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Col. Durnford Awarded VC Same As Col. Moore 88th Regt ?
Colin


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In 'A Soldier's Life And Work In South Africa' by Edward Durnford, page 115, a comparison is made between his actions at Bushman's Pass and that of a Col. Moore 88th Regiment in 1877 recommended for a VC, that are so identical should have merited the awarding of a VC to the former.

https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hans_Moore

Should that have not then been the case of Durnford being posthumously awarded the VC, even after his death at Isandhlwana, as there was a delay for such regarding Melvill and Coghill in the latter event.

Was his recommendation lost in the post, mislaid, or unfiled, as there was apparently a COI where details were given in full of his actions, so it was well-known to all ?

It needs to be reconsidered, even if after all this time, only an official document be issued confirming that it would have been recommended.

It is so odd, as before me I have the book - 'The Sapper VCs' by Gerald Napier, which inside the front cover I placed the portrait photo of Durnford where I wrote - 'In my opinion Col. A.W. Durnford R.E., deserved to be posthumously awarded the VC for his actions at Isandhlwana 1879 and/or (1873) Bushman's Pass !
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Colin


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John Y

Well do I feel damn foolish, Mooreís portrait and details are in Victoriaís Harvest, I didnít click between them both at all. Thereís me thinking Iím very observant as well. Pages 225-226.

Iím fascinated with the sheer nerve of the man, if that is how he got his VC, is it truly the case of how it came about ?

Maybe thatís what Anthony should have done to get his too ! How the heck does that happen ?

Is it known if he had the necessary contacts to influence the decision - friends, private circle support/groups within the military - as that is unheard of to myself
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