What Happened to the Victoria Cross Soldiers After Rorke's Drift

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The History Chap

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Yıl önce

What happened to the Rorke’s Drift Victoria Cross heroes after the battle?
Chris Green (The History Chap) explores thier stories.
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Since the Victoria Cross was instituted in 1856, Britain’s highest medal for gallantry has been awarded just over 1,300 times.
11 of them were awarded to the defenders of Rorke’s Drift in 1879 fought during the Anglo-Zulu war, when a small force of under 150 British soldiers hold off a 10 hour attack by over 4,000 Zulus.
But what happened to those Victoria Cross winners after the event?
So, I have gone on a journey of discovery find out their stories.
My journey took me to the Royal Welsh Regimental Museum in Brecon and to some of the Rorke’s Drift VC graves.
Rorke’s Drift Victoria Cross Winners
1) Lt. John Chard (Royal Engineers)
He remained in the army for the rest of his career.
He died of cancer of the tongue in 1897 whilst staying with his brother, in Hatch Beachaup, Somerset.
He was buried in the churchyard.
2) Lt. Gonville Bromhead.
Bromhead, served out the rest of his days in the army rising to the rank of Major.
He died of Typhoid whilst stationed in India and is buried in a military cemetery at Allahabad.
3) Corporal William Allen.
After the war, Allen returned to south Wales where he married, had 7 children
He died of Influenza in 1890 (aged 45) and is buried in Monmouth.
4) Private Frederick Hitch
Frederick Hitch was invalided out of the army after Rorke’s Drift on a pension of £10pa.
Hitch eventually became a London cab driver and when he died in 1913, over 1,000 London taxis joined his funeral procession to churchyard in Chiswick, west London.
5) James Langley Dalton
Acting Assistant Commissary, Dalton became at the age of 46 the oldest defender at Rorke’s Drift to be awarded the VC.
After the war, he bought shares in a South African goldmine and died in Port Elizabeth in 1887.
6) Surgeon James Henry Reynolds
After the battle of Rorke’s Drift, this army medical officer, remained in the army for the next 17 years.
He finally died in 1932 and is buried in the Roman Catholic section of Kensall Green Rise Cemetery in London.
7) John Williams Fielding
Returned to south Wales where he married and had 5 children.
He volunteered in WW1 (at the age of 55) and spent the war serving on the depot staff at Brecon.
The last surviving VC winner, he died in 1932 and is buried at Cwmbran in south Wales.
8) Private Henry Hook
Upon leaving the army in 1880, he became a janitor at the British Museum.
He retired to his native Gloucestershire, where he died of Tuberculosis and was laid to rest in the village of Churcham, where he had been born.
9) Corporal Christian Ferdinand Scheiss
As a member of the Natal Native Contingent he became the first person, serving with a South African military unit to be awarded the Victoria Cross.
5 years after the war he was found in Cape Town begging in the street and suffering from malnutrition and exposure.
10) Private William Jones
He ended up in Manchester where in later life, he had recurring nightmares about the fight.
By 1910 he was reduced entering the workhouse in Manchester and had to pawn his Victoria Cross.
When he died in 1913, he was buried in a paupers grave.
11) Private Robert Jones
Became a labourer in Herefordshire but was plagued by recurring nightmares of that desperate fight against the Zulus in the hospital.
On the 6th September 1898 he was found dead from a gunshot wound to his head.
His headstone was turned to face in the opposite direction of all the other gravestones in the churchyard at Peterchurch, to show the stigma of suicide at that time.
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@roberthouseman3200 10 aylar önce
I have always been fascinated by the Battle of Rork's Drift, and been inspired by the raw bravery of how under 100 British soldiers could take on and defeat over 4,000 brave Zulus, held together by the leadership of their officers and their own discipline & training. On a recent visit to India, I found the grave of Gonville Bromhead in Allerabad - it was covered in growth so I paid the locals to remove all the rubbish & brushwood and hence return this brave VC winner to the sunlight; it was an honour so to do
@TheHistoryChap 10 aylar önce
Wow, that is one of the graves I haven’t been too. So much British military history has some sort of connection to India.
@Digmen1 9 aylar önce
Wow, thats amazing, and well done
@BobBelson 9 aylar önce
Bravo Sir..
@adamp5879 4 aylar önce
Il be visiting his grave in December. Aside from Scheiss obviously it will be the last Rorkes drift VC winners grave I have left to visit.
@samrodian919 3 aylar önce
Thank you for honouring him, as he like all the others deserved it.
@harkinsclark1417 Yıl önce
Frederick Hitch VC is a relative of mine, and Frederick is a common middle name in our family. Just to fill in a couple of gaps for you 🙂, the story about being robbed of his VC has always been taken with a pinch of salt within the family for reasons too numerous to go into here, he had nine children who survived out of childhood one of which he called Victoria and one of his granddaughters was still alive in the 1980s living in the white city area of London where my branch of the family come from. Another branch left the UK and settled in America. Right up until the 1990s if your surname was Hitch and you Excelled at school then the British army came recruiting. It's my understanding that the regiment now has both the original VC and the reissued one although I never followed that information up because I myself left the UK 20 years ago.
@davethebrahman9870 Yıl önce
He did very well in that fight.
@TheHistoryChap Yıl önce
Thank you for taking the time to comment.
@leanatale7251 11 aylar önce
Living in the uk today feels like being transported back to Rorkes Drift
@davethebrahman9870 11 aylar önce
@@leanatale7251 Yeah, but without any officers or Martini Henrys.
@jkjhkerbybargoedmidglamwal9282 7 aylar önce
Then you can feel justly proud This old soldier 🫡 his memory. Whilst ive reservations about Britain being there at all is besides the point ......He Was one Brave Man who 🫡🇬🇧🫡
@robg5958 Yıl önce
As ever, a very informative video. The British Army has a poor record on the care of it's heroes and veterans. My uncle was a prisoner of the Japanese in Burma and for the rest of his life he suffered terribly from the effects of malaria, malnutrition and the barbaric Japanese guards who pulled out his fingernails as a punishment. He received no psychological treatment upon returning home and turned to drink on many occasions in his attempts to ward off his demons. Thankfully the army of today seems to understand PTSD.
@TheHistoryChap Yıl önce
Thanks for sharing that very personal story. The army might not get it 100% right now but I guess the support (& understanding of PTSD) is better than in the past. If you haven’t already, please make sure to subscribe for future videos. trshow.info Chris
@TheMachines 10 aylar önce
Same with my grandfather , he died from malaria after Burma. No help, no recognition. Nothing.
@artcoffey 9 aylar önce
MY father's cousin was taken prisoner by the Japanese in Singapore and spent about four years working on the building of the Burma Railway in Thailand. He was forced to bury his friend alive after his friend had been tortured...
@mairiconnell6282 21 gün önce
@@TheHistoryChap the understanding of PTSD is worldwide now and fully scientifically documented. However, the Army's response is to medically discharge sufferers, before Pension Pay outs. Therefore, many suffer in silence just to get that pension hop off point. Recognising and proper response is a miss match sadly.
@matthewjones9565 Yıl önce
Robert Jones is my Great Great Great Grandfather. A source of great pride within the family, and also us being a long standing military family, (Every generation has served and unfortunately been to war). A final point, contrary to popular belief it wasn't the South Wales Borderers who fought at Rorke's Drift, it was actually the Warwickshire Regiment. They became the South Wales Borderers 2 years after the Zulu war was over. History was brought forward in the film because Stanley Baker was Welsh and he wanted more "Welshness" in the film.
@TheHistoryChap Yıl önce
Matthew, thank you for sharing your family story. You are right about the regimental name ( they only became the SWB in 1881). Stanley Baker gave it a Welsh spin whereas the reality was that they were in the minority (actually as many Irish as Welsh fighting there!)
@kendignam6892 Yıl önce
You.must be very proud🙏
@matthewjones9565 3 aylar önce
@@kendignam6892 We're all very proud. I took my children to the Imperial War Museum where his medal is on display, even my 10 year old daughter who has no interest in history, "Because it's boring", teared up a little. I have 10 medals of my own which mean very little to me if I'm honest. All they do is remind me of things that I'd rather forget, but I'm incredibly proud of him and to be related to him.
@kevinkenny6975 2 aylar önce
Yes you are correct. I'm from Warwickshire and love military history and especially the zulu wars. I found this out a few years ago but nobody seems to know as they just refer to the film.
@ericwilliams2317 Yıl önce
I used to visit Hitch's grave quite often as it's near my old home in Hammersmith. It's certainly a very impressive monument to a brave man and believe the small white stone plaque with a VC engraved into it on the right of the photo was stolen once or twice, which is a pretty sick thing to do in my opinion, but was replaced from time to time. Incidentally, the part of 'Surgeon Reynold' was played in the movie by the actor Patrick Magee, who was the father of a very good friend of mine and also lived fairly close to the cemetery.
@TheHistoryChap Yıl önce
Eric, you are right about Hitch's memorial being impressive. Nice to hear about your connection to the film too. Chris trshow.info
@welshman8954 Yıl önce
As a welshman and a vet of 2 royal welsh who's predecessors were at rorks drift I just want to say thank you (diolch) for bringing this incredible moment in British/welsh history to life again and 11 V.C not bad atall
@TheHistoryChap Yıl önce
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@clementjones7277 8 aylar önce
The 2 Jones are related to me! My father Wilfred Jones came to Canada 1900. He served I ww1.
@eturfrey 2 aylar önce
As you are probably aware then being a veteran, it was the 2nd Warwickshire Regt at Rorke’s Drift. Of which there were Welsh, English and some Irish.
@JacquelineFox-xo6jn Aylar önce
See? ❤
@frankreynolds4547 5 aylar önce
Brilliant! Thank you for keeping their memory and all their brothers in arms heroism alive.
@TheHistoryChap 5 aylar önce
Nice words. Glad you liked the video.
@MrKato88 Yıl önce
I was aware that some of the VC repients fell on desperate times after the battle I had no idea of the scale of it though, another cracking video nonetheless, well done.
@TheHistoryChap Yıl önce
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@husker0415 11 aylar önce
Well done indeed! Keep up the excellent work, History Chap.
@jurgschupbach3059 2 aylar önce
the Gifts of a feudalistic class system are always giving
@jerryallen34 Yıl önce
Thank you. I visited both battlefields, Isandlwana and Rorkes Drift at the end of 1995 and it was a moving experience. To see the the area they fought in and stood their ground was amazing but the overwhelming feeling was, what on earth were they doing there? It's remote but back then it must of felt like the end of the earth, a differing attitude back then as it was all about conquest. There was a guy tending the hospital site when we got there who first ask me was I a relative (no) as that was the only type of people who visited at that time, and also asked did I know where all 11 were buried? No I didnt but now you have answered that question.
@TheHistoryChap Yıl önce
Glad I have helped Jerry.
@GrannySea Yıl önce
@@TheHistoryChap Some years ago I was reading a copy of "Country Life" or some other glossy in the doctor's waiting room, I came upon an article about Rorke's Drift, and it was said that various artefacts, like tunic buttons, belt buckles, etc were still being picked up off the battlefield - the local chidren would scavenge for items and then sell them to the tourists!
@m.o.1648 Aylar önce
​​@@GrannySeaYes, on the Isandlwana battlefield you can still find buttons, badges, buckles, metal remnants of rifles, bayonets and spears. The bodies of the people that died on the battlefield remained where they fell untouched. Even today you need permission from the local Zulu chief to go onto the actual battlefield. A bit of trivia as well. Some of the buttons, buckles and badges on the tunics of the casts uniforms in the movie Zulu. We're actually authentic items found at Isandlwana. Plus originals were used to cast and recreate items for the other uniforms.
@Go-cr2ip Yıl önce
While working in South Africa between 1993 and 1995, I visited Rourkes drift on my way back to Pretoria from a visit to Durban. I remember how remote the site was, and how the hill overlooking the Hospital area where the Zulu's first fired on the troops must have been terrifying. I do not think many people visited the site. I bought some postcards from a guy who I surpose "looked after" the place and took some photo's. I got into my car and continued with my journey. It was'nt until I saw this video by accident that I recalled my experience. I think I am a slightly better person for my visit. Thanks for making this video, it was really interesting to me.
@TheHistoryChap Yıl önce
Thank you so much for sharing your personal link to the battlefield. Glad you enjoyed my video. trshow.info
@joeritchie4554 7 aylar önce
This was so interesting. It answered a question for me. I figured that those who had served in such horrific battles would have PTSD, and you confirmed that belief for me.
@TheHistoryChap 7 aylar önce
Thanks for watching.
@robj4881 Yıl önce
Pte Robert Jones has the same name as myself. I was very saddened to find out many years ago that he took his own life. The good news in this video is that he did marry and had five children with his wife. They were all brave people at that battle. They should be remembered and respected for their courage against overwhelming odds.
@TheHistoryChap Yıl önce
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@pontecarlo4354 Yıl önce
Fantastic video thank you. I often think of Private Henry Hook when visiting The British Museum but wasn’t aware he died so soon after retirement. It’s also sad how he was portrayed in Zulu, so different from the truth. However here’s to all these brave men.
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@manonamountain Yıl önce
As much as he was portrayed, a bit of a 'bad lad', Hooky was everyones favourite, when i was a kid!
@robj4881 Yıl önce
It's so wrong that he was portrayed that way in the film. He was a decent man but at least the film got his courage and bravery right.
@harryshriver6223 4 aylar önce
I must say I truly enjoyed this episode you produced because too often you never hear about what happens afterwards. It was really awesome to learn about what happened after the battle I also have great respect for the way you defended the reputations some of the heroes of rorke's drift. Well-done, sir and kudos to you.
@TheHistoryChap 4 aylar önce
Glad you enjoyed it! Thanks for watching
@itsnotrightyouknow Yıl önce
Thank you very well put together. It is impossible to even try and imagine the terror and fear of that attack at Rorkes Drift, and then as many heros are, forgotten by society. So once again thank you for taking the time to research and out this video together.
@TheHistoryChap Yıl önce
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@the5thmusketeer215 Yıl önce
Very stalwart & courageous Men, who all deserve to be remembered. Some - in later life - fell upon hard times or were sadly, but very understandably, haunted by the hugely traumatic events of that fateful Day… Your admirable desire to seek out & relate a little of their individual tales, did them all proud, Chris. Thank you & well done… 🤝
@TheHistoryChap Yıl önce
Thank you for those poignant words and for your support. It was quite special visiting some of the graves.
@ronti2492 Yıl önce
Agree, that regi museum in Brecon is excellent! When I was on an exchange with the Brit Army in Catterick in 2012 , I visited Brecon and went walking in this beautiful area. It was interesting as I was always getting mistaken for a Gurkha. I should explain ( I did not know this before I went there) that the Gurkhas form a big part of the ? battle school which I think is based near the town (?). Consequently ,there are a number of ex-Gurkha soldier run businesses in the town, including several excellent eateries, which I am sure you noticed. I'm Australian, but my ancestors were from Malaya and of course the slouch hat is our standard head dress. Thus=easy to be mistaken for a Gurkha, although I must say Gurkhas are the finest group of men to be confused with, if one has the choice! And whilst I am here: thankyou for your videos and please keep them coming- indeed, I have subscribed!
@TheHistoryChap Yıl önce
Great story, Ron :) Yes, I did notice a few Gurkha restaurants in Brecon! Thanks for subscribing. Chris
@eclipse7436 2 aylar önce
You will find them in every garrison town, great allies but dangerous enemies, had many gurkhas I could call friends!
@dennismitchell5414 Yıl önce
Seeing the movie " ZULU " when I was seven years old sparked an interest in the British Army during Victorian times which brought me to this channel . Thank you for all the hard work you put in doing the research and making these videos . God bless you and stay safe.
@TheHistoryChap Yıl önce
Thank you for those very kind words.
@kristiannoel4866 Yıl önce
I was in both the royal engineers (there's a building in Gibraltar barracks called Chard V. C.) and the royal regiment of Wales during my time in the army. Even though I have been told of those events, the bravery of the men there never ceases to amaze me. Keep up the good work with your videos (this is the 6th video in a row of yours I've watched).
@TheHistoryChap Yıl önce
Thanks for those kind words.
@Nuseeker 10 aylar önce
Excellent as always. Very sad what happen to many of these heros. I served as a U.S. Marine more than fifty years ago and I was very moved by this. A warrior is a warrior regardless of nation or politics and I respect the warriors. I enjoy your videos very much sir! This has moved me to give financial support for your superb work.
@TheHistoryChap 5 aylar önce
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@LansMalherbe Yıl önce
Many thanks for this wonderful insights of these hero's lives. So sad that nothing has changed when soldiers return home. Rest in peace
@TheHistoryChap Yıl önce
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@lindaplatts7064 Yıl önce
Hi , this is one of my favourite episodes in military history , the way you presented this video was brilliant ,I love your channel , please keep it up .
@TheHistoryChap Yıl önce
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@hms_thunderchild5456 Yıl önce
Excellent video. These men were all extraordinary soldiers and they deserve to be remembered
@TheHistoryChap Yıl önce
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@howardamey7228 Yıl önce
Outstanding video and information. The gallantry, heroism, and sacrifice of these brave men shall never be equaled.
@TheHistoryChap Yıl önce
Thank you for your kind words
@josephnardone1250 Yıl önce
Absolutely an excellent video capturing the humanness of the men involved. You are right when you say that it is sad. Kipling was right: "Lest we forget."
@TheHistoryChap Yıl önce
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@fergalohearga9594 Yıl önce
Very well done and interesting ... incredibly sad how most of the lads ended up. There's a socialogy study in that for sure,
@TheHistoryChap Yıl önce
Thanks for those words
@kiwifruit27 Yıl önce
Thank you for sharing this. Truly sad how events too often destroy those who survive them later in life
@TheHistoryChap Yıl önce
Thanks for taking the time to comment.
@russbarker2727 Yıl önce
Fascinating, and sad stuff. Thank you for a very informative video History Chap. Well presented. So sad that some of Britains national heroes end their days in sadness.
@TheHistoryChap Yıl önce
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@jmc7034 Yıl önce
Would you cover other VC winners in the same formate? Love what you’ve done❤️❤️❤️
@TheHistoryChap Yıl önce
Intending to do so, although with 1358 recipients it might take some time! Watch this space.
@JP89SE3 10 aylar önce
Another excellent video, Chris, thank you. I daresay that many of the other participants there - the often forgotten non-VC winners - also fell on hard times.
@TheHistoryChap 10 aylar önce
Unfortunately, I think we can assume they did.
@johnobrien7793 Yıl önce
Loved this video! I loved learning about what happened to all these people. Thanks again from across the pond!
@TheHistoryChap Yıl önce
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@TheWoodyman95 Yıl önce
Thank you for making this video, it’s very interesting and I’ve learnt a lot. I’m a descendant of Cpl William Allen and I’ve been trying to learn more about him and the people at Rorke’s drift. Thanks again keep up the hard work.
@TheHistoryChap Yıl önce
Thanks, Elliot. Have you been to his grave in Monmouth? By the way, if you haven’t already, please make sure to subscribe for future videos. trshow.info
@TheWoodyman95 Yıl önce
I haven’t yet, I’m planning to go this summer and I’m hoping to visit the Welsh borderers museum as well. Yes just subscribed, I look forward to watching more of your videos.
@bullwinkle5445 Yıl önce
"It is Tommy this and Tommy that and it's Tommy how's your soul. But it's thin red line of hero's when the drums begin to roll"-R Kipling
@TheHistoryChap Yıl önce
Thanks for commenting.
@bullwinkle5445 Yıl önce
@@TheHistoryChap Thanks but you made a worthy video. These VC receivers remind me a lot of Ira Hays
@g4joe Yıl önce
Yes I'll never forget what's his name.
@mikemorris7117 Yıl önce
... heroes... Sorry, I'm a pedant 😊
@bullwinkle5445 Yıl önce
@@michaelwhisman Do you prefer soldiers who decide where and when they will fight?
@petrovonoccymro9063 Yıl önce
What a truly wonderful video. And you are spot on to call the Brecon museum the spiritual home of the 24th Foot, as it was the recruiting base for the outfit even though the HQ was elsewhere. Was it Warwickshire? In those days, of course, it was common for the actual HQ to be nowhere near the recruitment base. This was why there were so many Welshmen in the outfit, one, I know, from Cwmbran. The regiment was later renamed the South Wales Borderers. My father, grandfather and Great uncle all fought under that badge in the second and first world wars. My dad’s record was classed as exemplary. My grandad won the Military Medal in the trenches in France,
@TheHistoryChap Yıl önce
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@randwickbelle Yıl önce
Sgt William Allen VC was a Great Uncle on my father side he was from Northumberland probably Alnwick.
@Digmen1 9 aylar önce
That was very well researched and a lot of work. It so sad how many of them ended their lives Lest We Forget!
@TheHistoryChap 9 aylar önce
Thank you for watching and for taking the time to comment
@matthewmckever2312 3 aylar önce
You just got a new subscriber with that. Like many a young English lad Zulu blew me away when I saw it. I'm from Hackney and often pop down the British museum mostly for the classical Greek exhibition and I was amazed to learn from you that Hooky worked those corridors and halls that I walk down, given the place an extra historical narrative for me. It was sad but also unsurprising that they suffered PTSD, a friend of mine slept in his car with his dogs for a year on his return from Afghanistan as he just couldn't settle. Kipling and the men at Rourkes would have understood that I think. "When your left for dead on Afghanistan's plains, roll to your gun and blow out your brains" I've probably misquoted Rudyard there, but you get the drift. Off to check out your piece on the actual battle now. Ta.
@TheHistoryChap 3 aylar önce
Thank you so much for the subscription and I totally sympathise with your thoughts on PSTD
@RichardJohnson-vm6zf 8 aylar önce
I was fortunate to have visited Isladawana and Rorkes Drift when I did a big South African Road Trip with my then South African girl friend. It was a very moving experience! I also visited the site of Blood Rivier [Blood River] where hundreds of Zulus did attacking a wagon train of Boer settlers travelling to a new life only a few Boers did or were injured in the battle but the river became Red with blood from the Zulus!
@TheHistoryChap 8 aylar önce
Thanks for sharing. Sounds like one heck of a trip.
@emperorpalpatine4681 Yıl önce
As always, great video. Congrats on the continuing growth of the channel.
@TheHistoryChap Yıl önce
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@Wotsitorlabart Yıl önce
The Victoria Cross is awarded for - 'most conspicuous bravery, or some daring or pre-eminent act of valour or self-sacrifice, or extreme devotion to duty in the presence of the enemy'. Garnet Wolsey (VC) wasn't happy that Chard and Bromhead received VC's for simply carrying out their duties as officers.
@TheHistoryChap Yıl önce
He was anti awarding VC's to Melville & Coghill as he thought they should have died fighting in the camp.
@silentwitness247 Yıl önce
Excellent piece of research, sensitively produced and presented. Thank you.
@TheHistoryChap Yıl önce
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@silvertownkid 2 aylar önce
Back in the 1980s I was employed as a civilian ship's captain by the Ministry of Defense (Royal Corps of Transport-Army Dept). We ordered a dozen or so 15 metre fast patrol boats, which were to be employed around the UK coast as range safety craft. All the craft were named after George Cross or Victoria Cross recipients. One of these craft was named the James Dalton VC, who fought at Rorke's Drift. A fitting honour for a brave soldier.
@TheHistoryChap 2 aylar önce
Thanks so much for sharing that memory
@lesliecarter8322 Yıl önce
Great VLOG, very interesting the background of the soldiers who were at Rorkes Drift. You have done a lot of research, well done sir.
@TheHistoryChap Yıl önce
Many thanks. I found the research (& the road trips) fascinating.
@iamnotarobot2378 Yıl önce
Cracking good story sir. Thank you for the efforts you put in to creating this video.
@TheHistoryChap Yıl önce
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@steved2008 Yıl önce
Absolutely uplifting and sad at the same time, thank you for this amazing video. Ubique
@TheHistoryChap Yıl önce
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@kelvinogden4073 4 aylar önce
The bands never stop playing and they are always remembered. I can tell you that’s a fact. Just found your channel and a big thumbs up.
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@rollingthunder4 Yıl önce
Fascinating stuff. My best mate at Primary School's Father was one Richard Davies, of Please Sir fame, he played one of the VC recipients defending the Hospital iirc.
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@daryllamonaco3102 Yıl önce
What a wonderful and enlightening story, well said, you should have 10 million views sir!
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@emanuelgalea2373 Yıl önce
Thanks for providing such detailed and informative knowledge on this piece of history, keep up your excellent work
@TheHistoryChap Yıl önce
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@charliewillis6231 Yıl önce
Very informative. I would love to see you do a similar video of the 29 VCs plus 2 bars of the RAMC some really interesting post award stories there
@TheHistoryChap Yıl önce
Charles, I am looking at how best to cover the stories of the VC winners - some are very well documented and others very sparse.
@stigg333 Yıl önce
Brilliant video and quite a sad one unfortunately. We should make sure we always look after all our heroes and all the men and women who have served and who still serve to keep us safe.
@TheHistoryChap Yıl önce
Totally agree with your sentiments. Thanks for liking my video and for taking the time to comment. Chris
@RoyLlowarch Yıl önce
Amazingly good video and very moving. I am left feeling very proud of these gallant men but I also feel tearful.
@TheHistoryChap Yıl önce
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@fredazcarate4818 Yıl önce
Thank you for reminding us that great valour comes at a stiff price. God bless you Sir!
@TheHistoryChap Yıl önce
You are welcome.
@illuminant1129 Yıl önce
Excellent video - which was most informative. I knew Bromhead died in India but was unaware of what befell the others. Many thanks.
@TheHistoryChap Yıl önce
Glad you enjoyed. trshow.info
@julieblundell7421 Yıl önce
Well done Chris, great video of a great action, please, please do more about the Victoria Cross, Lee.
@TheHistoryChap Yıl önce
Many thanks, I am really pleased that you enjoyed it.
@arvo56 9 aylar önce
Well done Chris,-another great video on people who should always be remembered1
@TheHistoryChap 9 aylar önce
Thank you.
@noveltybobel Yıl önce
It's amazing to think that Fred Hitch's original VC medal is probably sitting in the dust in someone's loft somewhere, waiting to be discovered
@TheHistoryChap Yıl önce
A good film in the making!
@glynnbates3241 Yıl önce
Your wonderful videos are so enlightening . So sorry I didn't subscribe before. Thank you for your time and effort.
@TheHistoryChap Yıl önce
Thanks for watching
@serpent645 Yıl önce
Excellent presentation, as are every one of yours I viewed. I must point out, however, that a soldier doesn't "win" valor awards, he earns them, he is awarded them, but you may win a contest or lottery, that term is generally inappropriate in this context. I say this with respect as a retired US Army Warrior.
@TheHistoryChap Yıl önce
Thanks for your thoughts and kind words. By the way, if you haven’t already, please make sure to subscribe for future videos. trshow.info
@IrishManJT Yıl önce
I have two links to the battle of Rorke's Drift. The first is that Surgeon Reynolds was from my home town of Dun Laoghaire, Co Dublin. The second link is that one of the few survivors from the battle of Isandlwana (and only because he had a horse between his legs) who passed through Rorke's Drift in a hurry, was a man by the name of Horrice Smith-Dorien. Horrice Smith-Dorien then went on to command 2 Corps at the battle of Le Cateau in August 1914, a battle in which my great grand-uncle Lt Vincent Fox was KIA. Lt Vinceent Fox was the first Veterinary Surgeon to be killed in action in the first world war and he did so whilst attending wounded humans (not animals) inside a church in the village of Audencourt.
@TheHistoryChap Yıl önce
Wow, I love how the golden thread of history weaves it's course. Thanks for sharing.
@geoffreyleaudais9582 Yıl önce
Thankyou very much for uploading this video on my mother's side I'm related directly to Alfred Hanry Hook, we actually still have his VC. Medal, I was very unhappy with how he was portrayed in the movie by James booth, Alfred was a very highly spoken man not a drunk that they portrayed in the movie...all in all thankyou very much
@TheHistoryChap Yıl önce
My pleasure. You must be very proud to have such a brave man as a relative. If you haven’t already, please make sure to subscribe for future videos. trshow.info
@lorrainepope7385 11 aylar önce
I'm also related to Henry Hook. He was my Great Great Grandfather.
@jensg367 Yıl önce
Great presentation. Thank you for the thrilling episode about those heroic soldiers. Perfect!!
@TheHistoryChap Yıl önce
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@nickmorales8146 Yıl önce
I watched the movie with Michael Caine Zulu when it first came out I was just a kid but I always wondered what happened to those guys and now I know I think I liked what I thought in my imagination these guys live through I never thought that it was dire straits and it makes me sad thank you for expanding all their stories
@TheHistoryChap Yıl önce
Zulu is still one of my favourite war movies even after all these years. I’m glad you enjoyed my story
@michaeldevanney4796 Yıl önce
There is a charity shop in Doncaster on the lakeside shopping centre.All proceeds go to look after VC recipients graves.Entirely run by volunteers. Go and visit if you can,they sell some great stuff! By the way,I think Steven Illingworth should have been awarded a VC during the Falkland war.
@TheHistoryChap Yıl önce
Michael, thanks for the info. Do you know the name of the shop? Hope you are enjoying my videos and if you are please make sure to subscribe for future videos. trshow.info
@michaeldevanney4796 Yıl önce
@@TheHistoryChap Victoria Cross Trust shop,Lakeside village. Doncaster. I believe there is also one in York.
@andrewtate8303 10 aylar önce
@@michaeldevanney4796 thanks for the info I will visit the shop next time I go Yorkshire outlet .
@kevinthorp1419 2 aylar önce
I joined the Royal Engineers in April 1992. It was the last year that individual Corps trained their own basic training. We had to watch Zulu after a hard day training and got beasted for disrespect because some lads couldn’t keep their eyes open. Looking back the nco’s we’re so right to beast us after what these men went through only later do you fully understand. Incredible men who fought for each other. ‘Because we’re here lad and there’s no one else’.
@TheHistoryChap 2 aylar önce
Thanks for sharing your memories
@FelixstoweFoamForge Yıl önce
From what I've read, It was Dalton who persuaded Chard that retreat was not an option, and who designed the defences. In fact, I seem to remember that Chard had to press very hard to get Dalton his cross.
@TheHistoryChap Yıl önce
Dalton was crucial to influencing Chard as I mentioned in my other video on Rorke's Drift. Here's the link: trshow.info/watch/YK4_rizmT-Y/video.html
@FelixstoweFoamForge Yıl önce
@@TheHistoryChap So you did! My bad. 'Pologies!
@ancientmusketeer6564 10 aylar önce
Wow, thank you for this sad piece of research, I knew very little of this history and the video has filled in many gaps, again, thank you.
@dongholiothesecond3324 11 aylar önce
I recently read up about all of the VC recipients very briefly and a common thread about at least half of them is that they lived very hard lives after the war with at least a few of them possibly pawning off their VCs after civilian life.
@TheHistoryChap 11 aylar önce
Indeed they did. I hope the video gets that across.
@JamesThomas-gg6il Yıl önce
I knew several of these stories, especially hook and chard. I myself have seen, the interview with colour sergeant bourne, and i would love it if you could cover him as well.
@TheHistoryChap Yıl önce
Bourne is a very interesting man.
@JamesThomas-gg6il Yıl önce
@@TheHistoryChap I always loved the fact that he was not a big man like portrait In Zulu, and if I remember he wasn't very old to be a colour sgt.
@andywright2188 Yıl önce
Awesome stuff, can you do a history of HMS Defence in 1916 at the Battle of jutland, my ggf was a RMA bombardier on the ship, would be awesome to know more of the history, I know a fair bit, but I'm sure you have more access to things than I do.
@TheHistoryChap Yıl önce
Andy, planning to do the Battle of Jutland very soon. Make sure that you subscribe so you don't miss.
@tedtombling2770 Aylar önce
It's worth doing a Batte Field Tour. I spent a whole day in the area. The tour visited Isandlwana and we spent the morning walking the battle area, whilst a tour guide gave us the story and explained the geography, including the numbers killed. We then went to the banks of Buffalo River where the two Ensigns, Lt Melvill and Lt Coghill, who had fled under orders from the Battle Field towards the end of the battle, in an attempt to take the Queen's Colours to Rorke's Drift. However, they were pursued by the Zulu warriors for five miles and killed as they reached the opposite river bank. A whitewashed cairn and memorial can be seen close to the river bank, in their memory. The Colours were abandoned by the Zulus and found just down river, caught in the rocks of a small water fall a few days later when the battle area was being cleared. Here we had lunch here and then, after a 10 mile bus ride, visited Rorke's Drift and the tiny enclave where the battle took place with the Welsh Regiment and the Zulus. Witnessing the location and the hillsides around the small enclosure where the barracks stood left me feeling how terrifying the situation must have been, with the soldiers and officers realizing that this was a battle of survival, and probably the fear of death raised their courage and bravery. It was a memorable trip.
@MrJohnWKing 4 aylar önce
Really wonderful work and a really great channel.
@cliffowens3629 Yıl önce
Truly " Lest we forget ". How often do those who served in the heat of battle simply vanish or as those in the Viet Nam era are spat upon? Whenever I meet a veteran of any conflict I salute that one and thank him for his service. Invariably I see a smile brighten his countenance where once he was glum. Further dear reader, if while visiting a cemetery and you pass a grave of a serviceman leave a penny on his marker that way when his family visits the grave they see that someone honored his memory. If you see a nickel on that marker someone who served in boot camp with him paid his respects. I'd you see a dime someone who served with him in the same unit left his respects as well. But if you see a quarter on that head stone know it was placed there by someone who was with him when he died.
@TheHistoryChap Yıl önce
Thanks for posting those very thoughtful words.
@iangrimwood3345 Yıl önce
Very interesting!! Brilliant video!! Very rare that you see so many winners of VC that actually survive the battle. I do believe that a lot of VC’s are awarded posthumously!
@TheHistoryChap Yıl önce
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@trooperdgb9722 Aylar önce
Until 1907 policy was NOT to award it posthumously. When that changed a number of awards were made retrospectively to deserving candidates. It seems apparent that from WW1 onwards award of the VC was made significantly more difficult than initially...
@patrickmonteith3582 5 aylar önce
I have greatly appreciated & enjoyed your work regarding the history of British military exploits as I knew little of the men who served within , it’s a pity that some I must confess seemingly small minded fellows who prefer to act like petulant children who know doubt believe that to ask a question is beneath themselves to gain knowledge as a tutor would expect a student or pupil to ask , you carry on your excellent coverage & leave those who are less interested in their knowledge to themselves
@TheHistoryChap 5 aylar önce
Thanks for your words of support.
@t75green17 Yıl önce
Excellent video. I often wondered what happened to the VC winners....well done
@TheHistoryChap Yıl önce
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@roytetwart Yıl önce
A very interesting video which was obviously very well researched. I just love your enthusiasm!!!!
@TheHistoryChap Yıl önce
Glad you enjoyed. many thanks for watching.
@jeffsmith2022 Yıl önce
Well done, old boy...I hope all those soldiers rest in peace...
@TheHistoryChap Yıl önce
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@welshwarrior5263 Yıl önce
Unfortunately, the treatment that soldiers get after leaving is disgusting, and still goes on till this day. I was diagnosed with severe PTSD but got little support.
@TheHistoryChap Yıl önce
Sad to hear your story, and also sad that society and the military still could do more.
@jameskerby3377 Yıl önce
Wonderfully Narrated. Kept on my seat....as I sometimes cried The most tears were and are for the last guy Jones. Could take his mental anguish no more and took his own life. Let those bigots of the church HANG THIER HEADS IN SHAME....FOR THE WAY THEY TREATED HIS MORTAL REMAINS. HOW COULD THEY TREAT A HERO OF OUR NATION WITH SUCH DISTAIN ..HOW ? THAT SORT OF CHRISTIANITY CERTAINLY WASNT WHAT OUR LORD HAD IN MIND .... SUCH BIGOTS ....THEY WERE NOT FIT TO CLEAN JONES BOOTS. HE REMAINS THE HERO HE WAS AND WILL REMAIN SO FOR THE REST OF TIME. MAY HE REST IN PEACE ✝️ ✝️
@TheHistoryChap Yıl önce
Thank you for taking the time to post your passionate comment.
@rocketron6677 Yıl önce
We visit both sites Rorkes Drift & Isandlwa as often as we can. Very moving experience every time.
@TheHistoryChap Yıl önce
Very long time since I visited Zululand but the graves in England and Wales were poignant in their own right.
@petermcquade1003 Aylar önce
Brilliant piece of work, thank you so much for sharing this! You will probably know about this but I'll tell it anyway for people that wont, I tried finding my Gt Grandmothers grave in Barrow in Furness at the main cemetery there. Whilst searching for her, I came across a black granite headstone with a VC on it. This headstone belonged to Private Samuel Wassall (b 1856, d 1927), 80th Regiment of Foot, Staffordshire Volunteers. He was actually mounted infantry and in the film, "Zulu Dawn", at the end of the film, a mounted soldier rescues a soldier in the river who is carrying the colours. This mounted soldier was Private Wassall and it was for this action that he gained his VC. Keep up the great work, I really enjoyed this video and hopefully you can give all of us eager listeners more information on the other VC winners in the Zulu war.
@holupholup5911 Yıl önce
I am an American but I love to collect Victorian Campaign medals, in fact, British ones from the 18th Century to the Present. I do have some Zulu war ones, 57th Foot, 24th, 21st Foot, and one to Cape Mounted Yeomanry for the Morosi Mountain fight of 1879. I love history and admire the courage of both sides. As a veteran, I served alongside Brits overseas. So far I am 110 medals from 1815-1901!
@TheHistoryChap Yıl önce
That is a serious passion, thanks for sharing. If you haven’t already, please make sure to subscribe for future videos. trshow.info
@anselmdanker9519 Yıl önce
Thank you for bringing their story to life.
@TheHistoryChap Yıl önce
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@mjxw Yıl önce
I love your videos. I have to say, and I hope you take this in the affectionate way it's meant, the smiling selfies on trip and then the somber selfie at the grave lends a kind of earnest absurdity to this edition.
@TheHistoryChap Yıl önce
Thank you. Always like to change things around a little bit.
@timfromdurban Yıl önce
I visited Rorkes Drift last week, this was a great video. Thank you very much.
@TheHistoryChap Yıl önce
Many thanks.
@malbarlow4991 Yıl önce
the one who did the best was Colour Sergeant Bourne who didnt get a vc (i think he got a dsm) but he rose to lieutenant Colonel and lived until 1945
@TheHistoryChap Yıl önce
Mal, you are right. An amazing man - did you know that he was just 23 when he served at Rorke's Drift?
@baronoflivonia.3512 3 aylar önce
Such a shame about William Jones. To end up in a work house after not only surviving the Battle of Rorke's Drift, but also being awarded his countries highest medal of Gallantry & Honor, the Victoria Cross is a Shame, that unfortunately we have seen repeated time & time again since Queen Victoria's time. We Love a Hero at that moment, then they quickly fade from memory, and that is the Shame. Thank You again for the wonderful retelling of this event in our Anglo-Saxon History, that in present time is being denigrated and even re-wrote to lessen the truly Brave and un-selfish actions of these True Hero's.
@TheHistoryChap 3 aylar önce
My pleasure
@towyfisherman3581 Yıl önce
My partners Great, Great Grandfather was a soldier there, She has his diary from the time. It is very interesting reading, quite eye opening to say the least.
@TheHistoryChap Yıl önce
I bet! Thanks for sharing a wonderful story.
@user-nj1op5zw5l Aylar önce
Amazing stories of amazing men. Total respect to all of them.
@TheHistoryChap Aylar önce
Indeed. Thanks for watching.
@stevecarrow4271 Yıl önce
Really enjoyed this and a couple of your other videos I have recently come across, now my first youtube subscription. Don't know if it's been mentioned before, but Chards resting village is pronounced Hatch Beechem
@TheHistoryChap Yıl önce
Steve, thank you for your support and correction. Appreciated.
@briandubois-gilbert8182 Yıl önce
A very poignant but affectionate retelling of the personal stories of the heroes of the defense of Rorke’s Drift and its aftermath that changed the remainder of their lives-several with tragic consequences. In the Zulu film, there was a scene after the battle where Bromhead (Michael Caine) revealed to Chard (Stanley Baker) that he felt “shame” for the carnage he just participated and witnessed-a hint of the PTSD that’ll malign him afterwards. Thank you, indeed, for this modern-day tribute to these brave men.
@TheHistoryChap Yıl önce
Brian, that is a very good observation, which I had missed. If you haven't already, please make sure to subscribe for future videos. trshow.info Chris
@robj4881 Yıl önce
In the film I felt that Michael Caine playing Bromhead felt sick and sickened by the carnage. That would of been my reaction if I'd been through something like that.
@d.s.archer5903 Yıl önce
Sir Garnet Wolseley, taking over as C-in-C from Lord Chelmsford in 1879, was unimpressed with the awards made to the defenders of Rorke's Drift, saying "it is monstrous making heroes of those who, shut up in buildings at Rorke's Drift, could not bolt and fought like rats for their lives, which they could not otherwise save.” Furthermore, Wolseley described Chard as “a stupid looking fellow.” OUCH!
@TheHistoryChap Yıl önce
Ouch, indeed! Maybe I need to do a video about Wolseley - "The very model of a modern Major-General"
@robj4881 Yıl önce
Sir GW sounds like a typically over privileged prat!
@roddyteague6246 Yıl önce
I enjoyed this. A good watch. I did pick up one schoolboy howler when you referred to Allen hailing from Northumbria. That term was last used by The Vikings & has been Northumberland for at least a thousand years. Minor quibble though all things considered!
@TheHistoryChap Yıl önce
Minor quibble allowed! Glad you enjoyed it.
@halfcan-nitafan5207 Yıl önce
Brilliant video thanks you sir I'm a proud irishman proper irish ,irish is my first language I was sux weeks old when my parents left me here in ireland while they continued to work in England where I had been born * guys and St thomas's) times back where tough and my parents where trying and succeeded in building a hone for me and two later my sister ,I've always been proud of the land of my birth The United Kingdom and you regularly reinforce that pride thank you
@TheHistoryChap Yıl önce
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@kw6766 11 aylar önce
I only just discovered your channel and i must say well done absolutely great conrent
@TheHistoryChap 11 aylar önce
Thank you very much. Plenty more coming your way.
@paulmatthews7744 3 aylar önce
Thank you for doing something I’ve wanted to do for a long time.
@rockfishmiller Yıl önce
Fascinating, thank you so much for posting. Lest we forget.
@TheHistoryChap Yıl önce
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@robertdore9592 3 aylar önce
Your research is excellent Chris.
@adt70hk33 Yıl önce
Another interesting and informative video, albeit tinged with a lot of sadness at the fate that befell some of the men.
@TheHistoryChap Yıl önce
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@gregthompson3274 Yıl önce
Thankyou, very interesting, a great pity,most of them struggled in later life,we should always take care of such people,who served their country,the family of Pte Hook were most upset at his treatment in the film,which still is a great film.
@TheHistoryChap Yıl önce
Completely agree - great film (despite some factual errors)
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