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Film Zulu Dawn quote: “Excuse me, my Lord, there's something I must convey to you. I rode along the track down to Rorke's Drift. The sky above is red with fire. Your orders my Lord? Do we move to the drift?”
 
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PostSubject: Rorkes drift Hotel   Rorkes drift Hotel EmptyTue Jul 07, 2020 6:20 pm

Its with great sadness that I have to tell the forum that Charles Aikenhead my very dear friend has died in an accident at the hotel. It seems that a fire break exercise got out of control and spread to one of the hotel buildings. In fighting the fire Charles  died. There is at this stage no other news but I will will pass on anything that comes up.


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PostSubject: Re: Rorkes drift Hotel   Rorkes drift Hotel EmptyTue Jul 07, 2020 6:40 pm

Oh dear that's very sad.

My condolences to his family & friends

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PostSubject: Re: Rorkes drift Hotel   Rorkes drift Hotel EmptyTue Jul 07, 2020 6:49 pm

Frank thanks for posting.
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PostSubject: Re: Rorkes drift Hotel   Rorkes drift Hotel EmptyTue Jul 07, 2020 8:18 pm

Frank,

What terrible news.

Please accept my condolences for the loss of your friend.

John
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PostSubject: Re: Rorkes drift Hotel   Rorkes drift Hotel EmptyWed Jul 08, 2020 8:13 am

Charles Aikenhead was commissioned into the Irish Guards from RMA Sandhurst on 17 December 1965.  He retired from the British Army as a Captain in March 1974 due to ill health.
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PostSubject: Re: Rorkes drift Hotel   Rorkes drift Hotel EmptyWed Jul 08, 2020 4:38 pm

Very sorry to hear Frank

My condolences

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PostSubject: Re: Rorkes drift Hotel   Rorkes drift Hotel EmptyWed Jul 08, 2020 5:44 pm

How Charles’ death is being reported in a local newspaper report:
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PostSubject: Rorke's Drift Hotel    Rorkes drift Hotel EmptyThu Jul 09, 2020 2:06 am

Yes , very sad news indeed . RIP Charles .
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PostSubject: Re: Rorkes drift Hotel   Rorkes drift Hotel EmptyThu Jul 09, 2020 4:51 pm

It is very sad. Charles was such a nice person, and he always gave me a fantastic deal when I stayed at his establishment. His business venture has employed a great many of the local community, and he will be greatly missed by such a lot of people. He was a true gentleman. Thank you, Charles.
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PostSubject: Re: Rorkes drift Hotel   Rorkes drift Hotel EmptyFri Jul 10, 2020 4:57 am

That is very sad news, I was there last on the 140th anniversary and had a great time, thank you Charles and GOD BLESS.
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PostSubject: Re: Rorkes drift Hotel   Rorkes drift Hotel EmptyTue Jul 21, 2020 10:14 am

As an update.
Charles was cremated on Friday and a service was held at the hotel. The ashes will be held until the covid crisis is over and visitors will be allowed then a further service will be conducted.

Phumula ngokuthula mngani wami
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PostSubject: Rip charles   Rorkes drift Hotel EmptyThu Aug 13, 2020 7:00 pm

So very sad to hear of the passing of Charles, we stayed at rorkes drift , And often sat and chatted with Charles, He was a unique man, may he rest in peace.
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