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VISIT | Look in on Hooky at Churcham - Henry Hook - a man of Rorke's Drift | Gloucestershire


The Grave of Henry Hook VC
The Grave of Henry Hook VC

Reflect on the role of Henry Hook who won a Victoria Cross for his role at Rorke's Drift in the Anglo-Zulu War


For all fans of the film Zulu, this is a must-see


Discover the resting place of Henry Hook VC


An essential piece of British military and imperial history involving a legend from the Battle of Rorke's Drift in South Africa




The Epitaph of Alfred Henry Hook VC
The Epitaph of Alfred Henry Hook VC

"...the reality of this Zulu history - a man from a Gloucestershire..."



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Henry Hook was born in Churcham on the 6th August 1850. He died in Gloucester on the 12th March 1905 from tuberculosis.

 

In between, he is most famously remembered for his role at Rorke's Drift in the Anglo-Zulu War on the 22nd/23rd January 1879 when as a Private in the 2nd Battalion the 24th Regiment of Foot, he won a Victoria Cross for defending patients in the hospital of the British compound when it was attacked by over 4,000 Zulu warriors.

 

Henry was one of eleven recipients of the Victoria Cross for bravery honoured for their part in the defence of Rorke's Drift, Natal, South Africa.


He continues to be remembered years on here at Churcham in Gloucestershire where his life began.







Directions and Map |


Find Churcham church off the A40 between Gloucester and the village of Huntley in Gloucestershire


Longitude: -2.336383

Latitude: 51.862282


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