This is our brand new sculpture of Lt Chard and replaces our first edition.
Chard arrived at Rorke's Drift on the 19th January to build ponts across the river just below the settlement. He watched Chelmsford's force depart into Zululand and followed the force with his engineers on the 21st. On the morning of the 22nd Chard rode to Rorke's Drift. To his disgust he had been ordered back to wait at the crossing. About mid-day sounds of battle could be heard in the distance and in the early afternoon Major Spalding, the officer in charge of the drift decided to ride over to Helpmakaar, a few miles away to hasten reinforcements. His final words, as left were, "I see you are senior, so you will be in charge, although, of course, nothing will happen, and I shall be back this evening early".
Very soon after, fugitives started to arrive back at the crossing with the story of the disaster at Isandlwana and the startling news that a large force of Zulu's were on their way. Lt Chard, Lt Bromhead, Acting Commissary Dalton and about 150 men urgently set about building defences with mealie bags and biscuit boxes around the small settlement. Before they were finished the first elements of the Zulu Army were upon them.
The heroic defence of the settlement is well documented and is a remarkable story. What is also remarkable however, is how well Lt. Chard commanded his small, rather dissolute detachment. He did not know the men, and had never seen them in action. Indeed the main part of his force was primarily made up of men under the direct command of Lt Bromhead. The remainder were hospital patients, and a few assorted personnel who had duties in the camp.
Lt Chard displayed immense personal gallantry and leadership throughout the battle, constantly placing himself in exposed positions where he could see and deal with what was happening around his perimeter. He coolly gave clear incisive orders, even when personally involved in hand to hand combat. In every way he displayed the character of a first class field officer of the British Army.
Limited Edition of 750
Part of the VC Collection
We will supply this figurine on a thin 'Collectors' base as standard. If you would like us to mount it on a deeper 'Presentation' style base please choose the option below.