Remains of British Zulu war soldier identified by tunic button

Published on June 17th, 2009 | by Admin

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The remains of a British soldier who died 130 years ago during the Zulu war have been identified by his tunic button.

Historian Arthur Konigkramer said the distinctive metal badge was that of the General Staff Corps – and the only soldier from that regiment who fought at Isandlwana was Colour-Sergeant Keane.

He added: ‘This is a truly remarkable discovery.’

The metal badge was discovered with Colour-Sergeant Keane’s skeleton in April during excavations by Amafa, the heritage organisation responsible for protecting the historic battle field 100 miles north of Durban.

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One Response to Remains of British Zulu war soldier identified by tunic button

  1. Peter Harman says:

    I think your find that the author of (They Fell Like Stones)Mr John Young was the one identified the button as being that of the General Staff Corps, and not the Historian Arthur Konigkramer. Mr Young also pointed out that Col Sgt Keane was the only one for the GSC That was present at Isandlwana on the fatefull day 22nd Jan 1879.
    Credit where is due please..

    Regards
    Peter Harman..

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