was born in Ivybridge on 6th May 1847 to Edmund Hartley and Sarah Baron. He received the highest and most prestigious award for gallantry in the face of the enemy that can be awarded to British and Commonwealth forces, the Victoria Cross.
Aged 32 and a Surgeon Major in the Cape Mounted Riflemen, South African Forces, he attended the wounded under fire at the unsuccessful attack at Morosi’s Mountain during the Basuto War in South Africa, on 5th June 1879. From an exposed position, on open ground, he carried in his arms a wounded corporal of the Cape Mounted Riflemen. The surgeon major then returned under severe enemy fire to dress the wounds of the other men of the storming party.
In 1901 he was appointed a Companion of the Order of St Michael and St George.
Edmund died 20th March 1919 at Ash, Hampshire and is buried at Brookwood Cemetery.
In 2013 the community of Ivybridge arranged a plaque to commemorate Hartley’s extreme bravery. This is located at St Johns Church in Ivybridge.
Recipient of the Victoria Cross