Reginald Sartorius

Reginald Sartorius
Born 4 May 1841
Sintra, Portugal
Died 8 August 1907 (aged 66)
Cowes, Isle of Wight
Buried at St Mary's Churchyard, South Baddesley
Allegiance  United Kingdom
Service/branch  British Indian Army
Rank Major General
Battles/wars Bhutan War
Indian Mutiny
Second Anglo-Afghan War
Third Anglo-Ashanti War
Awards Victoria Cross
Order of St Michael and St George
Relations Admiral of the Fleet Sir George Rose Sartorius (father)
Major General Euston Henry Sartorius VC (brother)

Major General Reginald William Sartorius VC CMG (4 May 1841 8 August 1907) was a 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.


Sartorius was 32 years old, and a major in the 6th Bengal Cavalry, British Indian Army, during the First Ashanti Expedition when the following deed took place for which he was awarded the VC.

On 17 January 1874 during the attack on Abogu, Ashanti (now Ghana), Major Sartorius removed, under heavy fire, a mortally wounded Houssa non-commissioned officer and placed him under cover. His citation read:

For having during the attack on Abogoo, on the 17th January last, removed from under a heavy fire Serjeant-Major Braimah Doctor, a Housa Non-Commissioned Officer, who was mortally wounded, and placed him under cover.[1]

Further information

His father was Admiral of the Fleet Sir George Rose Sartorius and his brother was Major General Euston Henry Sartorius VC. Educated at Victoria College, Jersey. He later achieved the rank of major general having served in the Second Anglo-Afghan War and the Bhutan War.

The medal

His Victoria Cross is displayed at the National Army Museum, Chelsea, London.


  1. The London Gazette: (Supplement) no. 24145. p. 5113. 31 March 1874. Retrieved 11 January 2011.

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