Weekly mail, Saturday march 22 1879:
OUR LONDON LETTER (From our own correspondent)
I have a little secret to tell those who take an interest in the gallant fight which Lieutenant's Chard and Bromhead made, and which saved Natal and in all probability Lord Chelmsford's reconnoitring party. Chard failed to pass the examination which was demanded of him about a year ago, and as for Bromhead, in the private report book of the war office he is described in terms so deprecatory of his capacity as an officer that, had the judgement been formed on a sound basis, the defence of Rorkes Drift would never have taken place. These gallant men were , in fact, both grossly misrepresented and I'll treated; and yet they have saved their country from despair and disaster.