Memorial Dedication at Witton Cemetery

Sunday 29 November 2015

I attended a Service of Dedication in Memory of three defenders of Rorke's Drift at Witton Cemetery in Birmingham.

The dedication was in memory of:
Sgt. Joseph Windridge
Pte Robert Cole
Pte Samuel Parry

I attended as a member of The 1879 Group who, together with representatives from The Diehards, represented the memory of the soldiers of the 24th Regiment who defended Rorke's Drift in 1879.

There was a short welcome from the Royal British Legion County Chair, Councillor Anita Ward.

This was followed by a short account of the Defence of Rorke's Drift given by Mr Bill Cainan - former curator of the Regimental Museum of the Royal Welsh, Brecon.

Mr Graham Mason, an Anglo-Zulu War researcher then gave an account of Sergeant Josepf Windridge.

A service of dedication was then led by Father Oliver Coss of the Royal Britis Legion.

The event was organised by
Drum Major Tim Needham RM.


Click on the image to read the Order of Service