five of the eight Rorke's Drift VC's buried in the UK in a weekend.
The round trip
which I took over a weekend entailed visiting 5 of the graves.
the East, I passed through Gloucester on the A40. Heading West,
5 miles past Gloucester, a sign on the right for St. Andrews Church
on the left and Harry Hook's grave.
the A40 until reaching the M50 heading to Monmouth. Through to town
keeping left. Ask directions for the cemetery. There wasCpl.
Allen ('Allan' as on the grave).
to the A40 and on towards Brecon. Divert off onto the A4042 to Newport.
Follow signs to Llantarum on the A4051 for St. Michael's Church
and grave ofJohn Fielding
(enlisted as Williams).
I used Brecon
as a base to visit the sites. The hotel I stayed at was the Lansdowne,
Tel: 01874 623321. Situated about 400 yards from the South
Wales Borderers Museum. Quite pleasant, more of a guest house.
Alternatively, there is the Castle Hotel, 01874 624611 or the George
Hotel on 01874 623421.
As an alternative,
there is a very good Bed and Breakfast at 11 The Watton (about 50
yds from the museum) run by Marian Wiseman, contact on 01874 625650.
as many interesting details and artifacts relating to the Zulu War
and in particular Rorke's Drift. (Museum tel: 01874 613310 for opening
times etc.). Make an effort to visit the Cathedral for the two plaques
and flag pole. (There is another VC winner buried in the churchyard
(not Zulu War). North East of Brecon is Peterchurch on the A4348
and Robert Jones grave.
The next day
I headed for Bristol and south on the M5. Turning off onto the A358
heading south, look for signs for Hatch Beauchamp. Chard
is buried there.