Frank William Baxter
(29 December 1869
-22 April 1896
) was a Rhodesian
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
Born on December 29
, Baxter was 26 years old, and a Trooper
in the Bulawayo Field Force
during the Matabeleland Rebellion
, when, on April 22
), near Umguza
), Baxter gave up his horse to a wounded comrade who was lagging behind, with an enemy force in hot pursuit. Baxter then tried to escape on foot, hanging on to the stirrup
of another mounted scout of the Bulawayo Field Force
, until he was hit in the side by enemy fire. He let go of the stirrup and died moments later.
Baxter is buried at Bulawayo Town Cemetery, Bulawayo, Zimbabwe. Baxter's medal is not publicly held.