DALTON, James Langley.
Acting Assistant Commissary. Commissariat and Transport
Department. (Royal Army Service Corps).
London Gazetted on 17th November, 1879.
Born in December 1832 (actual date not known) in London.
Died on 8th January, 1887 at Port Elizabeth, South
Memorial at grave in Russell Road Cemetery, Port
Elizabeth, South Africa.
Digest of Citation reads:
On 22nd January, 1879 at Rorke's Drift, Natal , South
Africa, Acting Assistant Commissary Dalton actively
superintended the work of defence and was amongst the
foremost of those who received the first attack at the
corner of the hospital, where the deadliness of his fire
checked the mad rush of the enemy. He saved the life of
a man in the Army Hospital Corps by shooting the Zulu
who was attacking him. Although wounded himself this
officer continued to give the same example of cool
courage throughout the action .
4 Victoria Crosses and 1 George cross have been awarded
to members of the regiment.
VC's: Michael Murphy,
GC's: Joseph Hughes