THE HEADSTONE OVER THE GRAVE OF BRIGADIER GUY HUDLESTON BOISRAGON IN KENSAL GREEN CEMETERY, WEST LONDON, HAS BEEN REPLACED.
4 May 2006

Following the Service of Dedication of the Victoria Cross and George Cross Memorial in Westminster Abbey on 14th May 2003, the sum left over from the general fundraising was set aside by the VC & GC Association to be spent on the refurbishment and maintenance of graves of Victoria Cross holders.

Two projects immediately sprang to mind in Kensal Green Cemetery, West London, where the graves of Guy Boisragon VC and John Manners Smith VC had seriously deteriorated to a point where the top headstones on both graves were completely missing. It was decided to replace the original stone over Boisragon's grave with a completely new one and this was carried out on 4th May 2006, a re-dedication ceremony taking place at the same time. Representatives from the family were present as was Major Tim Buckley ( 5th Royal Gurkha Rifles Regimental Association ) and representatives of those who had financed the replacement stone, Lady Bilimoria and the VC & GC Association.


Boisragon's grave:
before and after


For the award of the Victoria Cross.

[ London Gazette, 12 July 1892 ], Nilt Fort, Hunza Campaign, India, 2 December 1891, Lieutenant Guy Hudleston Boisragon, 5th Gurkha Rifles.

For his conspicuous bravery in the assault and capture of the Nilt Fort, on 2nd December 1891. This Officer led the assault with dash and determination, and forced his way through difficult obstacles to the inner gate, when he returned for reinforcements, moving intrepidly to and fro under a heavy cross-fire until he had collected sufficient men to relieve the hardly pressed storming party and drive the enemy from the fort.


Medal entitlement of Brigadier Guy Boisragon - 5th Gurkha Rifles

  • Victoria Cross
  • India General Service Medal ( 1854-95 )
    • 5 clasps:
    • "Hazari 1888" - "Hazara 1891" - "Samana 1891" - "Hunza 1891" - "Waziristan 1894-95"
  • India Medal ( 1895-1902 )
    • 3 clasps:
    • "Punjab Frontier 1897-98" - "Samana 1897" - "Tirah 1897-98"
  • 1914 - 15 Star
  • British War Medal ( 1914-20 )
  • Victory Medal ( 1914-19 ) + MiD Oakleaf
  • Order of the Nile ( 4th Class ) ( Egypt )

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Iain Stewart, 05 July 2006