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James Langley Dalton

  • Birth 1831 Holborn, London Borough of Camden, Greater London, England
  • Death 8 Jan 1887 Port Elizabeth, Nelson Mandela Bay Metropolitan Municipality, Eastern Cape, South Africa
  • Burial Port Elizabeth, Nelson Mandela Bay Metropolitan Municipality, Eastern Cape, South Africa
  • Memorial ID 11309226

Zulu Wars Victoria Cross Recipient. Born in London, England, He served as a Commissary Staff Sergeant in the Royal British Army Service Corps. On the night of January 22, 1879, at Rorke's Drift, Natal, South Africa, he was serving as Acting Assistant Commissary, when his company's position was attacked by ensuing Zulu warriors. He quickly superintended his work at the first attack and went to defend the corner of the hospital, where a deadly fire checked the rush of the enemy. There he saved the life of a man in the Army Hospital Corps by shooting the Zulus who were attacking and although wounded himself, he continued to defend others and repel the enemy until the threat was suspended. For gallantry in the face of the enemy and courage throughout this action, he was awarded the Victoria Cross in November 1879. He died in Port Elizabeth, South Africa, at age 53.

Bio by: John "J-Cat" Griffith


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  • Added: 7 Jul 2005
  • Find A Grave Memorial 11309226
  • Find A Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com : accessed ), memorial page for James Langley Dalton (1831–8 Jan 1887), Find A Grave Memorial no. 11309226, citing Russell Road RC Cemetery, Port Elizabeth, Nelson Mandela Bay Metropolitan Municipality, Eastern Cape, South Africa ; Maintained by Find A Grave .