Second Boer War Victoria Cross Recipient. The 10th Baronet of Halnaby, he was gazetted with the award on July 6, 1900 for his actions as a lieutenant in the 10th Hussars of the British Army on January 5, 1900, near Colesberg, South Africa. Born into a prestigious family, he attended Harrow School in Harrow, London, England, where he became friends with Winston Churchill. In November 1892 he joined the 10th Hussars of the British Army and served as an Aide-de-Camp to British General John French in the Second Boer War, during which he won the Victoria Cross for gallantry. In 1910 he retired from the British Army but the outbreak of World War I in July 1914, he rejoined with the Sherwood Rangers Yeomanry as a lieutenant colonel and was killed in combat at the age of 42 near Suvla, Turkey during the Gallipoli Campaign and his body was never recovered. His Victoria Cross citation reads: "On the 5th January, 1900, during a reconnaissance near Colesberg, Sir John Miibanke, when retiring under fire with a small patrol of the 10th Hussars, notwithstanding the fact that he had just been severely wounded in the thigh, rode back to the assistance of one of the men whose pony was exhausted, and who was under fire from some Boers who had dismounted. Sir John Miibanke took the man up on his own horse under a most galling fire and brought him safely back to camp." In addition to the Victoria Cross, he also received the Queen's South Africa Medal (1899, with six clasps), the 1914-15 Star, the British War Medal (1914-20), the Victory Medal (1914-19), and the King George V Coronation Medal (1911). His Victoria Cross and other medals are on display at The King's Royal Hussars Museum in Winchester, Hampshire, England. (bio by: William Bjornstad)
Burial: Helles Memorial Gallipoli Canakkale, Turkey Plot: No Known Grave; his name is listed on Panel 16.
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