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|13th June 2001||Information on my great (x3) Grandfather|
By Daniel Copeland
I am loking for information on my Great (x3) Grandfather a Pte. Carpenter, who according to his death notice was at the drift. This is an often claimed thing in my family and I would like to know if he was there. Thank you.
|14th June 2001||Alan Critchley|
many people passed through or stayed at Rorke's Drift during the Zulu War. Many of them liked to say this after the events there. Worth a free pint or two. There is no soldier by the name of Carpenter on the list of defenders.
There are two Carpenters in the 24th. One a Corporal, William 2Bn., another a Private William H. 1Bn. who was killed at Isandlwana.
If you have any more details I could check further.
|14th June 2001||Daniel Copeland|
The death notice stated a veteran of the Zulu war, and there was a mention of the drift. I do believe his name was William, I will check to see if I can get more information on him. Do you have a site that I can check to get his record of service. Thank you.
|15th June 2001||John Young|
Corporal William Carpenter, 25th Brigade No.609, 2nd/24th Regt.
Enlisted at Monmouth 17/7/1875 aged 19 yrs.
Entitled to South Africa General Service Medal 1877-8-9.
Suggest you try the R.R.W. Museum, Brecon website for possible papers. There's a link from this site.