Sunday, 30 September 2018

Zulu War Graves -our recent visits





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 Lysons

won his VC at Hhlobane was also at Kambula and Ulundi 
HENRY MARTIN
 Defender of Rorkes Drift 

Thomas Daw
another Rorkes Drift survivor




Sir REDVERS BULLER VC

His 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 there is a sarcophigus inside the church but this was locked at the time of our visit .



Gen JOHN NORTH CREALOCK

Brother of Henry and secretary to Lord Chelmsford buried in the same cemetery  but a little way apart from is brother 


THOMAS LEVI LUDDINGTON


Rorkes Drift this time army hospital corp





Capt JAMES FENCOTT JAMES 





13th Light Infantry -a hard one to find very over grown my good lady had taken some shears with us so we managed to clear little way around him 


SGT FRANCIS ATTWOOD DCM
one of the commissariat at Rorkes Drift -sadly his original grave along with many others  was destroyed during the blitz on Plymouth and all their remains were moved to another cemetery and put into unmarked graves ,recently a plaque was put up thanks to the efforts of a serving Royal Marine . This was hard to find .



Lt GILBERT TOTHILL MUNRO
fought at Gingindlovo -Eshowe and Ulundi








Lt HENRY ALEXANDER SCHANK


Schank and Munro above are both buried in Teignmouth old cemertery a lovely place being restored by volunteers one of them agreat chap named Dave not only found Schanks grave for us but also provided lots of info and documents as well , sadly it looks like the local council had ideas for the use of this prime land so our heroes may lose their buetiful resting place ,so if you intend to visit please do so soon and support these great volunteers 
https://gravetales.wordpress.com/friends-of-teignmouth-cemetery/
Surgeon SAMUAL WILLIAM VASEY 




served on HMS Boadica











EDWARD S. BROWNE VC CB 
Hero of Hlobane the least known of the 24ths VC winners , died and buried in Switzerland but the grave was reused ,this plaque is in the Royal Garrison Church Portsmouth and amazing tribute to many military heroes a must visit place






Capt JOSEPH HENRY LAYE 










SGT HENRY GALLAGHER
Easy to find almost the first grave through the entrance 




as well as serivng at Rorkes Drift Gallagher served the colours for many years 









Sir EVELYN WOOD VC


sadly broken headstone to such hero -excuse my feet 





Cpl j Graham ( D Sheehan) 90th perthshire infantry

one of the many men who signed up under afalse name -served at Rorkes Drift




Sgt E.WILSON

rather worn headstone for another Rorkes Drift survivor


HORACE SMITH DORIAN




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