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John David Francis Shaul
Birth: Sep. 10, 1873
Kings Lynn
Kings Lynn and West Norfolk Borough
Norfolk, England
Death: Sep. 13, 1953
Ekurhuleni Metropolitan Municipality
Gauteng, South Africa

Second Boer War Victoria Cross Recipient. He received the award from Prince George, the Duke of York on August 14, 1901 at Pietermaritzburg, South Africa, for his actions as a corporal in the 1st Battalion, Highland Light Infantry, British Army on December 11, 1899 at the Battle of Magersfontein, South Africa, during the Second Boer War. Born in King's Lynn, Norfolk, England, his father served in the British Army during the Crimean War. He attended the Duke of York's School at Chelsea, London, England, and at age 15 he joined the Highland Light Infantry and was sent to Crete in 1898 and then on to South Africa where he won the Victoria Cross for gallantry. From 1903 until 1904 he served in Egypt and the Sudan and was then sent to British India where he left the British Army in 1909. In 1910 he emigrated to South Africa and worked at a gold mine near Boksburg. In December 1915 he enlisted with the 5th South African Infantry and served in East Africa until he was discharged for health reasons the following year and returned to South Africa and his employment at the gold mine from which he retired in 1948. He died in Boksburg, South Africa at the age of 80. His Victoria Cross citation reads: "J Shaul, Corporal, Highland Light Infantry. Date of Act of Bravery: 11 December 1899. On the 11th December 1899, during the Battle of Magersfontein, Corporal Shaul was observed, not only by the officers of his own battalion, but by several officers of other regiments, to perform several specific acts of bravery. Corporal Shaul was in charge of stretcher-bearers; but at one period of the battle he was seen encouraging men to advance across the open. He was most conspicuous during the day in dressing men's wounds, and in one case he came, under a heavy fire, to a man who was lying wounded in the back, and with the utmost coolness and deliberation sat down beside the wounded man and proceeded to dress his wound. Having done this, he got up and went quietly to another part of the field. This act of gallantry was performed, under a continuous and heavy fire, as coolly and quietly as if there had been no enemy near". In addition to the Victoria Cross, he received the Queen's South Africa Medal (1899, with three campaign clasps), the King's South Africa Medal (1902, with South Africa 1901 and South Africa 1902 clasps), the 1914-15 Star, the British War Medal (1914-20), the Victory Medal (1914-19), the King George VI Coronation Medal, the Long Service and Good Conduct Medal, and the Meritorious Service Medal. His Victoria Cross and other medals are retained in the Lord Ashcroft Collection at the British Imperial War Museum in London, England. (bio by: William Bjornstad) 
Boksburg Old Cemetery
Ekurhuleni Metropolitan Municipality
Gauteng, South Africa
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