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Robert Jones
Birth: Aug. 19, 1857
Death: Sep. 6, 1898

Private at Rorke's Drift. Robert Jones was born in Clytha, Monmouthshire, England. A private in the 2nd Battalion / 24th Regiment of Foot in Natal, Jones was a member of the British defense force at Rorke's Drift. In the afternoon of January 22, 1879, a Zulu force attacked the small British supply outpost at Rorke's Drift. Defended by only 131 soldiers, of which 39 were in the hospital, against almost 4,000 Zulu warriors, the men held out against unceasing Zulu attacks throughout the evening and into the night. Pvt. Jones along with another man, Pvt. William Jones defended one of the wards in the hospital to the last. Despite suffering four spear wounds and being shot once, Jones held off the Zulu's with his bayonet until six of the seven patients were removed from the burning hospital. Early the next morning, after heavy losses, the Zulu's withdrew. For their incredible bravery in the face of an overwhelming force, 11 men, including Pvt. Robert Jones and Pvt. William Jones, received the Victoria Cross. This was the largest amount of Victoria Crosses ever awarded for a single engagement. The defense of Rorke's Drift was the subject of the 1964 movie Zulu. In 1898, Jones was found shot to death. A verdict of "suicide whilst temporarily insane" was recorded after a coroner heard evidence that Jones suffered nightmares following his hand-to-hand struggle at Rorke's Drift. Although suicides were generally excluded from burial on consecrated ground, Jones's Victoria Cross meant that his body was allowed to be interred in St. Peter's Churchyard, but not before the coffin was forced to enter the churchyard over a wall, and his headstone faces away from all other tombs to signify the nature of his death. There has been a recent movement to have his headstone reversed. 

Cause of death: Gunshot wound, ruled a suicide
St Peter Churchyard
Herefordshire Unitary Authority
Herefordshire, England
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