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VC367   Frederick Hitch

BORN   29 November 1856

DIED   6 January 1913  AGE   56

VC Won  22-23 January 1879   AGE   22

Place VC Won   Rorke’s Drift, Natal

War/Campaign  The Zulu War

Name   Frederick Hitch   No.    1362

VC Issue No.   367   Awards   VC   

Regiment   24th Regiment, 2nd (Warwickshire) Battalion, B Company

Later   South Wales Borderers

Now   2nd Battalion Royal Regiment of Wales - disbanded July 2012

Rank VC Won   Private

Rank End Of Career   Private

Place Of Birth   New Southgate, Edmonton, Middlesex, England

Place Of Death   At his lodgings, 62 Cranbrook Road, Ealing, London, England

Buried/Location Ashes   St Nicholas' Churchyard, Corney Road, Chiswick, West London


Date Buried/Cremated   11 January 1913

Headstone   Headstone   Plot/Grave no.   Block B or P, Grave 17

Gazetted   2 May 1879

VC Presented   12 August 1879 by Queen Victoria at Netley Hospital, Hampshire, England


P  Headstone, St Nicholas' Churchyard, Corney Road, Chiswick, West London

P  Blue plaque at 62 Cranbrook Road, Chiswick, London

P  Victoria Cross honours board, The Royal Welsh Museum, The Barracks, Brecon, Powys

P  Named on victoria cross honours board, Hounslow Civic Centre, West London

By The Way…

Funeral attended by 1,500 London cabbies

Headstone repaired 1998

Original VC stolen from his pocket whilst he served as a commissionaire at the Royal United Services Institute, February 1901, a replacement was presented by King Edward VII in 1908

VC Held By

South Wales Borderers and Monmouthshire Regiment Museum of the Royal Regiment of Wales, The Barracks, Brecon, Powys, Wales



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Thank you to Nick & Lorna Martin for photos Rorke’s Drift

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