Many people know about the VC's awarded at Rorkes Drift ,the most in a single action as depicted in the film Zulu ,but there were a large number of V.C'c & Distinguished conduct medals awarded during the short but bloody war . Below is a list of all the medals awarded ,where they were won with the dates ,the ones in RED are the gallant chaps whose graves we have visited .Isandlwana 22nd January 1879Victoria CrossLieutenant Nevill Josiah Aylmer Coghill ,1st Battalion ,24th (2nd Warwickshire ) RegimentLieutenant Teignmouth Melvill,1st Battalion ,24th (2nd Warwickshire ) RegimentPrivate Samuel Wassall ,80th Regiment (Staffordshire Volunteers)Rorke's Drift 22/23January 1879Victoria CrossLieutenant John Rouse Merriott Chard ,5thCompany Corps of Royal Engineers Lieutenant Gonville Bromhead , 2nd Battalion 24th (2nd Warwickshire ) RegimentCorporal William Wilson Allan 2nd Battalion 24th (2nd Warwickshire ) Regiment Private Frederick Hitch 2nd Battalion 24t
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 .
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
We have just spent 8 days in Devon and 2 days in Portsmouth so whilst there and on the way down and back we visited as many graves and memorials for the survivors of the Anglo - Zulu war as we possibly could ,I know we missed some and could not get entry to a couple of memorials and tombs due to locked churches but below are the fellows we visited in the order we found them .We tried when possible to give the markers a good clean as we usually do but we did have limited time as we had other places to visit and things to do .LT Henry Lysonswon his VC at Hhlobane was also at Kambula and Ulundi HENRY MARTIN Defender of Rorkes Drift Thomas Dawanother Rorkes Drift survivorSir REDVERS BULLER VCHis Grave and a wonderful memorial inside the church WILLIAM WILCOX Rorked Drift Defender a new headstone was dedicated as original grave was unmarked Gen HENRY HOPE CREALOCK Comander of the first division well regarded in private life and the subject of a very nice local inn the
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
After visiting Booth's Grave we went onto the museum which holds his VC ,a fantastic place lots to see and wonderful staff . A must visit thats got lots tosee and lots for the kids as well.A rather splendid diorama of the battle of Ulundi using flats&
Made 5 piurchases to add to my Zulu war library ,the first is really about the famous movie rather that the actaul events but ive been after ZULU with some guts behind it ,by Stepehen Hall , for a while as it sold out almost straight away and the the p...