Queens Own Highlanders

(Seaforth & Camerons)

Regimental Association

Sergeant Donald Farmer VC

Sgt. Donald Farmer VC 1st Cameron Highlanders

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Sergeant Donald Farmer of the 1st Cameron Highlanders wins the Victoria Cross for gallantry at Nooitgedacht 13th Dec. 1900.

The first Victoria Cross to be won by a Cameron Highlander was awarded to Sergeant Donald Farmer of the Mounted Infantry Company.

His citation reads:

“During the attack on General Clement’s camp at Nooitgedacht, December 13th 1900, Lieutenant Sandilands, Cameron Highlanders, with 15 men went to the assistance of a picquet which was heavily engaged, most of the men having been killed or wounded.  The enemy, who where hidden by trees, opened fire on the party at a range of about twenty yards, killing two men and wounding five, including Lieutenant Sandilands.  Sergeant Farmer at once went to the officer, who was perfectly helpless and carried him away under a heavy and close fire to a place of comparative safety, after which he returned to the firing line and was eventually taken prisoner.”

(London Gazette 12 April 1901)