Les & Chard1879,
George's headstone was fine until September 1991, I found it smashed-up in September of that year whilst visiting the then Natal Museum Service, which had offices adjoining the cemetery. I was told by the head of museum service that a drunken/drugged Zulu had attacked graves which had a connection to the Anglo-Zulu War.
The cross headstone of the grave was made from a local sandstone, and was severely damaged in the attack, but I was assured that the grave would be repaired to its former condition.
Some months later David Jackson and I attended the house of my late friend, Kenneth Griffith, where we were introduced to the descendants of George's sister, Margaret, who had with them a number of personal items relating to Trooper MacLeroy. It was interesting to say the least as David discovered the MacLeroy's and he had a common forebear, a certain Sir William Wallace.
The family and I discussed the condition of the grave and they made local arrangements and supplied the funds for the grave to be restored. It was only when I saw the photograph that Tim posted I saw that the restoration had never taken place. I can only conclude the money disappeared in a country which was then in a state of flux in 1992, and found its way into the wrong pocket.
Last year I brought this to the attention of the current head of the family, and he is determined to go to KwaZulu-Natal and have the grave restored to how it was.
As to Margaret's diary it has never been published, I will speak to the family and see if we attempt to do now. However, the letters that George wrote home to his sister prior to meeting his fate were published in the Journal of the Anglo-Zulu War Research Society
in a three-part article entitled Dear Megs
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The graves of George MacLeroy Senior & Junior, photographed in 1881.Private Collection[You must be registered and logged in to see this image.]
An enhanced close-up of G. T. MacLeroy's grave.Private Collection