Lieutenant John Rouse Merriot Chard
5th Company Royal Engineers
"For their gallant conduct at the defence of Rorke's Drift, on the occasion of the attack by the Zulus on the 22nd and 23rd January 1879. The Lieutenant General commanding troops reports that, had it not been for the fine example and behaviour of these two officers under the most trying circumstances, the defence of the Rorke's Drift post would not have been conducted with that intelligence and tenacity which so essentially characterised it. The Lieutenant General adds that it's success must, to a great degree, be attributable to the two young Officers who exercised the chief Command on the occasion in question."