There is a Pte Thomas Stevens 25B/777
B Company, on the Roll of Defenders.
Is this the same man in this newspaper article? Though the surname is spelt different and the initial is E.
In his letter home he indicates clearly that he is a member of B Company 2-24th:
The Cardiff Times And South Wales Weekly News, Saturday May 29, 1879.
Heading of article: Interesting letters from local soldiers.
Writes to his parents at the Robin Hood Inn, Dowlais on 5th Feb 1879 from Rorke's Drift, Pte E Stephens, B Company, 2-24th.
In the letter he explained the details of what happened at Isandlwana before the Zulus attacked the location where he was. He goes on to say the following:
This occured about 10 or 12 miles from where our Company is staying.
Well one or two escaped at about two O'clock to our camp and reported that the Zulus had taken possession of the camp ( Isandlwana?), and they were making for us little lot.
Dear mother, a farthing would have bought all our lives. Then we got our guns and ammo, struck camp and barricaded the old store house as well as we could.
I know there is only one Stevens on the roll, as indicated above.
Is it the same person?
Were there two Stevens in B Company at the same time but names spelt differently?
Or is this E Stephens indicating otherwise?