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ON THIS DAY IN LONDON
26th May 1966 Actress Helena Bonham Carter born in Golders Green, London.
26th May 1951 Vaughan Williams Pilgrim's Progress, premieres in London
26th May 1942 Anglo-Soviet Treaty signed in London
26th May 1906 The current Vauxhall bridge was officially opened by the Prince of Wales.
26th May 1893 Born today: Eugene Goossens, London England, conductor/composer (Perseus)
26th May 1839 The first burial in newly-opened Highgate Cemetery.
Rorkes Hero Hitch lived here
Private Hitch, hero of Rorke's Drift lived and died here.
Location: 62 Cranbrook Road, Chiswick
Description: Private Frederick Hitch (V.C.) (1856-1913) lived and died here.
He was 22 years old, and a Private in the 2nd Battalion, 24th Regiment of Foot (later The South Wales Borderers), British Army during the Zulu War when the following deed took place for which he was awarded the Victoria Cross.
On 22 and 23 January 1879 at Rorke's Drift, Natal, South Africa, Private Hitch and another man (William Wilson Allen) kept communication with the hospital open, despite being severely wounded. Their determined conduct enabled the patients to be withdrawn from the hospital, and when incapacitated by their wounds from fighting, they continued, as soon as their wounds were dressed, to serve out ammunition to their comrades during the night.
His Victoria Cross is displayed at the South Wales Borderers Museum (Brecon, Powys, Wales).