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4th April 2005Gerry Kilduff
Great site-as a film Zulu just gets better each year and another Generation get a chance to see Chard and Gonville in action.
1st April 2005MATTHEW STARK
1st April 2005michelle kennedy/plant
just found out today that james michael rorkes was my great, great ,great grandfather, any info about him would be welcome
31st March 2005Mirza Jawad Baig
I recently watched the film Zulu and o boy was I impressed.Lt. John Chard and
Lt. Gonville
Bromhead did a great at commanding there soldiers.The soldiers themselves did a fine job too.
7th March 2005Russell William Kempton
With great respect to the courage of these true warriors. My hat is tipped
6th March 2005stephen s.
after watching both films from an early age and visiting this site i now no what an honour it is to be british and a fact i didnt know is that i came from the same area as private hook.forget the alamo remember the drift..
1st March 2005Nev George
Nice site and very informative. The VC of Lt Chard was in the 70's anyway was not in a private collection but was in a glass case outside the guardroom of 22 Engineer Regt , Perham Down, Nr Andover, I remember seeing it everytime I went to the armoury.
I since have no idea where the VC is now but suspect it maybe at the Royal Engineers Museum, Brompton Barracks, Chatham.
1st March 2005Mervyn Williams
Most recently found this site although I've had
a long interest in the battle of Rorkes Drift being Welsh and also serving in the Royal Engineers as did Lt John Chard.Great to read the personal accounts of the battle, I would like to visit some of the graves in the future. My sincere congrayulations on this site.
22nd February 2005nix
great site
great reading , very good
20th February 2005Harken
A great movie.
about 30 years ago I was watching the the movie and noted a "boo
boo" wherein the soldiers were firing authentic Henry rifles from a mealie bag
wall the rifle nearest the camera was indeed a WW2 Lee Enfield .303.
It was a very brief cameera shot but more than long enough to note the

I only saw it in one scene and version of film --it must have been noticed
and scene removed from the film never to be seen again.
20th February 2005C. Reynolds
Is it true that Lt Bromheads' father and grandfather fought in the Battle of Waterloo and in Quebec. If so what Regt's ?

19th February 2005Les Constable
Just returned from a visit to Rorke's Drift & Isandlwana where we stayed at Fugitive's Drift Lodge. It was a a very emotional experience. We feel priveledged & humbled by the visit.
19th February 2005A J Smith
Being only a small country which has always been dominated by its much bigger neighbour England (boooo!!!!), the Welsh nation has still lots to be proud of.
The story of Rorks's Drift and the Stanley Baker film are just so typical of our abilities.

We are quiet and extremely hard to provoke, but woe betide when riled. The backs against wall and fight for your pal not just yourself attitude always common.

But most of all the facts getting in the way of good story last as long as the first pint!

Great site, great story and great song!

Harlech boy forever!!!!
19th February 2005Patrick Daniel Gallagher
Aye!!! When the horns of the Impi enveloped...Chard was the Engineer!!! Bromhead was only a graduate of Sandhurst! This engagement was a study in time of the changing of military postures. I am reminded of the "Battle of Gettysburg"...Day 2...the 15th Alabama and the 44th Texas Regiments charge up the slopes of "Little RoundTop"...only to be met by the 44thNewYork, the 83rd Pennsylvania, the 115th Pennsylvania and the 5th New Hampshire Regiments! Oh...and please do not forget the 11th Pennsylvania Regiment (of Volunteers)...also the 1st Delaware Light Artillery...(Napoleon smoothbore 6-Pounders)..."Double Canister"!!! And NEVER FORGET the 83rd Regiment of Foot (USA) at "Little Round Top"...
18th February 2005B Taperek
brilliant film , brilliant website, facsinating.
17th February 2005john stocker
cracking site loads of info
14th February 2005Cliff Cadwalladr
You call yourself an 'amateur' enthusiast.
This is one of the best websites I have ever seen!
I first saw the film Zulu in the mid sixties in Swansea,aged 6;and it has remained my favourite film all my life.
A fascinating subject,which this website commendably serves.
8th February 2005Guy Manly
Great site - on my 'favourites'. Two Rorke's Drift defenders are buried here in Runcorn: Private Thomas J. Moffat and Private Thomas Edward Taylor. Was at the latter's re-dedication ceronmony in July 1999.
7th February 2005Colin Fielding
Carl Daeche
Forgot to ask you yesterday if you've given your little lecture at the pub yet.
5th February 2005Garry Pratt
My father use to tell me about his military career with the British army. I followed in his foot steps and joined the Australian Army , i watched ZULU as a training movie for its team work and gallantry. I have watched it many times over and it was a favourite of my dad and now of myself. I looked up this site in memory of my dad as he was part of a British contingent who in the 60s went to Rorkes Drift. Im glad i found it as it was fantastic.
4th February 2005Philip Stringer
Found this site after searching for info about Rorke's Drift.Like most devotees the film Zulu fired my imagination for the subject.One day I hope to be lucky enough to visit the battle sites.This site is now a firm favourite of mine. Thanks.
2nd February 2005Brian Damerell
I am constantly amazed at the number of pople who began to get hooked on the Zulu War after seeing the film "Zulu". How many times do they quote from the film certain 'facts' which have fired their imagination. This happened to me and I had no idea that the interest in the subject was so widespread. I am lucky enough to live near to the Royal Engineer's Museum in Gillingham and, through that establishment, have met fellow researchers. Last year I met John Young and Julian Whybra at the Zulu Exhibition held over the 125th Anniversary of Isandhlwana and Rorke's Drift. I find that, if conversation dies at a gathering of people, just the mention of Rorke's Drift soon gets them talking again!
This year the Zulus are back in Kent on 2nd and 3rd April and, needless to say, so will I.

This site has now been added to my Favourites list.

2nd February 2005Keith
Lived in Natal for a while but, sadly, never got to pay my respects to the men of Rorke's Drift.

30th January 2005joemiller
my favorite film of all time great site full of infomation
28th January 2005David Chapman
Excellent site. Its on my favorites. I first heard of this battle when I was very young through the movie "Zulu". I just watched the movie again and it regenerated my interest in the story--even though its not a completely accurate film.

I was surprised to read that James Langley Dalton served in the Red River Expedition in Canada in 1870. I am from the province of Manitoba, which was a central area of the 1870 Red River Expedition. The entire string of battles during that era secured the Western Canadian frontier. The Battles of Batoche and Fish Creek are famous in Canadian history. To know Dalton was a part of that is interesting. I now live just to the South in the Red River Valley area of North Dakota, USA,-still not far from the location of the Red River Expedition of 1870.
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