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Sir Reginald Clare Hart
Born (1848-06-11)June 11, 1848
Died October 18, 1931(1931-10-18) (aged 83)
Place of birth Scarriff, County Clare
Place of death Bournemouth, Dorset
Buried at St Mary's Churchyard, Netherbury
Allegiance  United Kingdom of Great Britain and Ireland
Service/branch Flag of the British Army.svg British Army
Rank General
Unit Royal Engineers
Commands held Commander of Cape Colony
Battles/wars Second Anglo-Afghan War
Awards Victoria Cross
Order of the Bath
Royal Victorian Order
Royal Humane Society's Silver Medal
Other work Lieutenant Governor of Guernsey
Colonel Commandant, Royal Engineers

General Sir Reginald Clare Hart, VC, GCB, KCVO (11 June 1848 – 18 October 1931), was an Irish recipient of the Victoria Cross, the highest and most prestigious award for gallantry in the face of the enemy that can be awarded to British and Commonwealth forces.


Hart was born at Scarriff, County Clare and educated at Cheltenham College.[1] He was 30 years old, and a lieutenant in the Corps of Royal Engineers, British Army during the Second Anglo-Afghan War when the following deed took place on 31 January 1879 in the Bazar Valley, Afghanistan, for which he was awarded the Victoria Cross:

For his gallant conduct in risking his own life in endeavouring to save the life of a private soldier. The Lieutenant-General commanding the 2nd Division Peshawar Field Force, reports that when on convoy duty with that Force on 31st January, 1879, Lieutenant Hart, of the Royal Engineers, took the initiative in running some 1,200 yards to the rescue of a wounded Sowar of the 13th Bengal Lancers in a river bed exposed to the fire of the enemy, of unknown strength, from both flanks, and also from a party in the river bed. Lieutenant Hart reached the wounded Sowar, drove off the enemy, and brought him under cover with the aid of some soldiers who accompanied him on the way.[2]

He later achieved the rank of general becoming General Officer Commanding Thames District in 1902. He served as Lieutenant Governor of Guernsey from 1914 to 1918.[3] He died at Bournemouth, Dorset on 18 October 1931.

Sir Reginald Clare Hart's body is buried in St Marys Churchyard, Netherbury, Dorset, England.[4]

Grave at St Marys Churchyard, Netherbury


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Government offices
Preceded by
Sir Henry Lawson
Lieutenant Governor of Guernsey
1914 – 1918
Succeeded by
Sir Launcelot Kiggell

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