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Rorke's Drift in Elandskraal, KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa — Southern Africa
 

Fugitives Drift Memorial

Melvill and Coghill Monument

 
 
Fugitives Drift Memorial Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Mike Kamin, July 1, 2011
1. Fugitives Drift Memorial Marker
Inscription.  Upper Marker, Front:
For Queen and Country
Jesu Mercy

Upper Marker, Reverse:
In memory of Lt. and Adjt. Teignmoth Melvill and Lt. Neville J. A. Coghill, 1st., 24th. Regiment who died on this spot 22nd. Jan, 1879 to save the Queen's Color of their regiment.

This cross replaces the original, which was damaged beyond repair.
S. A. Wargraves Board - 1973

Lower Marker:
In memory of
Lt. and Adjt. T. Melvill, V.C.
and
Lt. N. J. A. Coghill, V. C.
The posthumous award of the Victoria Cross was graciously approved by King Edward VII in 1907

The cross adjacent to the lower marker reads the same as the reverse side of the main marker. The base of the cross reads:
This cross was erected over the grave by Sir Bartle Frere in 1879.
 
Erected 1879 by Sir Bartle Frere. Replaced in 1973 by S. A. Wargraves Board.
 
Topics and series. This memorial is listed in this topic list: Wars, Non-US. In addition,
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it is included in the Victoria Cross and George Cross Recipients series list. A significant historical month for this entry is January 1879.
 
Location. 28° 23.182′ S, 30° 36.08′ E. Marker is in Rorke's Drift, KwaZulu-Natal, in Elandskraal. Memorial can be reached from Route D31. Marker is on a trail, between the Buffalo River and the Fugitives Drift Lodge and Guest House. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Rorke's Drift KZN 3233, South Africa. Touch for directions.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 3 other markers are within 8 kilometers of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Memorial to the Zulu Dead (approx. 7 kilometers away); Rorke's Drift Memorial (approx. 7 kilometers away); Rorkes Drift (approx. 7.7 kilometers away).
 
Fugitives Drift Memorial Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Mike Kamin, July 1, 2011
2. Fugitives Drift Memorial Marker
Reverse
Fugitives Drift Memorial Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Mike Kamin, July 1, 2011
3. Fugitives Drift Memorial Marker
Lower Marker
Fugitives Drift Memorial Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Mike Kamin, July 1, 2011
4. Fugitives Drift Memorial Marker
Fugitives Drift Memorial Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Mike Kamin, July 1, 2011
5. Fugitives Drift Memorial Marker
Fugitives Drift Memorial Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Mike Kamin, July 1, 2011
6. Fugitives Drift Memorial Marker
Melville/Coghill Memorial image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Mike Kamin, July 1, 2011
7. Melville/Coghill Memorial
Lt. Teignmouth Elville of St. Paul Lodge No. 349 Malta
Lt. Nevill Coghill of Lginster Lodge 387 Malta
By the brethren of the Klipriver County Lodge No. 2401 and the constitution in Ladysmith
Hereby pay our fraternal respects to those brave and deceased brethren.
We will always remember you.
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. It was originally submitted on December 20, 2015, by Kevin W. of Stafford, Virginia. This page has been viewed 482 times since then and 24 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7. submitted on December 20, 2015, by Kevin W. of Stafford, Virginia.

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