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Sir Walter Norris Congreve VC.

Walter Norris Congreve (20/11/1862 – 28/02/1927) was awarded the Victoria Cross for his actions while serving as a Captain in the Rifle Brigade during the Anglo Boer War at the Battle of Colenso. Along with Lieutenant Frederick Roberts, Cpl George Nurse and  Harry Norton … Continue reading

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George Nurse VC

George Nurse (04/04/1873 – 25/11/1945) was awarded the Victoria Cross for his actions while serving as a corporal in the 66th Battery, Royal Field Artillery, during the Anglo Boer War at the Battle of Colenso. The Citation that was recorded in the London … Continue reading

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William Wilson Allen VC

William Wilson Allen (1843 –  12/03/1890) was awarded the Victoria Cross for his actions during the Battle for Rorke’s Drift in January 1879. The Citation reads: “On 22 and 23 January 1879 at Rorke’s Drift, Natal, South Africa, Corporal Allan … Continue reading

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Robert Digby-Jones VC.

Robert James Thomas Digby-Jones was awarded the Victoria Cross for his actions during the Boer War in 1900. The Citation, recorded in the London Gazette of 8 August 1902, Issue: 27462, Page: 5085 reads: “Lieutenant R. J. T. Digby Jones, Royal Engineers, and … Continue reading

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Alfred Henry Hook VC.

Alfred Henry Hook  (06/08/1850 – 12/03/1905) was awarded the Victoria Cross for his actions during the battle of Rorke’s Drift. The Citation reads: “On 22/23 January 1879 at Rorke’s Drift, Natal, South Africa, a distant room of the hospital had been … Continue reading

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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 … Continue reading

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Henry Cecil Dudgeon D’Arcy VC.

Henry Cecil Dudgeon D’Arcy (11/08/1850  – 10/1881) was awarded the Victoria Cross for his actions on 3 July 1879 at Ulundi, South Africa during the Zulu War. The Citation, recorded in the London Gazette of 10 October 1879, Issue: 24769, Page: 5830, … Continue reading

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Edwin “Ted”Swales VC. DFC.

Edwin Essery Swales (03/07/1915 – 23/02/1945) was born in Inanda, Natal, and flew as a pilot with Bomber Command during WW2. Flying as a Pathfinder he was awarded the DFC for his actions on the Cologne raid on 4 November 1944. … Continue reading

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The Lady in White

During and after World War 2, hundreds of ships sailed from or arrived in Durban harbour en route to or from various theatres of war, their decks often packed with soldiers of the UDF and the Commonwealth. Below decks crew … Continue reading

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Estcourt Garden of Remembrance

The Estcourt Garden of Remembrance was photographed by James Houston-McMillan, and these images are used with his permission. The memorial is in Remembrance of 152 Imperial Soldiers that lost their lives in and near Estcourt and Frere during the Boer … Continue reading

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