Lieutenant N J A Coghill VC

Lieut Neville Coghill was in the 1st Battalion 24th Regiment and managed to escape the disaster at Isandhlwana during the Zulu War of 1879. He managed to cross the Buffalo River but saw that a fellow officer of the regiment, Lt Melvill, was in trouble in the water. He and an other officer went to Melvill's aid and managed to get him to the other bank. But here the Zulus caught up with them and killed both men. The Colour was washed down river and recovered a few days later. Neville Josiah Aylmer Coghill was born at Drumcondra near Dublin on 25th Jan 1852 and he died on the banks of the river in Zululand on 22nd Jan 1879. His and Melvill's names were inscribed on the Colour pole, and both were posthumously awarded the Victoria Cross.

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