|uMzinyathi District Municipality|
KwaZulu-Natal South Africa
|Cemetery notes and/or description:|
Rorke's Drift, formerly a trading post and later a Protestant mission station, served as a British Army supply depot and hospital during the Anglo-Zulu War of 1879. Here, on January 22-23, 1879 a battle took place between approximately 141 British officers, men, and volunteers and an estimated 4,000 Zulu warriors. British soldiers killed in the battle (and those who were mortally wounded) were interred on the site, and their names were etched on a stone monument erected by their comrades. Zulu warriors killed in the battle are also remembered by a monument on the site. The Victoria Cross was awarded to eleven of the vastly outnumbererd British and colonial defenders. Rorke's Drift has become an important museum of Anglo-Zulu War history, and draws thousands of visitors each year.