A rare military campaign medal awarded to a British soldier at the famous Battle at Rorke’s Drift in South Africa, is expected to fetch thousands of dollars when it goes to auction in Sydney next week.
A rare military campaign medal awarded to a British soldier at the famous Battle at Rorke's Drift in South Africa, is expected to fetch thousands of dollars when it goes to auction in Sydney next week.
The battle was immortalised in the hit 1964 movie, 'Zulu', starring Michael Caine, which depicted how a small British force, outnumbered 40-to-one, held off thousands of Zulu warriors.
Their feat was marked by the award of 11 Victoria Crosses (VC) to Rorke's Drift defenders - the highest military award in the Commonwealth.
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Seven of those were awarded to soldiers of the 2nd/24th Foot, South Welsh Borderers regiment – the most VCs ever given for a single action by one regiment.
A campaign medal awarded after the battle to Lance Sergeant John Key, of the 2nd, 24th Foot Regiment, will go under the hammer in Sydney next week.
Sydney auction house Noble Numismatics said medals awarded to the Rorke's Drift defenders are highly sought after and have been sold for as much as $356,000.
The John Key medal is in a collection of Anglo-Zulu War medals that is estimated to sell for at least $80,000.
The sale will be held at the Dixson Room, State Library of NSW, Macquarie Street, Sydney, from Tuesday, March 23 to Thursday, March 25.
For further details, visit noble.com.au.
Source: 9News https://www.9news.com.au/national/rare-zulu-war-medal-to-go-for-auction/a9c3540f-0e74-49cc-ae12-6ae51c120b07