The Zulu war. Scene of the Battle of Isandula (Isandhlwana)
After the Battle of Isadhlwana. A description by Lieutenant Crealock reads, 'Day waned and the night hung over the hill, when we reached the last ridge, beyond which lay what had been our camp. To the hill on the left we sent off Major Black and three companies of the 24th to seize it. The neck between it and the hill we must gain at all hazards. In silence we marched down into the gloom below, where lay, shrouded by a merciful pall, the horrors of the past day'. 1, 700 British soldiers had perished in the bloodiest battle of the Zulu war, on 22nd January 1879.
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Early fire brigade - hand in hand insurance company
An engraving of men from the Hand in Hand Insurance Company. Before the establishment of regional fire brigades, fires were tackled by insurance companies. Despite their frock coats and breeches, these men are wearing helmets similar to a modern day firefighter. The Hand-in-Hand was established at a meeting in Tom's Coffee House, St Martin's Lane, London and was first known as Contributors for Insuring Houses, Chambers or Rooms from Loss by Fire, by Amicable Contribution. Two other fire offices, the Fire Office and the Friendly Society, already existed at this time but the Hand-in-Hand was the first established on the mutual principal. In May 1697 the society's first loss, 1 12 shillings, was settled on two houses in St Stephen's Alley in the parish of St Margaret's. Date: 18th century
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Private A C Crapper bringing up a limber of supplies, WW1
Private A C Crapper bringing up a limber of supplies to the trenches under heavy fire. After the horses had bolted, 670 Private Crapper of the 1/4th (Hallamshire) Battalion, The York & Lancaster Regiment (TF), volunteered to bring back a limber of supplies. He succeeded in doing this under heavy fire, thus enabling the companies in the front line to get their ration. For his conspicuous gallantry, Crapper was awarded the DCM (gazetted 15.3.16). Deeds That Thrill The Empire, by George Derville Rowlandson (b.1861).
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