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VC365   John Rouse Merriott Chard

BORN   21 December 1847

DIED   1 November 1897  AGE   49

VC Won  22-23 January 1879   AGE   31

Place VC Won   Rorke’s Drift, Natal

War/Campaign  The Zulu War

Name   John Rouse Merriott Chard   No.    

VC Issue No.   365   Awards   VC   

Regiment   Corps of Royal Engineers, 5th Field Company


Now   Corps of Royal Engineers

Rank VC Won   Lieutenant

Rank End Of Career   Colonel

Place Of Birth   Boxhill, near Plymouth, Devon, England

Place Of Death   Hatch Beauchamp Rectory, Somerset, England

Buried/Location Ashes   St John the Baptist Churchyard, Hatch Beauchamp, Somerset


Date Buried/Cremated   

Headstone   Headstone   Plot/Grave no.   

Gazetted   2 May 1879

VC Presented   16 July 1879 by General Sir Garnet Wolseley at St Paul's Mission Station, Kawzulu-Natal, South Africa


P  Headstone, St John the Baptist Churchyard, Hatch Beauchamp, Somerset

P  Plaque in Jesus Chapel, Rochester Cathedral, Kent

P  Window at St John the Baptist Church, Hatch Beauchamp, Somerset

P  Road bollard with name inscribed at The Hoe Seafront, Plymouth, Devon

John Chard VC House, Swansea TA Centre, West Glamorgan, Wales

P  Plaque at YMCA Sports Centre, Honicknowle Lane, Pennycross, Plymouth, Devon

P  Named on 'For Valour' board, bust, officers sword, water bottle & Zulu assegai, knobkerrie & shield taken by Chard at Ulundi, Royal Engineers Museum, Brompton Barracks, Prince Arthur Road, Chatham, Kent

P  Plaque in Othery Church, Somerset

P  Chard Street, Nottingham, Nottinghamshire

P  Chard Road, Plymouth, Devon

P  Bronze bust, Tauntom Museum, Somerset

By The Way…

John Chard-Dekorasie (silver decoration) (JCD) awarded for 20 years long and efficient service in the South African Union Defence Forces, available to all ranks already awarded the John Chard-Medalje (bronze medal) for 12 years long and efficient service

VC Held By

The Lord Ashcroft collection I.W.M



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

The Zulu War