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PostSubject: Marmaduke Stourton Captain 63rd Regiment.   Sat Mar 26, 2016 6:19 pm

I'm wondering if anyone has any idea what actually happened to Captain Stourton. According to Mackinnon & Shadbolt, Captain Stourton was based at the 63rd Regiment depot at the time of Isandlwana. Captain Stourton volunteered for South Africa and he was selected as special service officer with the 24th regiment. The transport ship that he travelled on to SA the 'Clyde' was wrecked in St Simon's Bay, fortunately Captain Stourton survived the wreck and continued his journey onto Durban. Whilst he was at Durban he proceeded in charge of drafts for the 24th Regiment to Pietermaritzburg. On the 18th of April he marched a distance of 12 miles and all the reports are that he was the 'cheeriest' of the party, singing, bugling and working hard to keep up the moral of the men. Later that day Captain Stourton continued the march but this time they had to overcome a particularity steep climb, at one point during the steep ascent he turned to an officer of the artillery and said ' I feel my life blood ebbing away, I am nearly done. instead of falling out he continued with the column up another steep hill that would lead them to the camp. The bugle sounded halt and Captain Stourton had just enough strength to give a final command before fainting to the ground, his men did all that they could to save him but he died where he had fallen.
It seems clear to me that he either died from a heart attack or heat stroke but considering that there were no other reports of the men in the column suffering or passing out it struck me as a very odd story.
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PostSubject: Re: Marmaduke Stourton Captain 63rd Regiment.   Sat Mar 26, 2016 6:33 pm

Could have been an underlying medical condition. So yes possible heart attack!
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PostSubject: Re: Marmaduke Stourton Captain 63rd Regiment.   Sat Mar 26, 2016 6:43 pm

Captain Stourton was a 39 year old Infantry officer, perhaps the army weren't so tough on physical fitness for officers back then. Its a sad story none the less.
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PostSubject: Re: Marmaduke Stourton Captain 63rd Regiment.   Sat Mar 26, 2016 8:07 pm

An account of Captain Stourton's death appears in the forthcoming book Victoria's Harvest.

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PostSubject: Re: Marmaduke Stourton Captain 63rd Regiment.   Sat Mar 26, 2016 8:35 pm

Hello John

I did notice that you had contributed to the Mackinnon & Shadbolt book that I found Captain Stourton's story in, I was hoping that you may of had further information on him. Is Victoria's Harvest written by your good self? I would be interested in reading it.
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Just researched it: The Irish soldier in the Zulu war of 1879
David Truesdale & John Young.
PS: The book cover looks good.

http://www.helion.co.uk/new-and-forthcoming-titles/victoria-s-harvest-the-irish-soldier-in-the-zulu-war-of-1879.html
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PostSubject: Re: Marmaduke Stourton Captain 63rd Regiment.   Sat Mar 26, 2016 8:57 pm


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Captain Marmaduke STOURTON - 63rd (West Suffolk) Regt.

Died at Pietermaritzburg, 18th April 1879. Aged 39. Son of William Stourton and Catherine Scully, of Yorkshire. Husband of Marie Franks.
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PostSubject: Re: Marmaduke Stourton Captain 63rd Regiment.   Sat Mar 26, 2016 9:15 pm

Waterloo50,

We have used the account from MacKinnon & Shadbolt's work as the basis for our retelling of Stourton's demise.

The cover comes from a children's story The Drums of the 24th.

Thanks Littlehand, you saved me the trouble. The photograph shows him in his former regiment's - the 8th Regiment - uniform.

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PostSubject: Re: Marmaduke Stourton Captain 63rd Regiment.   Sat Mar 26, 2016 9:23 pm

"Excerpt from "The South Africa Campaign of 1878/1879"
By Ian Knight and Dr Adrian Greaves

MARMADUKE STOURTON
CAPTAIN, 63RD REGIMENT (WEST SUFFOLK).
Captain Marmaduke Stourton, who died at Pietermaritzburg, on 18th April 1879, was the eldest son of the late Hon. William Stourton, of Yorkshire, by his marriage with Catherine, daughter of Edmund Scully, Esq., of Bloomfield, co. Tipperary. He was born on 14 January 1840, and was educated at Downside College, near Bath; at Namur, in Belgium; and at Stonyhurst College, Lancashire. Entering the army in May 1861, he was gazetted to an ensigncy in the 8th Foot, and served with that regiment at Malta, at Gibraltar, in India, and at the depôt in England. He became Lieutenant in 1864, and obtained his company in 1870, in which year he exchanged into the 63rd Regiment. He shortly afterwards embarked with that corps for India, and served there at various stations for several years.

On the news of the disaster at Isandlwana reaching England in February 1879, Captain Stourton who was at the depôt of his regiment at Ashton-under-Lyne, immediately volunteered for South Africa. He was selected as a special service officer to take up duty with the 24th Regiment, and was sent out, on 1st March in the transport “Clyde.” The vessel was wrecked in St. Simon’s Bay but owing to the admirable discipline that prevailed, no lives were lost, and all the troops were safely landed on the coast. Arriving shortly afterwards at Durban, Captain Stourton proceeded in charge of drafts of the 24th Regiment to Pietermaritzburg. During the morning 18 April he marched a distance of twelve miles, and was the cheeriest of the party – singing, bugling, and keeping up the spirits of the men in every possible way; but the afternoon’s advance commenced with an exceedingly steep ascent, on surmounting which he gasped for breath. Turning to an officer of the Artillery, he said: “I feel my life-blood ebbing away. I am nearly done.” Instead of falling out, he continued with the column in its march up another trying hill to the camp. When the bugle sounded “Halt,” he had just sufficient strength left to give his word of command, and then fell fainting to the ground. Within an hour afterwards, in spite of every exertion made by his comrades, his prophecy had been fulfilled, and his gallant spirit had passed away.

Though Captain Stourton’s death did not take place in the battlefield, he none the less rendered up his life in the service of his country. In spite of physical weakness he struggled on, a brave example to his men; and when his work was accomplished, he simply lay down and died. His remains were buried, with military honours, in the camp cemetery at Pietermaritzburg. The officers and men of the draft with which he had served erected a stone over the grave.

Captain Stourton married, in 1870, Marie, daughter of William Franks, Esq."
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PostSubject: Re: Marmaduke Stourton Captain 63rd Regiment.   Sat Mar 26, 2016 9:24 pm

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PostSubject: Re: Marmaduke Stourton Captain 63rd Regiment.   Sat Mar 26, 2016 9:30 pm

"HE LATE CAPTAIN STOURTON. --We deeply regret to have to record the death of Captain Marmaduke Stourton, eldest son of the late Hon. William Stourton. Having volunteered for the South African war he was selected as a special service officer to do duty with the 24th Regiment, and was sent out on the 1st of last March in the transport Clyde which was wrecked. Owing to the admirable discipline and devotion of all to duty every life was saved. A telegram in the Times of the 13th ult, states that Captain Stourton died in camp at Pietermaritzburg, Natal, but no further particulars have arrived. He has served in the army since 1861, principally abroad, and is much regretted by a large circle of relatives and friends. R.I.P. THE PRINCE OF WALES AND MS TENANTS.—A Plymouth paper is informed that the Prince of Wales has ordered a remiss ion of 20 per cent, for three years on the rents of all his tenants in the Duchy of Cornwall. The remission is to take effect from the Michaelmas of 1878."
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PostSubject: Re: Marmaduke Stourton Captain 63rd Regiment.   Sun Mar 27, 2016 11:27 am

Hi Waterloo50

One report giving a reason for his death.

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PostSubject: Re: Marmaduke Stourton Captain 63rd Regiment.   Sun Mar 27, 2016 12:01 pm

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Hi Waterloo50

One report giving a reason for is death.

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Thanks graves,

The OED defines apoplexy:
A malady, very sudden in its attack, which arrests more or less completely the powers of sense and motion; it is usually caused by an effusion of blood or serum in the brain, and preceded by giddiness, partial loss of muscular power, etc.
In modern parlance, this would be termed a cerebral hemorrhage.
It is frequently induced by sudden changes of temperature, strong mental emotion, abuse of spirituous drinks, or narcotic substances, tight cravats, and organic affections of the heart. The treatments used back in the day for apoplexy were opium, Mercury and caffeine.
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