Rorkes Drift Battle, 22nd January 1879
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RORKE'S DRIFT
22nd January 1879
British Army - Zulu War 1879 - Natal
Zulu War Military History Art Prints By Acclaimed Naval Artist Mark Churms

Scroll Down to See detailed prints and paintings of B Company, 2nd Battalion, 24th Foot (South Wales Borderers Infantry Regiment), Victoria Cross recipients and Zulu Warriors..
Rorkes Drift  1879 Victoria Cross winner  - Click Me! EVE OF DISTINCTION, 3.30pm
Lieutenant John Rouse Merriot Chard, Royal Engineers, was supervising repairs on the military pont on the Mzinyathi river, at the border crossing at Rorke's Drift, when survivors brought news that the advanced British camp at Isandhlwana had been over-run by the Zulus, and that a wing of the Zulu army was on its way to attack Rorke's Drift. Chard ordered Driver Robson to pack up the wagon and return to the mission station, where a stockpile of supplies was under the guard of B Company, 2/24th Regiment....
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ZULU WARRIORS ATTACK - Click Me! INTO THE FIRE! 4.50pm
Crouching low behind their shields, the warriors of the uThulwana, iNdlondo and uDloko regiments advance around the foot of Shiyane hill. Led by their commander, Prince Dabulamnzi kaMpnade, the main Zulu force attacks the British outpost at Rorke's Drift, 4.50pm, 2nd January 1879.
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Rorkes Drift  1879 Victoria Cross winner  - Click Me! WOUNDED! 6pm
After the initial Zulu assault on the back wall of the post failed, a fire-fight broke out between Zulu snipers posted on the terraces of the Shiyane (Oskarsberg) Hill and the defenders posted behind the barricade of wagons and mealie-bags. This section of the wall as commanded by Sergeant Henry Gallagher, of B Company. Corporal Lyons was leaning over the barricade to aim when he was hit in the neck by a bullet which paralysed him; as his friend, Corporal Allen, bent to help him, Allen too was shot through the arm. In the foreground Corporal Attwood of the Army Service Corps distributes ammunition. The wall was abandoned shortly after and the British retired to the small area in front of the storehouse. Allen was later awarded the VC, and Attwood the DCM.
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Rorkes Drift  1879 Victoria Cross winner  - Click Me! POT THAT FELLOW! 6pm
British Army Acting Assistant Commissary J.L. Dalton (Commissariat and Transport Department) and Colour Sergeant F. Bourne ( B Company, 2nd Battalion, 24th Infantry Regiment of Foot (South Wales Borderers)) during the battle of Rorke's Drift, defending the front wall barricade at about 6pm. Both men will receive Victoria Crosses for their actions in this desperate fight. Just one picture in a series of paintings of the defense of Rorke's drift in Natal, by artist Mark Churms..
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RORKES DRIFT, VC RECIPIENTS - Click Me! PINNED LIKE RATS IN A HOLE, 6pm
Zulus first forced their way into the hospital building where some thirty patients were defended by a handful of able-bodied men. A running fight ensued as the patients were evacuated from room to room, a desperate struggle made all the more terrible when the Zulus set fire to the thatched roof. Here Private Alfred Henry Hook holds Zulus of the uThulwana regiment at bay whilst Private John Williams helps a patient escape; Hook received a head wound when a spear struck off his helmet
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RORKES DRIFT, VC RECIPIENTS - Click Me! LAST MAN OUT! 7pm
Welsh Privates Robert Jones and William Jones dodge Zulus and assegais as they evacuate the last of the patients from the burning hospital at Rorke's Drift. Both men, soldiers of the British Army, from B Company, 2nd Battalion, 24th Infantry Regiment of Foot (South Wales Borderers) will receive Victoria Crosses for their actions in this desperate fight.
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RORKES DRIFT, VC RECIPIENTS - Click Me! PLUGGING THE GAP, 7.30pm
British Army Lieutenant Gonville Bromhead shoots Zulus and protects Private Hitch at the front barricade at Rorke's Drift in Natal, 22nd January 18179. Both men, officer and private, from B Comapny, 2nd Battalion, 24th Infantry Regiment of Foot (South Wales Borderers) will receive the Victoria Cross for their actions in this desperate fight. This is just on ein a series of art prints by Mark Churms depicting the battle of the Defense of Rorke's Drift in Natal.
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