Likewise spare a thought for those who fought their way off the battlefield and escaped via Fugitive's Trail. With the way to Rorkes Drift cut off the only means of escape was across rough countryside a distance of some 6 to 7 miles. The river at Fugitives Drift was in full flood and the crossing could not have been an easy task even without the Zulus.
'The Zulus seemed to be behind,before and on each side of us and as we hurried on we had to leave poor fugitives crying and begging us not to leave them.' Trooper W.Barker, Natal Carbineers.
Philip Wilson, Warwickshire Yeomanry Museum Trustee and Archivist
Member OMRS 943