VISIT | Remember the life of Robert Jones VC of Rorke's Drift fame at Peterchurch | Herefordshire
Reflect on the life of a winner of the Victoria Cross at Rorke's Bridge in the Anglo-Zulu Wars
An essential for all lovers of the film Zulu
Pay homage to a Welsh hero
Discover an essential piece of Welsh military and imperial history - a man commemorated for his role at the Battle of Rorke's Drift in South Africa
"...this Herefordshire highlight - a legacy to Zulu..."
The church of St Peter's in Peterchurch in Herefordshire might mean for most a quiet rural English church. But here at Peterchurch, there stands a memorial to a Welsh winner of the Victoria Cross, awarded at Rorke's Drift in the Anglo-Zulu war of 1879 - Robert Jones.
The events at Rorke's Drift in the Anglo-Zulu War in southern Africa is now immortalised in the classic British film Zulu. But the people that those characters were based upon were real with real lives.
Robert Jones was a private of the 2nd Battalion, 24th Regiment of Foot later to become known as the South Wales Borderers. His actions that day in 1879 included the defence of the compound and of his comrades. He was injured several times by spear and bullet. He was awarded the Victoria Cross, the highest British award for bravery after the events.
After his return to civilian life, he got married and moved to this north-eastern part of Herefordshire where he worked as a farm labourer. When he died aged 41 in 1898 under somewhat tragic circumstances, he was buried here at Peterchurch. A man haunted by his experiences of the Zulu war and his role within it.
Directions and Map |
Find Peterchurch in the Golden Valley in north west Herefordshire off the B4348