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|18th April 2002||The Missing VC|
By Keith Irwin
Samuel Wassel was born in Birmingham on 28th July 1856. He served as a Private with the 80th Regiment (later The South Staffordshire Regiment) and was awarded the VC on 22nd January 1879 at Isandhlwana. His VC is on display at the Staffordshire Regiment Museum, Lichfield, UK. Pvt Wassell retreated towards the Buffalo River, in which he saw a comrade strugling and apparently drowing. He rode to the bank and dismounted, leaving his horse on the Zulu side. He then rescued the man, mounted his horse and dragged his comrade across the river under a heavy shower bullets. Samuel Wassell died 31st January 1927 in Barrow in Furness Cumbria UK. His headstone was not erected until 1986.
|18th April 2002||Martin Everett|
I know the webmaster of this site very well. He is aware that Pte Wassell was awarded the VC for his actions looking the disaster at Isandhlwana. This site is dedicated to the bravery of the soldiers who fought at Rorke's Drift. Perhaps we ought to develop a web site covering Isandhlwana.
|19th April 2002||Julian Whybra|
I know I can be pedantic at times but I think dear old Samuel deserves to have his name spelt right at least once - so here's to you Mr.Wassall. No offence intended to anyone!
|31st May 2002||Stephen|