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 Alfred Henry “Harry” Hook

Alfred Henry “Harry” Hook

Birth
Churcham, Forest of Dean District, Gloucestershire, England
Death 12 Mar 1905 (aged 54)
Gloucester, City of Gloucester, Gloucestershire, England
Burial Churcham, Forest of Dean District, Gloucestershire, England
Memorial ID 11680 · View Source
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Zulu War Victoria Cross Recipient. Born in Churcham, England, he served as a Private in Company B, 2nd Battalion, 24th Regiment of Foot, British Army. On January 22, 1879, during the Zulu attack on the British post at Rorke's Drift, Africa, Private Hook was one of the patients in the camp hospital. As the Zulus advanced into the compound through a room wall of the hospital, Private Hook with a few others defended the hospital until their ammunition ran out. Even being wounded, he then was instrumental in bringing eight patients with him out to the safety of the inner defenses. For gallantry in the face of the enemy, he was awarded the Victoria Cross by Sir Garnet Wolseley, GOC South Africa, on August 3, 1879. He died of pulmonary tuberculosis at age 54 in Gloucester, England. For the movie "Zulu" (1964), Private Hook's character was portrayed by actor James Booth.

Bio by: John "J-Cat" Griffith


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  • Maintained by: Find A Grave
  • Added: 12 Aug 2000
  • Find A Grave Memorial 11680
  • Find A Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com : accessed ), memorial page for Alfred Henry “Harry” Hook (6 Aug 1850–12 Mar 1905), Find A Grave Memorial no. 11680, citing St Andrew Churchyard, Churcham, Forest of Dean District, Gloucestershire, England ; Maintained by Find A Grave .