WWW.1879ZULUWAR.COM

Zulu Dawn:“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?”
 
HomeHome  GalleryGallery  SearchSearch  RegisterRegister  Log inLog in  
Latest topics
» What if Dartnell had returned?
BOMBADIER THOMAS LEWIS (1854-1910) EmptyToday at 2:23 am by 90th

» 2110 Pte T, McCULLOCH 91st Foot
BOMBADIER THOMAS LEWIS (1854-1910) EmptyYesterday at 4:16 pm by gardner1879

» Hidden Ground at Isandlwana
BOMBADIER THOMAS LEWIS (1854-1910) EmptyYesterday at 1:33 pm by Frank Allewell

» FIND-A-GRAVE WEBSITE
BOMBADIER THOMAS LEWIS (1854-1910) EmptyYesterday at 12:29 pm by Muhlenbeck

» Lee Stevenson Books?
BOMBADIER THOMAS LEWIS (1854-1910) EmptyFri Oct 15, 2021 4:00 pm by Henry Martini

» New Member - Old Questions?
BOMBADIER THOMAS LEWIS (1854-1910) EmptyFri Oct 15, 2021 8:53 am by peter@zuluwars

» Pipe Major Walter Duncan
BOMBADIER THOMAS LEWIS (1854-1910) EmptyThu Oct 14, 2021 2:48 pm by majorduncan

» Unknown Patients at Rorke's Drift
BOMBADIER THOMAS LEWIS (1854-1910) EmptyThu Oct 14, 2021 5:15 am by Frank Allewell

» Seniority after the battle
BOMBADIER THOMAS LEWIS (1854-1910) EmptyThu Oct 14, 2021 1:45 am by 90th

» Laagering of Wagons at iSandlwana
BOMBADIER THOMAS LEWIS (1854-1910) EmptyWed Oct 13, 2021 1:36 am by 90th

» Removed offer declined
BOMBADIER THOMAS LEWIS (1854-1910) EmptyTue Oct 12, 2021 6:39 pm by Flintlock

» Task Organization for Sihayo Homestead Strike Force
BOMBADIER THOMAS LEWIS (1854-1910) EmptySat Oct 09, 2021 3:06 pm by WeekendWarrior

» WTB Original early type long Cocking Indicator for MkII Martini-Henry
BOMBADIER THOMAS LEWIS (1854-1910) EmptyFri Oct 08, 2021 6:52 pm by Stand to

» I am a happy boy!
BOMBADIER THOMAS LEWIS (1854-1910) EmptySun Oct 03, 2021 2:40 pm by Bromhead1879

» Looking for anyone that makes an correct Overseas Service Helmet
BOMBADIER THOMAS LEWIS (1854-1910) EmptySun Oct 03, 2021 2:54 am by BigPaulie

» Captain Barry and his Picquet at Mkwene
BOMBADIER THOMAS LEWIS (1854-1910) EmptyThu Sep 30, 2021 12:52 pm by gardner1879

» Could it have been an even bigger disaster?
BOMBADIER THOMAS LEWIS (1854-1910) EmptyThu Sep 30, 2021 7:09 am by Frank Allewell

» Display fixings
BOMBADIER THOMAS LEWIS (1854-1910) EmptyWed Sep 29, 2021 3:35 am by 90th

» New Members Welcome.
BOMBADIER THOMAS LEWIS (1854-1910) EmptyWed Sep 29, 2021 3:33 am by 90th

» The Horsley Familey
BOMBADIER THOMAS LEWIS (1854-1910) EmptyTue Sep 28, 2021 8:42 am by Phillipp

» Best Zulu wars documentary full.
BOMBADIER THOMAS LEWIS (1854-1910) EmptyMon Sep 20, 2021 8:06 am by gardner1879

» Bt. Major. Harvey, C.L. 71st L.I.
BOMBADIER THOMAS LEWIS (1854-1910) EmptyFri Sep 17, 2021 7:28 pm by John Young

» 2nd Lieutenant Thomas Leigh Hare, 24th
BOMBADIER THOMAS LEWIS (1854-1910) EmptyThu Sep 16, 2021 6:16 am by 90th

» 2nd Lieutenant Thomas Leigh Hare, 24th - Sword
BOMBADIER THOMAS LEWIS (1854-1910) EmptyTue Sep 14, 2021 4:59 pm by Brin

» Henry William Longcast, Interpreter.
BOMBADIER THOMAS LEWIS (1854-1910) EmptyMon Sep 13, 2021 8:35 pm by Trev

» Zulu Dinner Event 30th October
BOMBADIER THOMAS LEWIS (1854-1910) EmptyMon Sep 13, 2021 11:48 am by Julian Whybra

» Matabele Wars
BOMBADIER THOMAS LEWIS (1854-1910) EmptyMon Sep 13, 2021 7:57 am by Frank Allewell

» Alexandra Mounted Rifles, full biographical details
BOMBADIER THOMAS LEWIS (1854-1910) EmptySat Sep 11, 2021 8:38 am by bazley@mweb.co.za

» Rorke's Drift defenders.
BOMBADIER THOMAS LEWIS (1854-1910) EmptyThu Sep 09, 2021 11:10 pm by Spudee

» Murray Charles Wyndham C.B
BOMBADIER THOMAS LEWIS (1854-1910) EmptyWed Sep 08, 2021 6:49 am by Frank Allewell

» Brevet Major. Henry Spalding of Rorke's Drift and Information for Columns
BOMBADIER THOMAS LEWIS (1854-1910) EmptyMon Sep 06, 2021 7:17 pm by 1879graves

» Lt. of Orderlies A. Hall AHC KIA Isandlwana
BOMBADIER THOMAS LEWIS (1854-1910) EmptySun Sep 05, 2021 11:22 pm by ADMIN

» Who had a rifle?
BOMBADIER THOMAS LEWIS (1854-1910) EmptySun Sep 05, 2021 3:49 pm by gardner1879

» Essential Research
BOMBADIER THOMAS LEWIS (1854-1910) EmptyFri Sep 03, 2021 3:52 pm by Danny1960

» 1:72 Diorama of Ulundi
BOMBADIER THOMAS LEWIS (1854-1910) EmptyThu Sep 02, 2021 6:11 pm by philzrx

Search
 
 

Display results as :
 
Rechercher Advanced Search
The Anglo-Zulu war: Walking the battlefield of Ulundi
Top posters
90th
BOMBADIER THOMAS LEWIS (1854-1910) Bar_leftBOMBADIER THOMAS LEWIS (1854-1910) BarBOMBADIER THOMAS LEWIS (1854-1910) Bar_right 
Frank Allewell
BOMBADIER THOMAS LEWIS (1854-1910) Bar_leftBOMBADIER THOMAS LEWIS (1854-1910) BarBOMBADIER THOMAS LEWIS (1854-1910) Bar_right 
littlehand
BOMBADIER THOMAS LEWIS (1854-1910) Bar_leftBOMBADIER THOMAS LEWIS (1854-1910) BarBOMBADIER THOMAS LEWIS (1854-1910) Bar_right 
ADMIN
BOMBADIER THOMAS LEWIS (1854-1910) Bar_leftBOMBADIER THOMAS LEWIS (1854-1910) BarBOMBADIER THOMAS LEWIS (1854-1910) Bar_right 
1879graves
BOMBADIER THOMAS LEWIS (1854-1910) Bar_leftBOMBADIER THOMAS LEWIS (1854-1910) BarBOMBADIER THOMAS LEWIS (1854-1910) Bar_right 
rusteze
BOMBADIER THOMAS LEWIS (1854-1910) Bar_leftBOMBADIER THOMAS LEWIS (1854-1910) BarBOMBADIER THOMAS LEWIS (1854-1910) Bar_right 
Chelmsfordthescapegoat
BOMBADIER THOMAS LEWIS (1854-1910) Bar_leftBOMBADIER THOMAS LEWIS (1854-1910) BarBOMBADIER THOMAS LEWIS (1854-1910) Bar_right 
John
BOMBADIER THOMAS LEWIS (1854-1910) Bar_leftBOMBADIER THOMAS LEWIS (1854-1910) BarBOMBADIER THOMAS LEWIS (1854-1910) Bar_right 
Mr M. Cooper
BOMBADIER THOMAS LEWIS (1854-1910) Bar_leftBOMBADIER THOMAS LEWIS (1854-1910) BarBOMBADIER THOMAS LEWIS (1854-1910) Bar_right 
Julian Whybra
BOMBADIER THOMAS LEWIS (1854-1910) Bar_leftBOMBADIER THOMAS LEWIS (1854-1910) BarBOMBADIER THOMAS LEWIS (1854-1910) Bar_right 
Top posting users this month
Frank Allewell
BOMBADIER THOMAS LEWIS (1854-1910) Bar_leftBOMBADIER THOMAS LEWIS (1854-1910) BarBOMBADIER THOMAS LEWIS (1854-1910) Bar_right 
gardner1879
BOMBADIER THOMAS LEWIS (1854-1910) Bar_leftBOMBADIER THOMAS LEWIS (1854-1910) BarBOMBADIER THOMAS LEWIS (1854-1910) Bar_right 
90th
BOMBADIER THOMAS LEWIS (1854-1910) Bar_leftBOMBADIER THOMAS LEWIS (1854-1910) BarBOMBADIER THOMAS LEWIS (1854-1910) Bar_right 
John Young
BOMBADIER THOMAS LEWIS (1854-1910) Bar_leftBOMBADIER THOMAS LEWIS (1854-1910) BarBOMBADIER THOMAS LEWIS (1854-1910) Bar_right 
BigPaulie
BOMBADIER THOMAS LEWIS (1854-1910) Bar_leftBOMBADIER THOMAS LEWIS (1854-1910) BarBOMBADIER THOMAS LEWIS (1854-1910) Bar_right 
Stand to
BOMBADIER THOMAS LEWIS (1854-1910) Bar_leftBOMBADIER THOMAS LEWIS (1854-1910) BarBOMBADIER THOMAS LEWIS (1854-1910) Bar_right 
aussie inkosi
BOMBADIER THOMAS LEWIS (1854-1910) Bar_leftBOMBADIER THOMAS LEWIS (1854-1910) BarBOMBADIER THOMAS LEWIS (1854-1910) Bar_right 
timothylrose
BOMBADIER THOMAS LEWIS (1854-1910) Bar_leftBOMBADIER THOMAS LEWIS (1854-1910) BarBOMBADIER THOMAS LEWIS (1854-1910) Bar_right 
peter@zuluwars
BOMBADIER THOMAS LEWIS (1854-1910) Bar_leftBOMBADIER THOMAS LEWIS (1854-1910) BarBOMBADIER THOMAS LEWIS (1854-1910) Bar_right 
WeekendWarrior
BOMBADIER THOMAS LEWIS (1854-1910) Bar_leftBOMBADIER THOMAS LEWIS (1854-1910) BarBOMBADIER THOMAS LEWIS (1854-1910) Bar_right 
Most active topics
Pte David Jenkins. 'Forgotten' Survivor of Rorke's Drift Returned to Official Records
Durnford was he capable.1
Isandlwana, Last Stands
Durnford was he capable.5
Durnford was he capable. 4
The ammunition question
Durnford was he capable. 3
Durnford was he capable.2
Pte David Jenkins. 'Forgotten' Survivor of Rorke's Drift Returned to Official Records
The missing five hours.
Most Viewed Topics
Pte David Jenkins. 'Forgotten' Survivor of Rorke's Drift Returned to Official Records
The missing five hours.
Isandlwana, Last Stands
Adding to the Library
The ammunition question
ISANDLWANA SURVIVIORS
Recent Members To The ZULU WAR 1879 Discussion & Reference Forum ( A Small Victorian War in 1879)
Durnford was he capable.5
Pte David Jenkins. 'Forgotten' Survivor of Rorke's Drift Returned to Official Records
Lieutenant Adendorff 1-3 N.N.C.
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.
Keywords
james williams harford carbineers melvill henry martini taylor Mounted horse payne Prince Police smith Russell zulu Woolfryes spalding Isandlwana Franklin john Natal Durnford 24th George drift
 

 BOMBADIER THOMAS LEWIS (1854-1910)

Go down 
2 posters
AuthorMessage
Saul David 1879



Posts : 527
Join date : 2009-02-28

BOMBADIER THOMAS LEWIS (1854-1910) Empty
PostSubject: BOMBADIER THOMAS LEWIS (1854-1910)   BOMBADIER THOMAS LEWIS (1854-1910) EmptyThu Mar 05, 2009 7:50 pm

[You must be registered and logged in to see this image.]


Lewis joined the Royal Artillery as Gunner 458 on November 21st, 1874. In February 1878 he was with 'N' Battery in South Africa, he was promoted to Bombadier. Bombardier Thomas Lewis had some luck that he perhaps did not regard as such. After a wagon overturned on him and badly injured his leg, he was in the Field Hospital at Rorkes Drift. Had this not been the case, he would have been with “N/5” at Isandhlwana. Rorkes Drift was a trading post built by James Rorke. In January 1879 it was serving as a Commissariat and Field Hospital. It was regarded as a backwater and lightly defended.

Zulus repeatedly attacked the hospital and set the roof alight. Henry Hook defended a doorway single handed for several hours with bullet and bayonet. Private 1395 John Williams hacked through walls with his bayonet to get the patients back to (relative) safety. At the other end of the building Privates 716 Robert Jones and 593 William Jones also defended each inch at bayonet point. Private Cole and another of the Hospital Guard were soon killed. Private 1398 Joseph Williams defended a window single handed and when his ammunition ran out, he continued to defend the window at bayonet point. Eventually the Zulus dragged him out and disembowled him. After the battle, 14 dead Zulus were found by “Joseph Williams Window” and many more in his field of fire.

Eventually the Hospital Guard got most of the patients out of the hospital and carried those who could not walk through a rain of assegais and bullets to the Commissariat. Thomas Lewis, had to jump out of a window despite injury to his leg, and crawl the 30 or so yards across open ground to some form of safety. Miraculously he reached the Commissariat unscathed.

The battle continued all night but in the morning the Zulus being unable to take Kwa Jimu (Rorkes Drift) and fearing the arrival of Chelmsford’s reinforcements, retreated. Thus a military legend was born. 11 VCs were awarded, including Chard, Bromhead, Dalton, Henry Hook, John Williams, Robert Jones, and William Jones.

Bombardier Lewis developed fever in addition to his leg injury and was taken to the hospital at Pietermaritzberg. Thomas’ brother in law was dead, he was injured and although he was unaware at the time, his father had died six weeks before the battle.

3rd July 1882 at Windsor Great Park, Lewis was accorded the great honour of being personally presented to Queen Victoria. Victoria always retained a soft spot for Rorkes Drift Defenders and it was she who coined the phrase, “The defence of Rorkes Drift is Immortal”.

Circa 1885 Thomas Lewis left the Army. He worked briefly as a Prison Officer, perhaps in Brecon. He then came to London and took up residence in Highgate and became Horse Tram Driver. It is believed he worked for London Street Tramways, based at Junction Road or London Metropolitan Tramways based at Highgate (Holloway Road) Depot. Both these companies were taken over by London County Council Tramways. The first date that Thomas can be placed in this occupation is January 1898, as he is shown as such on his eldest child’s Birth Certificate.

In August 1910 Thomas developed Appendicitis. This was a very serious matter in 1910 and the only “free” hospital with the technology to operate was The London Hospital Whitechapel. Thomas Lewis’ full daily medical notes is still extant for his final 77 days.

After his initial operation (before the days of antibiotics) Pus developed and also gangrene. Thomas’ wound was opened twice more. In addition, various drainage tubes were inserted. Despite this and being bedridden from August, Thomas recovered to the point that he was considered for discharge. (No actual date has been given by Thomas’ Grandson-in-Law) but at 10.22 pm in Richmond Ward, London Hospital, Thomas’ Medical Notes record….”Was practically ready to go out till 2-3 minutes from death, when he was reading a book and seen to drop it and fall dead”. The note was signed by Mr Levy the house surgeon

Thomas died from a Pulmonary Embolism. There is a final twist, line six and seven of Thomas’ Post Mortem Report records….”Small amount of fibrin along sinus which leads to a pus soaked Gauze Swab. Fibrous adhesions around the swab”! They left a swab inside him after one of his three operations. Although this was not the direct cause of death, it would have delayed his recovery and made the final Pulmonary Embolism more likely. Thus, after surviving the horrors of Rorkes Drift and Victorian working class society, Thomas’ demise was at least hastened by the negligence of Hugh Rigby, his Surgeon.


He is buried in Highgate Cemetery in a pauper’s grave

See Pictorial catalogue of AZW graves

HIGHGATE CEMETERY MILITARY
Back to top Go down
24th

24th

Posts : 1858
Join date : 2009-03-25

BOMBADIER THOMAS LEWIS (1854-1910) Empty
PostSubject: Re: BOMBADIER THOMAS LEWIS (1854-1910)   BOMBADIER THOMAS LEWIS (1854-1910) EmptyThu Sep 24, 2009 11:15 pm

THE heroic background of a soldier buried in an unmarked grave in Highgate Cemetery has been unearthed by his granddaughter's husband.

John Roker has painstakingly researched the life of Thomas Lewis and found that he was one of the few to survive the siege of Rorke's Drift in 1879.

Bombardier Thomas Lewis of the N Battery 5th Brigade Royal Artillery escaped death at the battle immortalised in the 1964 film Zulu starring Sir Michael Caine.

Mr Roker, who lives in Gloucestershire, said: "My research started nearly two years ago. My late mother-in-law Gladys Blackwell always maintained her father fought at the defence of Rorke's Drift.

"To my shame, I did not pursue this while she was alive. My knowledge then was confined to watching the film Zulu which I now know to be historically inaccurate.

"I believed, again to my shame, that the research would take only a few hours, I would prove it was a load of rubbish and still be in time for a pint and a pipe in the village pub."

But Mr Roker found there was certainly more than a grain of truth in his mother-in-law's stories and that his wife's grandfather was a "brave and gallant soldier, who while an ordinary man, led a most eventful life".

Born in Brecon, Wales, Thomas Lewis joined the Royal Artillery in 1874 and was dispatched to South Africa in 1878. After being injured when a wagon fell on him, he was taken to Rorke's Drift, a supply station and makeshift field hospital. On the morning of January 22, 1879, Rorke's Drift became the stuff of legend when 150 soldiers successfully defended it against some 4,000 Zulus.

In 1882, Bombardier Lewis met Queen Victoria and was also awarded the South Africa Medal with Zulu Wars Clasp.

He left the army around 1885 and later came to London, where he worked as a horse tram driver. He and Annie Price had six children and the family lived in several places, including Despard Road and Highgate Hill. In August 1910, Thomas developed appendicitis and was taken to The London Hospital in Whitechapel.

After studying his post mortem notes, Mr Roker said: "They left a swab inside him after one of his three operations.

"Thus after surviving the horrors of Rorke's Drift and Victorian working class society, Thomas's demise was at least hastened by the negligence of his surgeon."

With the help of staff at Highgate Cemetery, Mr Roker located his relative's grave.

Simon Moore-Martin, manager of Highgate Cemetery said: "He's buried in a common grave so there's likely to be more than one person buried there. It's not visible from the path so we cannot include it in the tour but it could be mentioned."

Source: .hamhigh
Back to top Go down
 
BOMBADIER THOMAS LEWIS (1854-1910)
Back to top 
Page 1 of 1

Permissions in this forum:You cannot reply to topics in this forum
WWW.1879ZULUWAR.COM  :: THE ONE'S THE HISTORY BOOKS FORGOT-
Jump to: