From the Zululand Times Eshowe 27/12/1934
Zulu War Regimental Roll
After being hidden for 54 years a remarkable document relating to the defence of Rorke's Drift, victorious action over the Zulus, has come to light in Natal. Its existence was previously unknown.
The document is the Roll on which the names of those who fought on the night of the 22nd and 23rd January, 1879, is inscribed being drawn up by Lieut. Chard, R.E. within a month of the victorious action over the Zulus which meant at that time so much to Natal.
Among the names are four members of the old N.M.P.
The actual cause of the discovery is interesting. A controversy was in progress in the Natal Press as to whether a former member of the 24th Regiment (South Wales Borderers), Mr F Boisson, was present at the battle of the Drift. A former resident of Zululand of many years standing (Mr F Amon), contended that Boisson was present in that heroic defence as he had personal conversation with him which has since been confirmed by ex Bugler O'Gorman who marched with Lord Chelmsford's column to Isandhlwana, when he saw the shambles the day after and reached Rorke's Drift the same night where he met and spoke to Fred Boisson.
The Press controversy resulted in the owner of Lieut. Chard's roll (Mrs Cantwell, of Durban, widow of Bombardier Cantwell, R.A., who also fought at the Drift), forwarding the roll to the Secretary of the Old Comrades Association, who has since forwarded it to the Commanding Officer at the Depot, Brecon where it lies among other regimental documents and is regarded as an invaluable relic.
Until recently there were three ex members of the second 24th residing in Natal, viz; Sergt. Bassage, a former Supt of Roads, Zululand, Pte Boisson and Bugler O'Gorman. There are now only eight survivors of Rorke's Drift known to the regiment, including one in Canada. Col. J.R.M. Chard, V.C., R.E. died in Taunton in 1897 and Major G.S. Bromhead, V.C. died at Lucknow 1891.
[2217 Private Frederick Boisson 2/24th - died in Durban, Natal in 1932]