Lt Teignmouth Melvill and Lt Nevill Coghill

The Memorial to Lt Teignmouth Melvill (08/09/1842 – 22/01/1879) and Lt Nevill Josiah Aylmer Coghill (25/01/1852 – 22/01/1879) at Fugitive’s Drift, below Itchiane Hill. Photograph by Ian Uys. More information on the deaths of these two recipients at Rorke’s Drift may be found at the Rorkes Drift VC Website 

The Memorial to Lt Teignmouth Melvill and Lt Nevill Coghill

The Memorial to Lt Teignmouth Melvill and Lt Nevill Coghill

The Citation, recorded in the London Gazette of Issue: 27986, Page: 325, reads:

“Lieutenant Teignmouth Melvill, 24th Foot.

Lieutenant Nevill Josiah Aylmer Coghill, 24th Foot.

Lieutenant Melvill, of the 1st Battalion 24th Foot, on account of the gallant efforts made by him to save the Queen’s Colour of his Regiment after the disaster at Isandlwanha, and also Lieutenant Coghill, 1st Battalion 24th Foot, on account of his heroic conduct in endeavouring to save his brother officer’s life, would have been recommended to Her Majesty for the Victoria Cross had they survived.” 

A further Citation, recorded in the London Gazette of Issue: 24717, Page: 3178, reads:

“MEMORANDUM.

Lieutenant Melville, of the 1st Battalion 24th Foot, on account of the gallant efforts made by him to save the Queen’s Colour of his Regiment after the disaster at tsandlwanha, and also Lieutenant Coghill, 1st Battalion 24th Foot,-on account of hi& heroic conduct in endeavouring-to save his brother1 officer’s life, would have been recommended to Her Majesty for the Victoria Cross had they survived.”  

After the Zulu massacre at the Battle of Isandhlwana, South Africa, Lieutenant Melvill made a gallant effort to save the Regimental Colours. He and Lieutenant Coghill, who had tried to help, were pursued by Zulu warriors and they experienced great difficulty trying to escape across the swollen River Buffalo. The two officers were overtaken by the Zulus and after a short but gallant struggle the two officers were overpowered and killed. The Regimental Colour, which had gone drifting downstream during the struggle, was retrieved from the River Buffalo 10 days later.

Fugitives Drift Memorial Cross

Fugitives Drift Memorial Cross

Isandhlwana

Panoramic view. (1397×394)

© DRW 2011-2017. Created 04/10/2011. Moved to blog 10/01/2015. Edited 17/05/2017. Image of memorial by Ian Uys, image of cross  http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/3.0/, Isandhlwana images by Tony Wood. 

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