|Captain George Vaughan Wardell of the 1st Battalion, 24th Regiment of Foot.
Born in Toronto, Canada in 1840 Wardell came from what might be considered a typical military family of the
Victorian era. His father was a major who served with the 66th Foot, 93rd Highlanders and Royal Canadian Rifles
while a brother served in the Royal Marine Light Infantry.
In the Anglo-Zulu War of 1879, Wardell commanded "H" Company of the 1st Battalion, 24th Foot. His company
occupied a position towards the center of the defensive line at Isandlwana on January 22. To his left were the two
guns of N/5 RA and to his right was "G" Company, 1/24th Foot commanded by Charlie Pope. It was at this section of
the line that the Zulus broke through and towards the British camp. Wardell's company was cut to pieces during the
general British withdrawal. His body was later found along with that of Lieutenant Dyer of the 2/24th in the remains of
one of the many last stands that took place in and amongst the 24th's tents.
Wardell was married to Lucy Russell. His above mentioned brother John Charles was killed in action at Tel el Kebir,
Egypt in 1882.
Carte de Visite sized mounted Photograph
Original Photograph c. 1877. Copied c. 1880-90