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PostSubject: Re: Isandlwana Drummer Boy's (Mentioned by)    Thu Mar 17, 2011 5:01 pm

Hi Mr Greaves

Now that is a very good question, to which I do not know the answer, hopefully someone might know on here.
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PostSubject: Re: Isandlwana Drummer Boy's (Mentioned by)    Thu Mar 17, 2011 11:35 pm

Gent's came across this (Not Zulu war era, but wonder if it did apply back then)

ONNAUGHT TELEGRAPH, April 22nd 1916:-

A SOLDIER UNDER AGE.

"Mr. Doris asked the Under Secretary of State for War, if he was aware that Private Thomas Moran, No. 6521, 3rd Battalion, Connaught Rangers, enlisted at Westport on the 27th July, 1915, when he was only 17 years, 1 week, without the consent of his widowed mother, Catherine Moran, and that Mrs. Moran has made several unsuccessful applications for the discharge of her only son on the grounds that he is not of military age: and if he will state whether, if Moran cannot be discharged, he will be withdrawn from military service and placed at other necessary work until he attains the age of 19. Mr. Tenant ? I would take the liberty of referring the Honourable member to the previous answer I gave on this subject to a question put to me by the Honourable member for Blackburn on the 2nd November, 1915.

The following is the reply to Mr. Snowden referred to: -

Mr. Tenant ? The minimum age at which men are authorized to be taken for service with the Colours is at present nineteen, and no man is accepted for direct enlistment unless he gives his age on attestation as nineteen or over. Strict orders have been given to recruiting officers that unless a recruit evidently has the physique equivalent to his declared age he will not be enlisted without an examination of his birth certificate. If a recruit enlists who has declared his age to be over nineteen, but, who is actually below the age, the War Office do not consider that to be sufficient cause itself for discharging him from the Army.

Under existing arrangements, a soldier who is actually below nineteen may be sent abroad provided his physique is considered by the medical authorities to be that of a man of eighteen and a half. If his physique is below that of a man of eighteen and a half he is retained for training and Service at home until he reaches the required standard.
In practise, however, the War Office always allow a lad who is under seventeen be discharged provided application is made to his Commanding Officer, whilst he is serving at home. In the case of all soldiers serving Overseas, the question of discharge or return to his country rests with the Commanding-in-Chief, who retains only those considered fit for service abroad."
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PostSubject: Re: Isandlwana Drummer Boy's (Mentioned by)    Thu Mar 17, 2011 11:57 pm

Here are some photo's of the attestation and records papers for 1977 William Thake, 88th Regiment of Foot/ 1st Battalion, The Connaught Rangers.

He mustered in 15th December 1873 at the age of 14, 4 1/2 feet tall with a listed trade of musician so he was a drummer boy literally. He rose through the ranks eventually reaching Canteen Sergeant in 1888. His overseas service included India and South Africa (Zulu War, South Africa Medal with 1877-8-9 clasp) and earned the Long Service and Good Conduct Medal. He was discharged for medical reasons (hepatitis) on 5 April 1894 with over 21 years of service under his belt.

The 1901 census lists Thake living in Stepney, Middlesex, England with his wife Amy (who is also listed in his papers as with the regiment) and two children - Cyril and Muriel. His occupation is listed as an Inspector of Customs.


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PostSubject: Re: Isandlwana Drummer Boy's (Mentioned by)    Tue Mar 29, 2011 7:11 pm

Hi All

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Side Drum 1st Battalion 24th Regiment recovered from the battlefield of Isandhlwana, 1879
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PostSubject: Re: Isandlwana Drummer Boy's (Mentioned by)    Tue Mar 29, 2011 7:37 pm

Several ood points all round there.

There is a school of thought that those who returned to camp on the night of the 22nd did indeed see small bodies hanging from butchers meat hooks - these small bodies could have been lamb carcasses about to be butchered legitmately by the cooks when the attack commenced - esilty mistaken for young lads, at night, in such a highly charged atmosphere.

Zulu stripping and disembowelling of their enemies was a culturally motivated act in order to free the spirit of the dead enemy and should not be mistaken for "brutality" or "torture" as it was by the public and settlers of the time. (It is an act of respect to the dead enemy). Let us not criticise them for that.

Brutality however, in hand to hand fighting is completely believable and highly precedented throughout history. Look how the English behaved in the final stages at Agincourt, or how the Roman army behaved in the final defeat of the Iceni in ancient Britain.

Hanging from meat hooks, as reported by witnesses who were there - who are we to disbelieve them? Certain London gangsters hung their opponents from meat hooks - to do so in the heat of a brutal battle is not beyond the limits of my imagination at least.

It is not unprecedented for army officers/ncos to sanitise and play down the suffering and circumstances of their mens' deaths in action to relatives and press at home.

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PostSubject: Re: Isandlwana Drummer Boy's (Mentioned by)    Tue Mar 29, 2011 10:50 pm

Here's a question. Why is there only mention of seeing the boys on hooks. Why is there no mention of someone removing them from the hooks and burying them which would have been the proper thing to do. There is no record of young boys being at Isandlwana and no mention of this incident by officers. The house of Lords only make reference to the drummer boys through a letter from a Soldier. At the end of the day the drummer boys issue is based on hearsay evidence not factual. British properganda in 1879 at it's best.
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PostSubject: Re: Isandlwana Drummer Boy's (Mentioned by)    Tue Mar 29, 2011 10:59 pm

Mr G - see my final point above.

There are all sorts of reasons for this and and they are mainly honourable.
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PostSubject: Re: Isandlwana Drummer Boy's (Mentioned by)    Fri May 01, 2015 10:45 pm

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PostSubject: Re: Isandlwana Drummer Boy's (Mentioned by)    Sat May 02, 2015 9:50 pm

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PostSubject: Re: Isandlwana Drummer Boy's (Mentioned by)    Tue Jun 14, 2016 5:36 pm

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Surely your source cited for Lord Elcho's remarks should be HL not HC? Yes?
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You've duplicated two of your drummer boy accounts: Samuel Jones 45th Regt and Sam Jones NMR are one and the same person (NMR) and the same account.
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