24th (The 2nd Warwickshire) Regiment Of Foot, Pvt. James Jenkins and Pvt. David Jenkins

Price: $85.00



This is a Consignment sale set we are offering. It comes with its original box and is in like-new condition.

John Jenkins Designs JJCLUB-2012B 24th (The 2nd Warwickshire) Regiment Of Foot, Pvt. James Jenkins and Pvt. David Jenkins
The Anglo-Zulu War

Eleven Victoria Crosses were awarded for this famous conflict but, like many of the ranks, 295 David Jenkins, 2nd Battalion, 24th Regiment. received only a standard Zulu Wars medal. His name was omitted from the official roll of honor and he remained unrecognized even by his own regimental museum as a defender of Rorke's Drift possibly because he had been a member of a different division of the Regiment to the other soldiers at the mission.

Although he was introduced to King Edward VII on his royal visit to Swansea in 1904 and despite overwhelming evidence of his presence at Rorke's Drift , he became the forgotten man, forgotten by history and historians.
It was only when one of David Jenkins descendants discovered a Bible which had been awarded only to those who had survived that bloody day that conclusive proof of his claim to be a Rorke's Drift Hero was accepted. David Jenkins died in 1912 and is buried in Cwmgelli Cemetery, Treboeth.
He was later to be one of a handful of soldiers in 1879 to be asked to act as models for Lady Butler's famous painting “The Defense of Rorke's Drift.” Her depiction of the battle, a favorite of Queen Victoria's, now hangs in St. James' Palace in London.

These two figures are designed to supplement existing collections, and will not be part of a new series.

*Special Note: This set does not come with the Collector's Club Calendar or Annual.