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Victoria LSGC entitled Zulu 1879 medal Sgt Egan R Scots Fus of King's Co Ireland

Victoria LSGC entitled Zulu 1879 medal Sgt Egan R Scots Fus of King's Co Ireland
Victoria LSGC entitled Zulu 1879 medal Sgt Egan R Scots Fus of King's Co Ireland
Victoria LSGC entitled Zulu 1879 medal Sgt Egan R Scots Fus of King's Co Ireland
Victoria LSGC entitled Zulu 1879 medal Sgt Egan R Scots Fus of King's Co Ireland
Victoria LSGC entitled Zulu 1879 medal Sgt Egan R Scots Fus of King's Co Ireland
Victoria LSGC entitled Zulu 1879 medal Sgt Egan R Scots Fus of King's Co Ireland
Victoria LSGC entitled Zulu 1879 medal Sgt Egan R Scots Fus of King's Co Ireland
Victoria LSGC entitled Zulu 1879 medal Sgt Egan R Scots Fus of King's Co Ireland
Victoria LSGC entitled Zulu 1879 medal Sgt Egan R Scots Fus of King's Co Ireland
Victoria LSGC entitled Zulu 1879 medal Sgt Egan R Scots Fus of King's Co Ireland
Victoria LSGC entitled Zulu 1879 medal Sgt Egan R Scots Fus of King's Co Ireland
Victoria LSGC entitled Zulu 1879 medal Sgt Egan R Scots Fus of King's Co Ireland

Victoria LSGC entitled Zulu 1879 medal Sgt Egan R Scots Fus of King's Co Ireland    Victoria LSGC entitled Zulu 1879 medal Sgt Egan R Scots Fus of King's Co Ireland
On 22 January 1879, Chelmsford established a temporary camp for his column near Isandlwana, but neglected to strengthen its defence by encircling his wagons. After receiving intelligence reports that part of the Zulu army was nearby, he led part of his force out to find them. Over 20,000 Zulus, the main part of Cetshwayo's army, then launched a surprise attack on Chelmsford's poorly fortified camp. Fighting in an over-extended line and too far from their ammunition, the British were swamped by sheer weight of numbers. The majority of their 1,700 troops were killed. Supplies and ammunition were also seized. The Zulus earned their greatest victory of the war and Chelmsford was left no choice but to retreat. The Victorian public was shocked by the news that'spear-wielding savages' had defeated their army. After their victory at Isandlwana, around 4,000 Zulus pressed on to Rorkes Drift, where a small British garrison held them back for 12 hours.

Although a welcome boost to British morale, the siege had little effect on the overall campaign. Victoria LS&GC entitled Zulu1879 medal Sgt Egan R Scots Fus of King's Co Ireland. Victorian LS & GC earned by Scots Fusilier engaged in "Zulu Wars" 1879 South African Campaign.

Victorian Long Service and Good Conduct medal earned by Sergeant Joseph Egan of the Royal Scots Fusiliers. Sc: Fus: Joseph Egan was born in Drumcullin, King's County (Offaly) Ireland, attested for the Scots Fusiliers about 1861 and was also entitled to Zulu war medal with 1879 Clasp, after serving in Africa almost 3 years. He served in India about 10 1/2 years, total service almost 22 years at discharge March 1883. Extremely fine condition, minimal wear, few light marks if any, see pictures for condition On 22 January 1879, Chelmsford established a temporary camp for his column near Isandlwana, but neglected to strengthen its defence by encircling his wagons. After Colonel Charles Pearson's right column defeated 6,000 Zulus at Nyezane, it occupied Eshowe station, but was then besieged by the Zulus for two months.

Upon hearing news of the defeat at Isandlwana, Colonel Evelyn Wood's left column established a fortification near Khambula. His men were the only effective British force left in Zululand.

February Chelmsford began preparations for a second offensive into Zululand. The same day, news of the defeat at Isandlwana reached London and reinforcements were dispatched to South Africa. The new start of the larger, heavily reinforced second invasion of 1879 was not promising for the British. Despite their successes in March/ April at Kambula, Gingindlovu and Eshowe, they were right back where they had started from at the beginning of January. Nevertheless, Chelmsford had a pressing reason to proceed with haste Sir Garnet Wolseley was being sent to replace him, and he wanted to inflict a decisive defeat on Cetshwayo's forces before then.

With yet more reinforcements arriving, soon to total 16,000 British and 7,000 Native troops, Chelmsford reorganised his forces and again advanced into Zululand in June, this time with extreme caution building fortified camps all along the way to prevent any repeat of Isandlwana. One of the early British casualties was the exiled heir to the French throne, Imperial Prince Napoleon Eugene, who had volunteered to serve in the British army and was killed on 1 June while out with a reconnoitering party. Cetshwayo, knowing that the newly reinforced British would be a formidable opponent, attempted to negotiate a peace treaty. Chelmsford was not open to negotiations, as he wished to restore his reputation before Wolseley relieved him of command, and he proceeded to the royal kraal of Ulundi, intending to defeat the main Zulu army. On 4 July, the armies clashed at the Battle of Ulundi, and Cetshwayo's forces were decisively defeated.

Cetsawayo, knowing that the newly reinforced British would be a formidable opponent, attempted to negotiate a peace treaty. Chelmsford not open to negotiations, as he wished to restore his reputation before Wolseley relieved him of command and he proceeded to the Royal Kraal of Ulundi, intending to defeat the main Zulu army. On 4th july, the armies clashed at the battle of Ulundi and Cetsawayo's forces were deisively defeated. Create your brand with Auctiva's.

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  • Type: Medals & Ribbons
  • Issued/ Not-Issued: Issued
  • Conflict: Zulu 1879-1st Boer war 1880s
  • Era: 1816-1913
  • Country/ Organization: Great Britain
  • Time Period: 19th Century (1800-1899)
  • Theme: Militaria
  • Service: Army
  • Country/Region of Manufacture: United Kingdom

Victoria LSGC entitled Zulu 1879 medal Sgt Egan R Scots Fus of King's Co Ireland    Victoria LSGC entitled Zulu 1879 medal Sgt Egan R Scots Fus of King's Co Ireland