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Rorke's Drift the highest number of VC's awarded for one action?
confusion has arisen over the number of VCs awarded for Rorke's Drift;
there seems to be a belief that more VCs were awarded at Rorke's Drift
than any other battle. In terms of numbers of VCs awarded for any one
battle, Rorke's Drift is fifth in the league - but top of the number awarded
to any one regiment for any one battle. There were 19 VCs awarded for
Inkerman on the 5th Nov 1854; 20 for Great Redan 18th June 1855; 12 for
Great Redan 12th Sept 1855; 17 for Sikandar Dagh 16th Nov 1857 and 11
for Rorke's Drift 1879, seven of which went to the 24th Regiment, (awards
spread out over 14 months).
Incidentally, I believe that the awards to Chard and Bromhead were unique; they were technically in breach of military protocol. Chard and Bromhead were not recommended by the commander in the field or their immediate commanding officer. They were recommended personally by Lord Chelmsford who added their names to the brief report from Lt. Bromhead to Col. Glyn praising the action of six soldiers of B company. Glyn forwarded the report to Chelmsford who added Chard and Bromheads names before sending it to London.