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RAU hosts ABF The Soldiers’ Charity talk as they celebrate Gloucester Hero
On Friday 23 June, the Royal Agricultural University (RAU) will host a multimedia talk on The Battle of Rorke’s Drift in 1879, when 11 Victoria Crosses were won by British and Colonial Soldiers.
Charles Aikenhead, the proprietor of Rorke’s Drift Hotel will present a lively show on the famous action, which followed the massacre of more than 2,000 soldiers at Isandlwana on 22 January 1879. This will tell the real story how the Zulus were prevented from invading Natal by a small group of isolated British soldiers. It is a thrilling story, well depicted by Michael Caine and Stanley Baker in the film ‘Zulu’ – and this evening will seek to tell the REAL story.
Find out about local hero Henry Hook, who was one of those awarded the Victoria Cross for his gallantry on that fateful day. Henry was a Gloucester boy, born on 6 August 1850 in Churcham in the Forest of Dean and is buried in St Andrew’s churchyard in Churcham. Henry was a model soldier, and had recently been awarded his ‘good conduct’ stripes. He was wounded in the battle but not badly, and was later transferred to the Militia; reserve Army.
Arrive at the Royal Agricultural University at 6.30pm for a glass of wine before the talk at 7pm. A fork supper will be served at 8.30pm in the Dining Hall.
Tickets cost £25 and are available from Susanne Hollis, ABF the Soldiers Charity West Region. Please call 01980 672337 or email firstname.lastname@example.org to get yours.