“A Zulu Dawn-13 Days in January 1879”
A talk and presentation by Mr Dave Sutcliffe
Thursday 26th November 2015 6-9pm
The Senate Rooms, Trent Building, University of Nottingham Campus NG7 2RD

The Museum of the Mercian Regiment (WFR) collection is to host a talk and presentation by Mr Dave Sutcliffe a registered tour guide for the battlefields of KwaZulu-Natal and a founder member of the Provincial Tourist Guides Association of KwaZulu-Natal, Battlefields Region. Dave has recently returned from South Africa to live in the UK.  He has spent the last 15 years conducting tours of some of the many battlefields of KwaZulu-Natal  giving talks and presentations on them.

Dave’s talk will cover the fate of Number 3 Central Column of the Natal Field force from its arrival on the 11th of January 1879 to its doomed action at the Battle of Isandlwana on 22 January 1879 where a third of its numbers were wiped out by a Zulu Army under the command of Chief Ntshingwayo kaMahole.

 As part of the talk the Museum will be exhibiting some of the original watercolours painted during the Zulu War by Major John Crealock. These watercolours are rarely on public display.  John Crealock was a 95th Derbyshire Regiment officer who was serving as the Military Secretary on the Cape during the war. Also on display will be Zulu weapons brought home by another famous 95th Derbyshire Regiment officer, Lieutenant (later Major General )  Horace Smith –Dorrien, who was present at Isandlwana and recommended for the Victoria Cross for his actions in trying to save  soldiers’ lives on the 22 January 1879.

The talk will be held on Thursday 26th November from 1800- 2100 hours in the Senate Rooms in the Trent Building of the University of Nottingham. Tickets cost £10 each with the money raised going towards  the future preservation of  Museum  which is a registered charity. Parking on the University campus is free after 1645 hours. Tea and Coffee will be available from 1800 hours.

If you wish to attend this fascinating talk by a practicing guide please email your request to attend to: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .  You will be sent an email confirmation of a place with payment details and a map of the University Campus.