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PostSubject: The Passing of Desmond Collins - Henry Longcast's Grandson   Wed Sep 21, 2016 6:11 am

I have been informed of the recent death of Desmond Collins. Desmond's Grandfather was Henry Longcast, Lord Chelmsford's interpreter.

Henry was deeply effected by the Zulu War and by his association with King Cetshwayo, and his and his descendants story is a fascinating one which is as yet little known outside of the family. From I have learnt so far it rivals - if not betters - that of John Dunn.

Rest in peace Desmond, it my regret we never met.

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PostSubject: Re: The Passing of Desmond Collins - Henry Longcast's Grandson   Wed Sep 21, 2016 6:45 am

Good evening JY, To think that he was alive until recently,
a living reminder of those far off days. maybe you might
find the time to tell the story one day. yes peace to him.
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PostSubject: Henry Longcast's Grandson    Wed Sep 21, 2016 10:06 am

Hi JY
I'm sure it would be a very interesting story , any plans to make it a future publication ? . I believe the Major is in Zululand this week Very Happy . Half his luck ! Salute
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