Captain Edward Bradbury VC

Horace Henry Glasock was born in Islington on 16 Oct 1880. He joined the Royal Horse Artillery at the age of 18 and in 1899 sailed with Q Battery to South Africa. They were involved in the battles at Dreifontein and Bloemfontein but his award of the VC came after the defeat at Senna’s Post, or Koorn Spruit. The column was ambushed so that the baggage and 5 guns of U Battery were lost. Q Battery came into action but had to withdraw without horses. They man-handled the guns to safety under extremely dangerous and arduous conditions. Lord Roberts declared that the whole battery deserved the VC but under Rule 13 (collective gallantry) confined the award to four individuals, decided by ballot. The drivers voted for Horace Glasock, and he was presented with his medal by Queen Victoria at her last investiture at Windsor Castle on 15 Dec 1900. Glasock survived the Boer War and remained in the RHA until 1911. He emigrated to South Africa with his wife and lived in Johannesburg. When WW1 broke out he worked as a Conductor with Transports and remounts in the South African Service Corps. Sadly he died young, on 20 October 1916, aged 36. He is buried in Maitland Cemetery, Cape Town.

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