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29th March 200424th -SHEFFIELD CONNECTION.
By ron.clayton
Does anyone know if the 24 th was stationed in Hilsborough Barracks,Sheffield innthe 1860's? I believe I have the regiment mentioned as being there about 1867.We also have a memorial to a Surgeon who served at Eshowe which is in the Cathederal.Any Sheffield links to the gallant 24th ?
29th March 2004John Young

The 2nd Battalion of the 24th (2nd Warwickshire) Regiment was raised on 3rd June, 1858 in Sheffield, by Lieutenant-Colonel C.H. Ellice, C.B.

This was third time a second battalion had been so raised the regiment's history.

The new battalion soon quit the town for the other side of Pennines, and went to Bury. However, it returned to South Yorkshire in September.

In November the new 2nd/24th were inspected by Sir Harry Smith, G.C.B., whose name, and that of his wife, Lady Smith, are well remembered in South Africa.

To keep up the Yorkshire connection the Colours of the new battalion were presented by Baroness Wharncliffe, of Wortley Hall, Yorkshire, on 3rd May, 1859. The following month the battalion left Yorkshire for Aldershot.

John Y.
29th March 2004ron clayton
Thanks for this.We have a memorial here inSheffield to some of the Warwickshire regiment who died in Sheffield in the 1860's.
I have been told that the 24th were long servicemen.Is it possible that some of those who served in Sheffieldwere killed at Isandlwana?
29th March 2004John Young

Is that memorial to the 6th (Royal 1st Warwickshire) Regiment or the 24th (2nd Warwickshire) Regiment?

In answer to the second part of your question, Quartermaster Edward Bloomfield, killed in action at Isandlwana was with the battalion from its formation, transferring in having previously served in, what was then, the Scots Fusilier Guards.

Some of the older members who died at Isandlwana, may well have served in Sheffield, judging by the attestation dates in 'The Noble 24th'. I note whilst looking at that book there were some attested in in Sheffield in 1867/8, who died at Isandlwana, as well.

John Y.

31st March 2004Murray Waycott
How can I prove my ggrandfatherr's story true from Oz. His obit says he served in the Zulu Wars. During his life he said he survived Isandlhwana because he wore the blue or the artillery. Are the names of survivors anywhere to be found? His name was Joseph Sourbutts. A coloured photo of Joe in uniform is available if of interest to anyone.