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

Price: $72.00
Retired - Last One!!!


John Jenkins Designs

Eleven Victoria Crosses were awarded for this famous conflict but, like many of the ranks, 295 David Jenkins, 2nd Battn. 24th Regiment. received only a standard Zulu Wars medal. His name was omitted from the official roll of honour and he remained unrecognised 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 Jenkin's 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 Defence of Rorke's Drift.” Her depiction of the battle, a favourite 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.