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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 2011-2018. 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. 

Updated: 08/01/2018 — 08:00

Isandhlwana Battlefield, Natal

Isandhlwana

Isandhlwana

The Battle of Isandhlwana (aka Isandhlwana or Isandula) will rank as one of the most humiliating defeats suffered by an Imperial British Army in the annals of the British Empire.  52 Officers and 802 NCO’s and other ranks and a large number of the so-called “Natal Native Contingent”. were lost in a battle which pitted Zulu warriors against disciplined troops. Outnumbered and literally outgeneralled, the British were beaten at their own game in what was to become an important turning point in the colonial past of South Africa. Today the area around the battlefield is filled with the graves of those who were lost. Interestingly enough, recognition is finally being given to the bravery and leadership of the Zulu army and of its warriors. The photographs on this page are courtesy of Tony Wood.

Isandhlwana Memorials

Isandhlwana Memorials

Panoramic view. (1397x394)

Panoramic view. (1397×394)

© DRW. 2008-2018. Photographs are © Tony Wood. Updated Panoramic view and removed dead link: 22/08/2011. Resized images 05/12/2011. Moved to blog 23/01/2014

Updated: 05/01/2018 — 20:54
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