John William Theobald, was the subject of an article which appeared in Lincoln's 'Chronicle and Leader' newspaper.
A KING IN A CRATE
Lincoln Veteran of the Zulu War.
Cetywayo Bretrayed By His Cooks.
Here are some extracts from the article:
'When he was 20 ( 1874) Mr. Theobald gave up woring on the land to join the Royal Artillery. As a groom , he sailed to South Africa with horses of the regiment in 1879,.....
Mr.Theobald was one of the gallant band of 60 men who defended the small mission station of Rorke's Drift, on the border of Zulu-land, against repeated attacks of 3,000 Zulu warriors, and he was present at the capture of King Cetywayo, which resulted in the appointment of an English resident and the division of the country in 13 districts, each governed by an independant chief. Ulandi was the chief military kraal wheer the king resided.
According to Mr. Theobald, Cetywayo was not found when the troops visited Ulandi, but the soldiers surprised two Zulu men and a woman, cooking a hearty meal over a glowing fire.
The officer in charge had the men arrested with a view of questioning them as to the whereabouts of the king and the remainder of the tribe, but for along time the natives would not speak. At last however, combines were produced and the blacks gave in. King Cetywayo and his wives and his tribesmen were arrested . The royal family were hustled into a large box, the tribesmen and their women werer packed into other boxes. and the prisoners were taken to Cape Town much to the joy of the soldiers.
In 1882 Mr. Theobald was discharged from the Army on account of ill-health.'