Lieutenant John Chard:What's our strength? Lieutenant Gonville Bromhead Seven officers including surgeon commissaries and so on Adendorff now I suppose wounded and sick 36 fit for duty 97 and about 40 native levies Not much of an army for you.
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Captain David Moriarity, 80th, KIA Ntombe
This photograph taken when he was in the 7th Regiment prior to his transfer to the 80th. [Mac & Shad] (Isandula Collection)
The Battle of Isandlwana: One of The Worst Defeats of The British Empire - Military History

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PostSubject: LOOKING BACK ON THE LUGG FAMILY IN NATAL   Thu Dec 03, 2009 9:00 pm

Interesting article (Read the bit about the rifle getting hot) I have never seen that photo before.


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PostSubject: lugg family in natal.   Fri Dec 04, 2009 4:42 am

hi all .
Reading this post brought back a memory I had well and truly forgotten about , back in 1974 I was on holiday in
Darwin ( Nthn Territory ) I happened across an old museum which was on the waterfront that had bits and pieces
of Japanese Zero"s that had been shot down during one of the bombing raids on Darwin. Many other curios that
I cant remember , but , in this case was an old firearm in which the caption said "' Rifle from the battle of Rorke"s
Drift - Notice the warping of the barrel due to overheating from repeated firing " or words to that effect. The sad
thing is I saw the weapon in july , and as we know Cyclone Tracy levelled Darwin on xmas eve in 1974. A piece
of history now long gone .... unfortunatly.
cheers 90th.
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PostSubject: Re: LOOKING BACK ON THE LUGG FAMILY IN NATAL   Sun Jan 03, 2010 12:49 pm

The important Rorke’s Drift group of four awarded to Colonel H. “Harry” Lugg, Natal Militia, who, having departed Devon to seek his fortune in South Africa, enlisted as a Trooper in the Natal Mounted Police and fought with distinction in the defence of that place on 22 January 1879: his account of the action - noted for its inclusion of the quote “As black as hell and as thick as grass” - was subsequently published in the home press, while his heroic deeds were further commemorated by his inclusion in Alphonse de Neuville’s famous oil painting, itself said to have been based upon a sketch provided by Lugg

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PostSubject: Re: LOOKING BACK ON THE LUGG FAMILY IN NATAL   Sat Oct 02, 2010 7:26 pm

Lt.Col. Henry Lugg V.D. (1904) was one of only ten Colonial troops in the action at Rorke’s Drift 1879, following the debacle at Isandhlwana. He had enlisted in May 1878 as a Trooper in the Natal Mounted Police. The N.M.P. lost 25 men killed at Isandhlwana and there were 7 N.M.P. survivors of that action. Three of the Colonial troops at Rorke’s Drift were also killed. Having taken part in the action at Sihayo’s kraal on 12 January 1879 he was entrusted to carry dispatches from Helpmekaar to Pietermaritzburg (113miles in 11 hours). On his return journey to join the column his horse stumbled whilst crossing the river Mzinyathi resulting in Lugg injuring his knee. He was evacuated to Rorke’s Drift and was a patient in the Hospital during the defence of the post 22/23January. He claimed to have killed many Zulu’s and is believed to have coined the famous phrase “Here they come, black as Hell, and thick as grass”. He later served inthe Anglo-Boer War earning the clasps Tugela Heights, Relief of Ladysmith, Laing’s Nek and Transvaal, as Major, Volunteer Staff, and again in the Natal 1906 campaign as Lt.-Col. Natal Militia Staff. One of his sons also received both the CAFOD and the CAFLSM with the Natal Mounted Rifles.CAPE OF GOOD HOPE GENERAL SERVICE MEDAL 1880-97 Of the total 5,252 medals issued there were 585 with two clasps, and only 23 with all three clasps. One hundred and seven Volunteers received this medal, five with two clasps and two with three clasps.One of Volunteers who received three clasps Transkei, Basutoland, Bechuanaland is referred to later, and the other is Driver James Bobbins of the Cape Volunteer Artillery who later served in the Defence of Kimberley with the Kimberley Regiment, andreceived the CAFLSM (1903). BRITISH SOUTH AFRICA COMPANY MEDAL 1890-97 Twelve Volunteers received this medal with varying clasps. The names of three Volunteers appear in the roll of 200 who were issued with the rare 1890 medal and claspwhich was instituted in 1926. Lt.-Col. Charles Divine D.S.O. (1918), V.D. (1917). He served as a Driver with the Cape Volunteer Artillery 1884-87 and again 1892-94. In between these two periods he served as a Corporal with the British South Africa Company’s Police and took part in the expedition which marched into and occupied Mashonaland in September 1890. He served with the Cape Field Artillery in the Anglo-Boer War and in WWI in GSWA (MiD). He had also served in Sir Charles Warren’s expedition to Bechuanaland in 1885, for which there was no medal. His son was drowned at sea in 1942 whilst serving as a Lieutenant with the Royal Artillery. A recipient of the Rhodesia 1896 medal was Brig. George Molyneux D.S.O. (1917),V.D. (1913), 3rd Class Order of St. Stanislas (1917), French Croix de Guerre (1918)who served in six campaigns over 50 years. ANGLO BOER WAR MEDALS 1899-1902Defence of Mafeking 1899-1900. The names of four Volunteers appear among the list of only 1,150 Queen’s South Africa medals issued with this, the scarcest of the twenty six clasps.
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