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Battle Field Tour of Zulu Land

My numerous journeys to Battlefields has taken me around the U.K ,europe,and America but in a few weeks my ambition of visiting the battlefields of the Anglo Zulu war will be realised and to make  it even more special my favourite AZW author Ian Knight will be our guide .Visiting most of the main battle fields and sites of the war we will be stopping in Shakaland zulu village , built for the TV series shaka zulu it now is part living village and part resort , then we move off to a game reseerve for a few days and then onto Isandlwana Lodge for the last few days .I am sure I will bore you all with lots of pictures and tales .The Tour book arrived Our names in print with the great mans ..The Itinerary 

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Zulu War Graves London

A quick 2 day trip to London allowed us to visit a few graves , we missed a lot due to shortage of  time but that gives  us an excuse to visit again .First stop was Chiswick for Fred Hitch VC , a well liked and Brave soldier he fought on with as severe wound ,his popularity continued after the war as his amazing grave stone shows a beutiful monument paid for by public subscription .Fred's Monument ,suitable for Royalty I did a bit of modelling so those that know me can gauge the size of this (im 6ft2")Our Next stop was Brompton there are quite a few AZW veterans here ,plus lots of other amazing people ,veterans of waterloo even a indian chief ,but time allowed us to only find 2 graves  , Lord Chelmsford the villain of the AZW and Charles Robert St Leger Shervington a hero of Eshowe who was recommended for a VC but didnt receive it possibly as he was a volunteer officer in the NNC rather than regular .Sadly he later took his own life ,his body found by his father who he is buried with .His

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Graves of the Rorkes Drift Defenders -

Today we visited the Graves of 3 Rorkes Drift Defenders 2 in Runcorn and the third in Liverpool .Thomas Taylor and Thomas Moffat in Runcorn and Thomas Burke the one  in Liverpool .A strange coincidence all shared the same christian name , Moffats grave was very nice with a small engraved image of the defence ,Taylors was a little hard to find and is very worn .Burkes was also weather worn but still very impressive . This brings us to a total of 31 graves of the RD defenders graves visited plus another 15 from other AZW battles .

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Zulu War Graves -Trooper Robert Brown

Robert Brown a Yorkshireman was Redvers Bullers olrderly ,he was a member of the Frontier Light Horse and won the DCM.He was probably with Buller at Zunquin Nek , Hhlobane and Khambula sadly he drowned in an accident in 1881 .The inscription on this reads =Here rest the remains of Robert Brown Beloved son of William and Elizabeth Brown of Brough accidentaly drowned on 7th July 1881 aged 36 years.so teach us to number our days so we may apply our heaarts to wisdom.Psalmxc.12This side reads= This monument was erected ingrateful remembrance of his devoted gallant service by Colonel REDVERS BULLER /As the cold of snow in the time of harvest ,so it is a faithful messenger to those that send him . Pros xxv 13

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Portsmouth Historic Dockyard

All I can say about this amazing place is if you are interested in Naval History and you haven't visited yet GO , really this is the place for Royal Navy Buffs .Amongst the many things to see are HMS Victory ,Nelsons flag ship at Trafalgar ,a really fascinating ship it took us about an hour and a half to walk round and listen to the facts abiout the ship ,Nelson and the battle ,beware of aa stiff neck though once we got below decks I was stooped all the time ,there is also the Nelson museum to visit.  nearby is HMS M33 the last surviving ship that fought at Gallipoli .HMS Warrior 1860  at the time the largest ,fastest and most powerful ship in the world .Until December this year there is agreat exhibit "36 hours Jutland 1916 " this alone is worth the visit .There are many exhibits and museums plus attractions for the kids ,take the water bus to Gosport for the subamarine musem and a harbour tour around the modern Royal Navy ships and the Napoleonic forts . A few tips if you are going buy the full na

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Graves of the heroes of the Zulu War-Lieutenant Alan Richard Hill-Walker VC

This chap served in Natal during the AZW and later won his VC during the Boer war for trying to save afellow officer under fire .Most internet sites show him being buried at Howarth , he is not he is resting in the lovely churchyard in Maunby North Yorkshire ,the grave also mentions his son who sadly died before him whilst serving in the second world war

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