Zulu.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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Subject: Re: Obituary DR L.W.Reynolds. Sat Mar 02, 2013 2:45 pm
"LEWIS WILLIAM REYNOLDS (1856-1935). M.R.C.S. (Eng.), L.S.A., M.R.C.P. (Lond.), J.P. [Epsom College 1870-1872] was the son of William Reynolds, surgeon of Wellington, Somerset, and brother of Arthur Henry Reynolds [Epsom College 1874- 1877], Charles Edward Reynolds [Epsom College 1874-1878], Ernest Reynolds [Epsom College 1876- 1879], and Lieutenant-Colonel Eric William Reynolds [Epsom College 1900-1902]. He received his medical education at Guy’s Hospital and after qualification served as a Civil Surgeon, A.M.D. in South Africa (1878-1879), taking part in the Battle of Ulundi, for which he was awarded the South Africa Medal and Clasp. After the South African War he was appointed Medical Officer of Health for High Wycombe, and Surgeon at High Wycombe General Hospital. He also served as a J.P. for the County of Buckinghamshire. During his time in South Africa Lewis Reynolds kept a detailed record of his experiences and the events taking place around him. His diaries were published in 2002, under the title A Civil Surgeon – Serving with the British Army in the Anglo-Zulu War. His narrative makes interesting reading. At the conclusion of the Battle of Ulundi he writes: “After this we advanced and burnt Ulundi & also 6 or 7 large military kraals, and then returned to our camp on Umvolosi River. 2 volunteers who were killed yesterday were buried. Beresford was the first into Ulundi, galloping up with three others & jumping the fence, hat in hand. The column returned in great spirit, bands playing – colours flying, kraals burning all around…..20,000 Zulus are supposed to have been in action, having against them about 4,000 European".
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Subject: Dr LW Reynolds Sun Mar 03, 2013 6:43 am
I have his book , well worth reading . It's difficult to find . Cheers 90th.
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Obituary J. H. REYNOLDS, V.C., LL.D. Lieut.-Colonel R.A.M.C.(ret.) Lieut.-Colonel James Henry Reynolds, V.C., died on March 4th, aged 88. He was born on February 3rd, 1844, the second son of Laurence Reynolds, J.P., of Dalyston House, County Longford, and was educated at Castle Knock and at Trinity College, Dublin, where he graduated M.B. and Ch.B. in 1867. He entered the Army as assistant surgeon in 1868, and was posted to the 36th Foot, now the 2nd Battalion of the Worcestershire Regiment. He became surgeon in 1873, on the abolition of the rank of assistant surgeon, and surgeon major in 1879, by a special promotion for his services at Rorke's Drift. He was then, however, only one year short of promotion by length of service in the ordinary course. He became brigade surgeon lieutenant-colonel in December, 1892, and retired in January, 1896. After his retirement he was employed for some time in medical charge of the Royal Army Clothing Factory at Pimlico. He served in South Africa in the Griqualand expedition of 1875; in the Kaffir war of 1877-78, taking part in the action with the Galekas at Impetu, and in the Zulu war of 1879, when he was one of the three officers in the fort at Rorke's Drift, which withstood the attack of the Zulu army after the annihilation of a British force, chiefly consisting of the 24th Foot, the South Wales Borderers, at Isandhlwana, and saved the colony of Natal from invasion by the rush of the triumphant army of Zulus under King Cetewayo. I'he other two officers were Lie-utenant Chard, R.E., and Lieutenant Bromhead, 24th Foot; all three got the V.C. He was also present at the battle of Ulundi, where the Zulu army was completely defeated and the Zulu kingdom brought to an end. He was mentioned in dispatches in the London Gazette of March 15th, 1879, and received the medal with a clasp, as well as the V.C. He was also given the LL.D. by Trinity College, Dublin, the Honorary Fellowship of the Royal College of Physicians, Ireland; and the Gold Medal of the British Medical Association. His V.C. was gazetted in June, 1879, as follows: "For the conspicuous bravery during the attack at Rorke's Drift on January 22nd and 23rd, 1879, which he exhibited in his constant attention to the wounded under fire, and in his voluntarily conveying ammunition from the store to the defenders of the hospital, whereby he exposed himnself to a cross-fire from the enemy both in going and. returning." Colonel. Reynolds was one of the three oldest V.C.s who attended the dinner in the Royal Gallery of the House of Lords, at which the Prince of Wales presided, on November 9th, 1929. In 1880 he married Elizabeth, daughter of Dr. M'Cormick.
Mr. WALTER G. SPENCER writes: Whilst Colonel Reynolds was in charge of the Pimlico Clothing Department he frequently sent workers to Westninster Hospital for treatment and, later, he came to me about his health, the last time at the beginning of 1929. Then a cancer, for which a grave operation would previously have been called for, disappeared in about ten days under radium. Colonel Reynolds was thus able to walk at the head of the V.C.s at the Thanksgiving Ceremony, and to be present at the dinner in the House of Lords. Our conversations often returned to Rorke's Drift, and from notes I jotted down I have picked out a few of his reminiscences which I have not noticed in print. There were thirty-six patients in hospital, most in different stages of typhoid fever. No preparations had been made for the defence of the station. Reynolds was senior officer, having been already six years in South Africa; Bromhead and Chard were young subalterns just out from England; Dalton, an army noncommissioned officer, who had rejoined, had had experience in the methods of defence employed by the Boers. When fugitives from Isandhlwana reached Rorke's Drift, it was first proposed to evacuate the place, but Reynolds declared that to be impossible. Even if the convoy could cross the river the ascent of the opposite bank was so long and steep that the Zulus would certainly catch it up. It was Dalton who arranged the defence with mealie bags. When the Zulus came into view there appeared horsemen in scarlet, and the cry was that the cavalry were returning; but Reynolds pointed out that the riders were not rising in their saddles, but sat the horses as did the natives. Coming nearer, the Zulu impi drew up, and ceremoniously took snuff, heralding a charge to the uttermost. A few Zulus got into the garden and into the hospital before two patients in bed could be got within the laager; a third lost his head, took a wrong turning, and was also killed. The remaining thirty-three cases were saved, and survived the subsequent stench.