Col Anthony Durnford born in Leitrim 1830

#OnThisDay 1830 Col Anthony Durnford was born in Manorhamilton, Leitrim. An experienced officer in the Royal Engineers, Durnford fought and died at the Battle of Isandlwana in 1879 during the Anglo-Zulu War. He is often blamed for weakening the British defence, although his actions during the battle saw the left ‘horn’ of the attack stopped in its tracks until the British ammo supply ran dry. That and the sheer number of Zulus would have overwhelmed most forces that size under even the best leadership.


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