Gustavus Hamilton Blenkinsopp Coulson

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Gustavus Hamilton Blenkinsopp Coulson
Born 1 April 1879
Wimbledon, England
Died 18 May 1901 (aged 22)
Lambrechtfontein, Orange Free State
Buried at Lambrechtfontein
Allegiance  United Kingdom
Service/branch Flag of the British Army.svg British Army
Years of service 1899-1901 
Rank Lieutenant
Unit Green Howards
The King's Own Scottish Borderers
Battles/wars Second Boer War
Awards Victoria Cross
Distinguished Service Order

Gustavus Hamilton Blenkinsopp Coulson VC DSO (1 April 1879 – 18 May 1901) was an English recipient of the Victoria Cross.


Coulson was educated at Winchester College. He was 22 years old, and a lieutenant and Adjutant in the 1st Battalion, The King's Own Scottish Borderers, British Army during the Second Boer War when the following deed took place on 18 May 1901 at Lambrechtfontein, South Africa, for which he was awarded the VC:

This Officer during a rear-guard action, near Lambrecht Fontein, on the 18th of May, 1901, seeing Corporal Cranmer, 7th Mounted Infantry, dismounted, his horse having been shot, remained behind and took him up on his own horse. He rode a short distance, when the horse was shot, and both Lieutenant Coulson and the Corporal were brought to the ground. Lieutenant Coulson told Corporal Cranmer to get along with the wounded horse as best he could, and he would look after himself. Corporal Cranmer got on the horse and rode away to the column. No. 4792 Corporal Shaw (Lincolns), 7th Mounted Infantry, seeing Lieutenant Coulson's position of danger, rode back through the rear-guard, and took him up on his horse. A few minutes later Corporal Shaw was shot through the body, and there is reason to believe that Lieutenant Coulson was wounded also, as he fell off his horse. Corporal Shaw fell off a few minutes later. This Officer on many occasions throughout the Campaign displayed great coolness and gallantry under fire.[1]

The medal

His Victoria Cross is displayed at the Regimental Museum of The Kings Own Scottish Borderers, Berwick upon Tweed, Northumberland, England.


  1. The London Gazette: no. 27462. p. 5085. 8 August 1902. Retrieved 27 October 2009.