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ON THIS DAY IN LONDON
16th January 1906 Born today: Diana Winyard, London, actress (Cavalcade)
16th January 1794 Edward Gibbon, historian (Decline and Fall), dies in London at 56
16th January 1759 British Museum opens in London
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 Their determined conduct enabled the patients to be withdrawn from the hospital, and when incapacitated by their wounds from fighting, they continued, as soon as their wounds were dressed, to serve out ammunition to their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).