded the Victoria Cross for his bravery. He was from Camberwell in London, born in 1856. He was a private in the King's Royal Rifle Corps at the time of the incident but did not rise above that rank. He died sometime after 1904.

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