Lieutenants Melvill and Coghill saving the Colours, Zulu War, 1879

Alphonse de Neuville

 
Lieutenants Melvill and Coghill saving the Colours, Zulu War, 1879
4 0 c m
 
31cm
actual image size: 23cm x 32cm

Lieutenants Melvill and Coghill saving the Colours, Zulu War, 1879.

Chromolithograph after Alphonse de Neuville, 1881.

Lieutenant Nevill Coghill and Lieutenant Teignmouth Melvill of the 1st Battalion, 24th (2nd Warwickshire) Regiment of Foot, were killed attempting to defend their unit's Queen's Colour in the aftermath of the British defeat at Isandlwana on 22 January 1879. They were caught by the Zulus as they attempted to carry the Colour across the Buffalo River. Despite their brave efforts they were eventually overwhelmed. Although 23 Victoria Crosses were won during the Zulu War, Coghill and his fellow officer had to wait until January 1907 to receive their posthumous awards.

Image Details

Negative No.
 
101940
Accession No.
 
NAM. 1956-02-285-1

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