Ken Gillings on battles, Isandlwana, Rorke’s Drift, and VCs

Ken Gillings in full swing at Isandlwana

Ken Gillings in full swing at Isandlwana

First an apology – in a previous post on The Phraser I stated, incorrectly, that the defence of Rorke’s Drift earned the highest number of Victoria Crosses ever for a single action.  I was wrong.

I turned to Ken Gillings for advice. He allowed me to use the article that follows to clarify the position.

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The Graphic May 1879: news on the same world – not much change

The Zulu War - with the Natal Native Contingent: Officers' Drill

The Zulu War – with the Natal Native Contingent: Officers’ Drill

The way the world looked from London in May 1879

The Graphic, an illustrated weekly newspaper from London, takes a sweep around the world and hands back what it sees.   Here are some cuttings – the text and illustrations are as produced in the original publication.  The award of the Victoria Cross to the “gallant” defenders of Rorke’s Drift is covered in a paragraph.  

I have added links to similar articles in recent news – if you have the time please click.  Not much seems to change except in the matter of gloves.

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