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Herbert Woodward, k.i.a. 12.3.1879 6 months 12 hours ago #53157

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Herbert Woodward, 80th Regiment. Killed at the Intombi Massacre, South Africa, on 12th March 1879, aged 25 years. In Christ Churchyard, Barnton, Cheshire.



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Herbert Woodward, k.i.a. 12.3.1879 6 months 22 minutes ago #53168

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Like the Isandlwana disaster, the Intombi River massacre was the result of poor leadership and underestimating the capabilities of the Zulus. A further black mark came when the surviving officer took to a horse and fled leaving the survivors to their fate. Fortunately for them, Sergeant Anthony Booth took charge and led most of the men in a fighting retreat to safety. Booth was rewarded with a VC, while the cowardly officer later resigned his commission.

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