Film Zulu Dawn. General Lord Chelmsford: For a savage, as for a child, chastisement is sometimes a kindness. Sir Henry Bartle Frere: Let us hope, General, that this will be the final solution to the Zulu problem.
HomeHome  CalendarCalendar  GalleryGallery  PublicationsPublications  FAQFAQ  SearchSearch  RegisterRegister  Log inLog in  
Latest topics
Corporal A.S. Binnie 2/21st
Corporal A.S. Binnie, 2/21st, 854 private during Zulu War [Forsyth Medal Roll] (Isandula Collection)
Battle of Rorke's Drift 1879 -- Anglo Zulu War Documentary

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
Frank Allewell
John Young
Julian Whybra
Most active topics
Isandlwana, Last Stands
Pte David Jenkins. 'Forgotten' Survivor of Rorke's Drift Returned to Official Records
Durnford was he capable.5
Durnford was he capable.1
Durnford was he capable. 3
Durnford was he capable. 4
Durnford was he capable.2
The ammunition question
Pte David Jenkins. 'Forgotten' Survivor of Rorke's Drift Returned to Official Records
The missing five hours.

Share | 

 Letter from P.O. 1st Class Cookson, "Shah" Naval Brigade

Go down 
Petty Officer Tom


Posts : 106
Join date : 2017-02-05

PostSubject: Letter from P.O. 1st Class Cookson, "Shah" Naval Brigade   Thu Feb 23, 2017 6:08 pm

The following is an extract from a letter addressed to Mr. S. Cookson, by his son, Mr. John Cookson, serving with the Naval Brigade in Zululand.

May 20th
We were in the column that went out to the relief of Colonel Pearson at Ekowe.  We had one good engagement before we got there, and I think that it will be the turning point as I hear that the Zulu King has been suing for peace.  We have had several messengers in our camp lately with messages saying that he does not want to fight the English any more.  But the Zulus are a very acute race of people, and there is no trusting them.  The morning they attacked us they came upon us like swarms of bees, but we poured the shot into them like hail.  We had two nine-pounder guns, two Gatling guns, and four rocket tubes.  I can tell you that we gave it to them both hot and strong while it lasted, to warm ourselves up a little, as the rain fell in torrents the evening before, and we had all got a good soaking in it, having nothing to cover us but the clothes that we stood upright in.  So you may imagine we felt a little chilled, and having no breakfast (we were just about to prepare to get it when they were sighted), they may have wanted to share it with us, but we did not feel inclined to let them.  So the action commenced, and lasted about an hour and a half at the outside, and those who did not stop to be killed I dare say are running yet., for they threw away everything that they had, and set off like hares.  There must have been over 2,000 of them killed or died of their wounds afterwards, for we have had to Love our camping ground twice to get better water, on account of their dead bodies lying in it.  It has caused a great deal of sickness, and of the water where we are now it is reported that there are bodies in it.  We have taken over 200 prisoners since out engagement at Gingolova.  We are expecting to make another flit up the country shortly, and build another fort; but there is another river to cross, which it is considered will be rather difficult, as there is thick bush on the other side.  All our mounted men were out at it a few days ago, to look and find the best place to cross; and there were large bodies of Zulus who opened fire on them from the other side, which they soon returned, and killed several of them that they saw lying about, but nothing happened to our men.

(Source:  The Kendal Mercury, June 27, 1879)

Petty Officer Tom
Back to top Go down
Letter from P.O. 1st Class Cookson, "Shah" Naval Brigade
Back to top 
Page 1 of 1

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