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Saturday 2 JULY 2016

1100 hours · Nottingham Castle

“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.     

DEDICATION CEREMONY FOR CAPT VICKERS VC

Nottingham City Council, along with the Lord Mayor of Nottingham, will be hosting a ceremony for the

unveiling of the paving stone for Capt Charles Vickers VC (Sherwood Foresters).  This will take place on

Friday 4 December at the Victoria Embankment War Memorial at 1100 hours.  A paving stone for

Pte Samuel Harvey of the York and Lancaster Regiment will also be unveiled and it is expected that the

ceremony will last for approx 30 minutes.

The Regimental Family, Standard Bearers, Association members and their families are invited to attend.

Capt Vickers, who also served in WWII, was with the 7th (Robin Hoods) Battalion; one of the first Territorial

Divisions to land in France in February 1915.  Vickers, who was an Acting Captain, took part in some of the

heaviest fighting in autumn 1915 at the Battle of Loos and the Battle of Hohenzollern Redoubt.  Vickers, with

the help of two soldiers, held a barrier against heavy bomb fire for several hours.  The Germans then

attacked from both the front and flank of the trench.  To help secure the safely of the trench, Vickers ordered

the men to build a second barrier behind him.  Eventually wounded from the attacks, Vickers was

taken to hospital and thanks to his efforts the position was held.  Vickers remained in hospital until October

1916.  It was during this time that he was awarded a Victoria Cross for his actions on the 14th October 1915

for his ‘most conspicuous bravery’.

Every year the annual Crich Pilgrimage is held on the first weekend in July, this year it took place on Sunday 5th July. Both old and new members of the Regiment attended with their Families for what was a good day, even if the end was a bit soggy. The event  was attended by local dignitires, cadets and the Regimental Family.

A service is held to remember those who have been killed in action since the First World War. This includes those killed fighting in the Sherwood Foresters, Worcestershire and Sherwood Foresters and the Mercian Regiment.