Herbert Woodward, 80th Regiment, killed at Intombi

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Herbert Woodward, 80th Regiment, killed at Intombi

Postby BereniceUK » 04 Feb 2014 14:02

This gravestone is at Christ Church, Barnton, Cheshire. He won't be buried there, just memorialised on the family headstone, so where is his grave be likely to be?

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Re: Herbert Woodward, 80th Regiment, killed at Intombi

Postby Peter Ewart » 05 Feb 2014 12:22

The dead whose bodies were recovered after the Myer's Drift defeat on the Ntombe River were buried in a communal grave on the ground which slopes down to the south bank of the river. Unfortunately, between 17 and 20 casualties (the figure differs according to the source referred to) appear not to have been recovered, as they were described as Missing in Action, presumed dead. Among these was 1605 Pte Herbert Woodward, 80th Foot.

I'm not sure if a serious effort was made to locate the missing bodies from this engagement at the end of the war, but quite a number drowned and it seems likely that some of those lost in the river were later washed away. However, it may be possible that later interments in the cemetery of remains found locally did not lead to amendments of the "Missing" list, so perhaps a few of the missing were buried after all. The cemetery containing those who were interred is still there and has been restored in comparatively recent times (1990s, and possibly again since). However, because of its remote position, and the fact that it is much less frequented by visitors than, say Isandlwana or Rorke's Drift, it doesn't remain in good condition for long. It is periodically desecrated and, when I visited in 2000, had recently been blown open by explosives, the deep interior of the grave(s) being open and visible and the broken slabs lying aside. This is, sadly, something to which many of the 1879 AZW cemeteries are susceptible and have been for a long time. I believe only the Rorkes Drift cemetery and the Isandlwana cairns are still free from desecration.

Woodward will, however, be commemorated on the impressive memorial to the 80th Foot casualties of 1879 in Lichfield Cathedral, which contains individual names.

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Re: Herbert Woodward, 80th Regiment, killed at Intombi

Postby BereniceUK » 05 Feb 2014 17:20

Peter Ewart wrote:Woodward will, however, be commemorated on the impressive memorial to the 80th Foot casualties of 1879 in Lichfield Cathedral, which contains individual names.

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Indeed he is and thank you for your response.

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Re: Herbert Woodward, 80th Regiment, killed at Intombi

Postby Mark » 05 Feb 2014 18:42

I don't know how deep you want to get into this subject but you might find 'The Zulu War and the 80th Regiment of Foot' by Robert Hope an interesting read. The book is now out of print but second-hand copies are available on Amazon. An excellent resource for those interested in the Staffordshire regiments.

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Re: Herbert Woodward, 80th Regiment, killed at Intombi

Postby Tim Needham » 26 May 2014 22:56

Here are photos taken last year of the 80th Regiment memorial on the battlefield (Woodward's name is listed at the bottom) & the small cemetery close by.
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