Thursday, September 17, 2015

The Defence of Rorke's Drift - Corporal Christian Ferdinand Schiess

Corporal Christian Ferdinand Schiess



Natal Native Contingent

"During the battle of Rorke's Drift, Lieutenant Chard had observed Schiess taking aim at some of the enemy. He bayoneted a Zulu who had fired at him at almost point blank range, then shot another and bayoneted a third. Despite being wounded he continued fighting. Frederick Schiess was the first man serving with a locally raised force to be awarded the Victoria Cross."

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