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PostSubject: LONGHURST, SEAWARD 1st Dragoon Guards.    Wed Feb 18, 2015 7:58 pm

LONGHURST, SEAWARD - 2 8 / 1 0 / 1 9 2 5 )
"He qualified MRCVS (London) on 31/3/1873 and with his regiment, the 1st Dragoon Guards, saw service in Natal from 1879 to 1880. In his book entitled Lord Chelmsford and the Zulu war (John Lane The Bodley Head 1939), Major General French D.S.O. records the following sequence of incidents involving veterinarian S Longhurst of the K.D.G's (kings Dragoon Guards).
On 21 May 1879 when the British columns revisited the battle ground of Isandhlawana for the first time after the massacre on the 22nd of January, a report was made to Miss Francis Colenso (daughter of Bishop Colenso) by Longhurst that he had seen Mr Theophilus Shepstone (son of Sir Theophilus) remove objects as well as correspondence from the dead body of Colonel Durnford. This action on the part of Shepstone smacked of concealment. At the time it was common knowledge that Miss Colenso was in love with Colonel Durnford and as he could be blamed for the unnecessary loss of life at Isandhlawana . she felt _that the correspondence removed from his body by Shepstone may have contained written orders which rendered Durnford blameless, ~nd Lord Chelmsford blameworthy. Subsequent enquiries proved that Shepstone had found no papers on Durnford's body (as it was coatless), but that his portmanteau had been handed to Miss Coleriso:unopened. Amongst the papers in this portmanteau was a despatch from Lord Chelmsford placing Durnford in sole command of the troops-and-therefore it could be assumed that he had been responsible for the massacre. It is possible therefore that Longhurst was guilty of make a false statement and that Miss Colenso in her turn was guilty-of concealment.
In 1880 Longhurst succeeded T P Gudgin as P.V.S. of the Army veterinary Department for a few months and in turn was succeeded by J D Lambert. He died on 28/10/1925 at Ash."
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PostSubject: Re: LONGHURST, SEAWARD 1st Dragoon Guards.    Wed Feb 18, 2015 8:27 pm

He accompanied Captain Becher to the Transvaal to purchase horses, and served subsequently at Conference Hill.


Married: - Annie Maude.
Service: - He entered the Veterinary Corps 1873 and served for 25 years, including overseas postings in South Africa, before his retirement in November 1898.
Zulu War: - He was attached to the 17th Lancers but was sent to Transvaal to inspect mounts prior to purchase. On his return he was stationed at Conference Hill.
Died: - 28th October 1927.
Buried: - Aldershot Military Cemetery.
Memorial: - Close to the entrance, it is a kerbed grave marked by a flat, inscribed scroll.

Date of Birth: - 23rd March 1849
Veterinary Surgeon 14th June 1873
Veterinary Surgeon (1st Class) 14th June 1883
South African War - 1879 - Zulu Campaign. Mentioned in Despatches. Medal with Clasp.
Source ‘The Army List ‘ July 1884 (p 1005 & 1317)
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