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|5th April 2005||Bloomfield|
By Colum O'Rourke
Why was Quartermaster Edward Bloomfield of the 2/24th at the camp of Isandhlwana if his Battalion had moved out with Chelmsford earlier in the day?
|5th April 2005||Glenn Wade|
Not all of the 2nd Battalion moved out with Chelmsford, G Company 2/24th under Lieutenant Charlie Pope was at Isandlwana and was wiped out during the battle. I do recall one account stating that Bloomfield was shot through the head and killed. Why Bloomfield was at the camp though, I don't know.
|5th April 2005||Colum O'Rourke|
Thanks Glenn. sound
|5th April 2005||ulian Whybra|
Apart from G coy there were about 80 other men from the 2/24th - details of various kinds. In addition the 2/24th ammo waggon remained in camp and since it was Bloomfield's responsibility he too remained there.
|11th May 2005||Michael Boyle|
Two more cents.
Lord Chelmsford, thinking he had no immediate need of supplies, set off without him as the wagons would slow him down. (Although Bloomfield and his supplies were told off to follow later it became a bone of contention as to re-distribution according to some contemporary accounts!)