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 Frederick Hitch

Frederick Hitch

Birth
Southgate, London Borough of Enfield, Greater London, England
Death 6 Jan 1913 (aged 56)
Chiswick, London Borough of Hounslow, Greater London, England
Burial Chiswick, London Borough of Hounslow, Greater London, England
Memorial ID 9848 · View Source
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British Soldier, Zulu War, Victoria Cross Awardee. 1362 Pvt. Fred Hitch served in Company B, 2nd Battalion, 24th Regiment of Foot (2nd Warwickshire Regiment / South Wales Borderers) in the Zulu War of 1879 in South Africa. On January 22, 1879, during the Zulu attack on the British post at Rorke's Drift, Pvt. Hitch was severely wounded in the shoulder while helping to evacuate patients from the burning hospital. He remained on the line and helped pass out ammunition throughout the rest of the battle. For his actions Hitch was awarded the Victoria Cross by Queen Victoria herself, on August 12, 1879. After the war, Hitch became a cab driver, thus becoming the only London cab driver to ever be awarded the Victoria Cross. Fred Hitch and the British defense at Rorke's Drift were made famous in 1964 with the movie "Zulu.


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  • Maintained by: Find A Grave
  • Added: 4 Jun 2000
  • Find A Grave Memorial 9848
  • Find A Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com : accessed ), memorial page for Frederick Hitch (29 Nov 1856–6 Jan 1913), Find A Grave Memorial no. 9848, citing Old Chiswick Cemetery, Chiswick, London Borough of Hounslow, Greater London, England ; Maintained by Find A Grave .