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Lt. Col Robert Henry Gunning, who commanded the 1st Batt. Kings Royal Rifle Corps, was killed in action on Talana Hill on 20 October 1899. He was born in 1852. He was transferred to the 60th Foot (later renamed the King's Royal Rifles) and finally reached the rank of Lieutenant –Colonel in 1898.
He served in the Anglo-Zulu War of 1879, saw action at Gingindlovu and was in a column which relieved the siege of Eshowe.
Afterwards he served as adjutant of the battalion throughout the operations with Lt.- Col . Clarkes column in the pacification of Zululand.
Lt-Col. Gunning was killed as he reached the crest at Talana in the final charge. He lies buried in the military precinct of the civilian cemetery at the foot of Talana. A marble cross now stands near his grave.
Source: Talana Museum