However, I agree that a comparison exists. Two others were mortally wounded and eight more — including Dalton — were seriously wounded.
Two others were mortally wounded and 8 more — including Dalton — were seriously wounded. This high number of awards for bravery has been interpreted as a reaction to the earlier defeat at the Battle of Isandlwana — the extolling of the victory at Rorke's Drift drawing the public's attention away from the great defeat at Isandlwana and the fact that Lord Chelmsford and Henry Bartle Frere had instigated the war without the approval of Her Majesty's Government.
It was that way some time ago. What consequence was there for the British garrison from this, other than being left undefeated, which is not the same as being victorious. Reportedly Jenkins was also killed after being seized and stabbed; another hospital patient killed was Trooper Hunter of the Natal Mounted Police.
Dalton pointed out that a small column, travelling in open country and burdened with carts full of hospital patients, would be easily overtaken and defeated by a numerically superior Zulu force, and so it was soon agreed that the only acceptable course was to remain and fight.
Before changing, permanently, take a look at the effect. At 7am, a body of Zulus appeared on the hill, but no attack followed. Privates John Williams, Henry Hook, William Jones, Frederick Hitch and Corporal William Allen all received the Victoria Cross for their defence of the hospital building, fighting with bayonets once their ammunition was expended, as they contested every room with the attacking warriors.
It was directed to swing wide of the British left flank and pass west and south of Isandlwana hill itself, in order to position itself across the line of communication and retreat of the British and their colonial allies in order to prevent their escape back into Natal by way of the Buffalo River ford leading to Rorke's Drift.
The hospital was becoming untenable; as the loopholes had become a liability: The info box is not an opportunity to rewrite the article before you discuss a major change here in talk.
The Zulu vanguard, men of the iNdluyengwe, attacked the south wall, which joined the hospital and the storehouse.
John Williams hacked at the wall to the next room with his pick-axe, as Hook held off the Zulus. Trooper William James Clarke of the Natal Mounted Police described in his diary that "altogether we buried Zulus and some wounded were thrown into the grave.
Most Zulu warriors were armed with an assegai short spear and a shield made of cowhide. He called for substantial reinforcements and got them.
Additionally, up to 39 of his company were at the station as hospital patients, although only a handful of these were unable to take up arms.
Seeing the manner in which our wounded had been mutilated after being dragged from the hospital Trooper William James Clarke of the Natal Mounted Police described in his diary that "altogether we buried Zulus and some wounded were thrown into the grave. Reportedly, Jenkins was killed after being seized and stabbed, together with Private Adams who also refused to move.
The corner room that John Williams had pulled the two patients into was occupied by Private Hook and another nine patients. On 22nd Januarythe garrison heard firing from the distant battle and a group of officers climbed the nearby hill.
These regiments had not been involved in the battle and looked for a way to join in the success. Defence of the hospital[ edit ] Chard realised that the north wall, under near constant Zulu attack, could not be held.
John Williams once again went to work, spurred on by the fact that the roof was now ablaze, as Hook defended the hole and Waters continued to fire through a loophole. With the Zulus nearly at the station, the garrison now numbered between and men.
Of the eleven patients, nine survived the trip to the barricade, as did all the able-bodied men.
The Zulu vanguard, men of the iNdluyengwe, attacked the south wall, which joined the hospital and the storehouse. Those British on the barricades — including Dalton and Bromhead — were soon engaged in fierce hand-to-hand fighting. Of 20, rounds in reserve at the mission, only remained.
Set on fire and stormed by the Zulus, it became untenable. Please help improve this article by adding citations to reliable sources. The Battle of Rorke's Drift, also known as the Defence of Rorke's Drift, was a battle in the Anglo-Zulu douglasishere.com defence of the mission station of Rorke's Drift, under the command of Lieutenants John Chard of the Royal Engineers and Gonville Bromhead, immediately followed the British Army's defeat at the Battle of Isandlwana on 22 Januaryand continued into the following day.
Battle: Siege of Rorke’s Drift. War of the Battle of Rorke’s Drift: Zulu War. Date of the Battle of Rorke’s Drift: 22 nd January Place of the Battle of Rorke’s Drift: on the bank of the Buffalo River in Natal Province, South Africa.
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The Battle of Rorke's Drift, also known as the Defence of Rorke's Drift, was a battle in the Anglo-Zulu douglasishere.com defence of the mission station of Rorke's Drift, under the command of Lieutenants John Chard of the Royal Engineers and Gonville Bromhead, immediately followed the British Army's defeat at the Battle of Isandlwana on 22 Januaryand continued into the following day.
(3) Where: The Battle of Rorke’s Drift occurred at the mission known by the same name located a half mile from the Myzinyathe river in present day South Africa at MGRS 36JTQ (Earthpoint), then directly on the border of what was British controlled Natal land and the Zulu controlled Zululand territory (Greaves, ).
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