James Langley Dalton VC.

James Langley Dalton (1833 – 07/01/1887) was awarded the Victoria Cross for his actions at Rorke’s Drift on the night of the 22nd January 1879

The Citation, recorded in the London Gazette of Issue: 24784, Page: 6494, reads: 

“Commissariat and Transport Department, Acting Assistant (now SubAssistant) Commissary James Langley Dalton.

For his conspicuous gallantry during the attack on Rorke’s Drift post by the Zulus on the night of the 22nd January 1879, when he actively superintended the work of the defence, and was amongst the foremost of those who received the first attack at the corner of the hospital, where the deadliness of his fire did great execution, and the mad rush of the Zulus met with its first check, and where, by his cool courage, he saved the life of a man of the Army Hospital Corps, by shooting the Zulu who having seized the muzzle of the man’s rifle, was in the act of assegaing (thrusting an assegai into) him. This officer, to whose energy much of the defence of the place was due, was severely wounded during the contest, but still continued to give the same example of cool courage.”

He is buried in Russel Road Cemetery, Port Elizabeth. Google Earth co-ordinates for the cemetery are:  33° 57.615’S ,  25° 36.901’E. 

Russel Road Cemetery

Russel Road Cemetery

The Citation for his VC reads:

The grave of James Langley Dalton VC.

The grave of James Langley Dalton VC.

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