Zulu Dawn:Col. Durnford: Sergeant, you're to ride back to Natal. When you see the Bishop tell him, that is, tell his daughter, that I was obliged to remain here with my infantry. Now go. God go with you. Sgt. Maj. Kambula: I leave God Jesus with you.
HomeHome  CalendarCalendar  GalleryGallery  PublicationsPublications  FAQFAQ  SearchSearch  RegisterRegister  Log inLog in  
Latest topics
» Brevet Lieutenant Colonel SAMUEL MORGAN CROFTON
Today at 8:39 am by 1879graves

» Isandlwana Casualty - John William Jones Davies
Today at 8:13 am by Julian Whybra

» 1820 LCE. SGT. P. Y. DWYER, 17th D. C. O. LRS.
Yesterday at 3:57 pm by ADMIN

» Lord Cs booklet about the Zulus...
Yesterday at 9:46 am by SRB1965

» Rorkes Drift Zulu Indunas
Yesterday at 7:58 am by SRB1965

» News Letter
Wed Feb 21, 2018 9:24 pm by ADMIN

»  Durnford's Rocket Battery
Wed Feb 21, 2018 10:21 am by SRB1965

» Remit of a staff officer
Wed Feb 21, 2018 8:12 am by SRB1965

» Pte John Williams, survivor of Isandlwana
Wed Feb 21, 2018 7:22 am by SRB1965

» Alexander Walkinshaw, D.C.M
Wed Feb 21, 2018 4:01 am by 90th

» Peter Edmunds, 2nd 24th (The 2nd Warwickshire) Regiment of Foot
Tue Feb 20, 2018 11:17 pm by 1879graves

» The Steamship “Danube”
Mon Feb 19, 2018 3:56 pm by barry

» Private 1875 James Heggie, 91st (Princess Louise's Argyllshire Highlanders) Regiment
Sun Feb 18, 2018 8:48 am by 1879graves

» Private 29B/1088 Tom Peddar, 58th (Rutlandshire) Regiment
Sun Feb 18, 2018 8:29 am by 1879graves

» Dr. J. C. Pearson
Sun Feb 18, 2018 12:18 am by 1879graves

Colonel R.C. Whitehead, 58th Regt.--Ulundi (Mac and Shad)
Isandula Collection
Professional Zulu Dancing

Display results as :
Rechercher Advanced Search
Top posters
Frank Allewell
Mr M. Cooper
Fair Use Notice
Fair use notice. This website may contain copyrighted material the use of which has not been specifically authorised by the copyright owner. We are making such material and images are available in our efforts to advance the understanding of the “Anglo Zulu War of 1879. For educational & recreational purposes. We believe this constitutes a 'fair use' of any such copyrighted material, as provided for in UK copyright law. The information is purely for educational and research purposes only. No profit is made from any part of this website. If you hold the copyright on any material on the site, or material refers to you, and you would like it to be removed, please let us know and we will work with you to reach a resolution.
Top posting users this month
Julian Whybra
John Young
Frank Allewell
Most active topics
Isandlwana, Last Stands
Durnford was he capable.1
Pte David Jenkins. 'Forgotten' Survivor of Rorke's Drift Returned to Official Records
Durnford was he capable.5
Durnford was he capable. 3
Durnford was he capable.2
Durnford was he capable. 4
The ammunition question
Pte David Jenkins. 'Forgotten' Survivor of Rorke's Drift Returned to Official Records
The missing five hours.

Share | 

 Looking for information - Private Maurice O'Connell, 2/24th Regt -Zulu War medal recipient

Go down 

Posts : 5
Join date : 2012-06-02
Age : 44
Location : Haslemere, Surrey

PostSubject: Looking for information - Private Maurice O'Connell, 2/24th Regt -Zulu War medal recipient   Sat Mar 09, 2013 11:38 am

I'm a new poster here on the forum, although since joining last year I have visited from time to time to learn a little more about the history of the Zulu war, and looking for more information on my great-great grandfather, who served for the duration of the war as a Private in the 2nd Battalion 24th (2nd Warwickshire) Regiment of Foot.

His name was Pte Maurice O'Connell, an Irishman from County Kerry, who served with the regiment between 1864 and 1886. He went on to become a Sergeant and served in Gibraltar and India before retiring and passing away in Kent in 1924 aged 81.

My great-grandmother was his eldest daughter. As a child, I knew her (she died at the age of 98 in 1979) - and growing up I was fortunate to hear a few Zulu war stories involving Maurice recounted by family members. She was born at sea as her mother was en route to the regiment's garrison in India in 1881. I have her baptismal certificate from this time signed by R.J. Brandon- a British Army chaplain who possibly served with the 2/24th Regiment - showing her baptism at Secunderabad, India, and listing her father's occupation as Private Soldier 2/24th Regt.

Having obtained Maurice's military record from Kew several years ago, I always wondered what had happened to the one medal he was awarded during his military service - the Zulu War/South African Medal and 1877 - 78 - 79 clasps. I assumed that it had vanished in the sands of time, and I certainly never imagined that I would learn of it’s fate.

I was very surprised and intrigued when a recent google search on my great-great grandfather's name found a for sale advert on the internet for his medal, with one of the well known UK medal dealers. Unfortunately, although I contacted them immediately they advised that it had already sold to a UK collector in Dorset, and that I had missed it by a few days. Sad

If anyone is able to assist with putting me in contact with the buyer of this medal, or has any information they can share on Maurice O'Connell's service in the Zulu war, I'd be very grateful for any help and assistance they can provide.
Back to top Go down
Looking for information - Private Maurice O'Connell, 2/24th Regt -Zulu War medal recipient
Back to top 
Page 1 of 1

Permissions in this forum:You cannot reply to topics in this forum
Jump to: