Teignmouth Melvill was born at 4 Clarendon Place, Marylebone,
Central London on 8 September 1842. He died aged 36 when trying
to save the Colour from Isandlwana on 22 January 1879.
He, along with
Coghill, were among the first recipients of the posthumous Victoria Cross
Nevill Josiah Aylmer Coghill was
born Drumcondra, Co. Dublin, Ireland on 25 January 1852. He died
with Melvill trying to save the Colour.
When the situation
at Isandlwana seemed hopeless, Lieutenant-Colonel Pulleine ordered
Melvill to save the Colour. He was accompanied
by Coghill, he having sustained an injury to his knee earlier in
the day when trying to catch a chicken for Lord Chelmsford's supper.
It was this injury which meant that he was unable to go with Chelmsford's
force moving to the South East in search of the main Zulu force.