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|Subject: Lance-Sergeant John Key, 2/24th Foot. Rorkes Drift Defender. Sun Mar 11, 2012 1:41 am|| |
[You must be registered and logged in to see this image.]"The Zulu War Medal awarded to Lance-Sergeant John Key, 2/24th Foot, who served with “B” company at the historic defence of the Rorke’s Drift Mission Station.
South Africe 1877-79, 1 Clasp 1877-8-9 (2389 Lce. Sergt. J. Key. 2-24th Foot),
John Key attested at Secunderbad, India, on 28 August 1871, and was posted to the 2nd Battalion, 24th Foot. Appointed a Drummer in 1873, he reverted to Private in September 1877 and was appointed a Lance-Corporal in May 1878. He was promoted Corporal in July 1878 and appointed Lance-Sergeant on 19 February 1879.
He thus served as a Corporal in “B” Company at the epic defence of the mission station at Rorke’s Drift on 22nd/23rd January 1879. He was promoted to Sergeant in March 1880 and placed on the unattached list at Secunderbad on 1 March 1884."