What happened to Colour Sergeant Frank Bourne Rorkes Drift

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Colour Sergeant Frank Bourne, was the senior NCO at the Battle of Rorke's Drift during the Zulu War of 1879.
Superbly played by actor, Nigel Green, in the 1964 film "Zulu", many have wondered why he was never awarded a Victoria Cross when 11 others were.
This is the story of what happened to Colour Sergeant Frank Bourne after Rorkes Drift.
He was actually awarded Britain's second highest military medal (at the time), the Distinguished Conduct Medal and ultimately rose from the ranks to become an officer.
His military career continued all the way to the First World War, where he was promoted to the rank of Lt. Colonel.
Frank Bourne, the last surviving defender of Rorke's Drift died in 1945, one day after the Germans surrendered.
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Eric Burrage
Eric Burrage
I am a retired U.S. Army officer. I always held that Colour Sergeant Bourne was the ideal example of what an NCO should be. I'm glad to finally know the "rest of the story".
blackandgus
blackandgus
I have to agree that Nigel Green's performance made him one of the highlights of the movie, and I've been laboring under the belief that the real Coulor Sergeant Bourne was awarded the Cross. It's so interesting to hear how he was actually rewarded for his invaluable role in that action, and how he felt about the Zulu warriors who faced the British soldiers at Rourke's Drift. Bourne had a distinguished and inspiring career, and this video was beautifully put together. Excellent work!
SteamGent
SteamGent
Now that was a fantastic story. He was even a much bigger character in history than they made him out to be in the film.
Ars longa vita brevis
Ars longa vita brevis
Excellent video! You have a gift to bring back to life events and people of the past. I will never forget watching "Zulu" when I was 10 years old in 1969. Although born and bred in Argentina and without a drop of British blood (I am of Italian descent) I remember how I cheered the red coats on. I am 63 years old now and I see with bitterness and anger how white men today (and particularly the British) are "ashamed" of the heroic deeds of their ancestors and apologize for everything you can imagine. We Europeans have nothing to apologize for. Greetings from Buenos Aires.
Mark
Mark
Im a retired Aussie Infantry Sergeant Major ( Warrant Officer), who also commissioned to Captain at the tail end of my career and I remember fondly when I was joining the Army as a young bloke the movie Zulu was one of the recruiting movies. It was a favorite. And you are bloody right because Colour Sergeant Bourne was a fine example indeed. I love the history of this era and the great traditions of the British Infantry, a lot of which us Aussies inherited as well. Thanks for the great video's mate !
Dave Lafferty
Dave Lafferty
Thank you so much for this video! Zulu is my all-time favorite war movie, and as a 30-year military veteran myself (CMSgt, USAF, Ret), the valor of Colour Sergeat Bourne strikes me as a ever-ending example to the enlisted force. Well done, Colour, and godspeed.
mick harrison
mick harrison
35 years service absolutely amazing man ,deserves all respect and his legendary status 🇬🇧
Jerry C
Jerry C
In the summer of 1984, at the age of 10, I watched "Zulu" so many times that I memorized the entire script. My friends and I would recreate the battle in our backyards in Virginia with our fences as the breastworks. The next summer dad brought home "Zulu Dawn" on VHS and I almost melted with excitement. Several years later I saw "Khartourm" and was no less enthralled. The Victorian Empire contributed so much to my childhood, lol.
Charlie Leigh
Charlie Leigh
Brilliantly presented, I really enjoyed the story of Frank Bourne an amazing and courageous soldier, who achieved so much in his long life. I joined the army aged 15 years in 1960 and met many men who reminded me of Colour Sergeant Frank Bourne, their manner and their bearing. Many of those I knew had served during WWII and were coming to end of their service and in some ways laid the blueprint of how we, in later service, would conduct ourselves. I am now a retired British Army Officer.
LUDO
LUDO
I really appreciate the work you have done to bring him back to life many years after his passing. I do hope his resting place is well cared for.
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Honestly, when I first watched this movie decades ago, I was amazed at the courage and leadership that brought about the survival of these soldiers at Rorke's Drift. Two decades later I found this movie on DVD and immediately purchased it. This is a once a year "must watch" movie that reminds me of the courage of men and to bring my life's little problems back into perspective. GOD Bless them all, Amen.
Junaid Azam
Junaid Azam
His real story, especially life after the Boer war, is even more impressive and inspiring
Major Ronald Mandell
Major Ronald Mandell
What a great story! I’m so happy to hear that the Color Sergeant was well recognized after the battle, and rose to such great heights later in his career! What a man! You are right! One of the perfect examples of a Victorian British Soldier!
Bryan Risi
Bryan Risi
As a South African history of the wars I found very interesting, in the area we lived we found old 303 clips of live ammunition in the hills. So one evening my two brothers and myself decidedly test a round. We were siting on the bed and opened the window aimed up and pulled the trigger. I still remember saying that that was the sound the soldiers heard during the Boer war.
JR Hawk
JR Hawk
Thank you so much for bringing this to us.
CATHOLIC CRUSADER
CATHOLIC CRUSADER
The color sergeant is my personal hero too in this movie! History Chap your video cleared up a lot of questions I've asked myself over the decades. I'm glad that this humble hero had a storied life. I salute this magnificent soldier!
Andrew Skokna
Andrew Skokna
One of the reasons I joined the United States Marine Court infantry was this movie My dad introduced me to it had a young age I was in awe of their courage !
Jorn41
Jorn41
From a fellow historian, although Danish, very well done, Sir! You make history come to life!!!
Davy Mckeown
Davy Mckeown
My first CSM, a Coldstream guardsman from Yorkshire reminded me of C/sgt Bourne from the first day I met him as a young recruit in 1976. A no- nonsense, brick shithouse of a man he exemplified professionalism, patience and honesty. I would have numerous CSM's in the following 25 years but he was the only one whom I never heard swear or show anger. I can still hear him say, "You're like a ruddy teddy bear lad", when I fecked up on the parade square. Good man.
Rupert Phmode
Rupert Phmode
Some real life stories of duty and courage just reduce me to tears. This was one of them. Thank you.
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