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23rd December 2003A Christmas Quiz - mainly 24th
By Martin Everett
Just in case you have a spare moment over the festive period:

1. Which Master Tailor of the 24th bought his own father’s Victoria Cross at auction?

2. Which son whose gallant father was killed on 22 January 1879 won a gold medal at the 1920 Olympics?

3. In which year was the 24th Memorial unveiled at Isandhlwana?

4. Which Rorke's Drift defender has his own brass memorial tablet in Brecon Cathedral – other than Major Gonville Bromhead VC.

5. Who should have been commanding B Company at Rorke's Drift had he not been previously wounded? Although his dog was present at the defence on 22/23 January 1879.

6. Which two 24th officers have the names of two great military commanders?

7. What is the family link between the 24th memorial at Rorke's Drift and the 24th Crest on the main road to the Crater at Aden?

8. Who wrote a guide to 'First Aid' first used by the St. John's Ambulance Brigade?

9. Who was thought to have said 'Here they come, black as hell and thick as grass' (Clue - it is not Kenneth Griffith).

10. Who was involved in the final stand of the 24th at the Manzimnyama river and is buried in the UK.

11. Who was the last Rorke's Drift defender to wear uniform?

I regret there are no prizes. But I could be persuaded if you are able to collect your prize at Rorke's Drift on 22 January 2004.

Best wishes from Wales
DateReplies
24th December 2003AMB
Martin,

Great Fun! I take it that you will post the answers after 23rd Jan 04? [Just in case you have to find some prizes at R/d on the 22nd?!]

AMB
27th December 2003John Young
Martin,

Re-Question 9, are you going by Donald Morris' version, page 400 of 'The Washing of the Spears...'?

Or Trooper Lugg's actual version, where he names the person?

Or the lastest claimant, with a variation of the words?

John Y.
3rd January 2004c everett
martin,
nothing to do with the topic just wondering if we are related what is your background martin?
c everett
holyhead
anglesey
19th January 2004John Young
Martin,

Here are my answers, but obviously I am otherwise engaged on 22nd, so can't be there to collect any possible prizes, if I did win!

1. Which Master Tailor of the 24th bought his own fatherís Victoria Cross at auction?
Frederick Hitch.

2. Which son whose gallant father was killed on 22 January 1879 won a gold medal at the 1920 Olympics?
Teignmouth Philip Melvill. (Did he also receive the Bronze in the 1924 games?)

3. In which year was the 24th Memorial unveiled at Isandhlwana?
1914, on the 4th of March.

4. Which Rorke's Drift defender has his own brass memorial tablet in Brecon Cathedral; other than Major Gonville Bromhead VC.
Alfred Henry Hook.

5. Who should have been commanding B Company at Rorke's Drift had he not been previously wounded? Although his dog was present at the defence on 22/23 January 1879.
Alfred Godwin-Austen.

6. Which two 24th officers have the names of two great military commanders?
George Kendrick MOORE & Robert NAPOLEON Surplice.

7. What is the family link between the 24th memorial at Rorke's Drift and the 24th Crest on the main road to the Crater at Aden?
Private J. Melsop, created the 24th memorial, I assume Captain J. Mellsop who supervised Pioneer Sgt. Kellyís crest in Aden, was a relative.

8. Who wrote a guide to 'First Aid' first used by the St. John's Ambulance Brigade?
Surgeon-Major Peter Shepherd M.B., Army Medical Dept.

9. Who was thought to have said 'Here they come, black as hell and thick as grass' (Clue - it is not Kenneth Griffith).
Robert J. Hall, a meat contractor to the Natal Mounted Police.

10. Who was involved in the final stand of the 24th at the Manzimnyama River and is buried in the UK.
Lt. Edgar Oliphant Anstey, 1st/24th.

11. Who was the last Rorke's Drift defender to wear uniform?
Pte. John Williams V.C.

John Y.
19th January 2004Keith Smith

Well done, John!