A mounted Woodburrytype photograph taken from the Men of Mark series of John Rouse Merriott Chard V.C. of
the Royal Engineers who during the Anglo/Zulu War of 1879 was in command of the mission station of Rorke's
Drift, 22nd - 23rd, January 1879 during its famous defence in the aftermath of the British disaster at Isandlwana.
He is pictured wearing his Victoria Cross but when this photograph was taken he had yet to receive his 1877-79
South Africa Medal.

The autograph was cut from a letter by Chard sometime in the late 19th Century. While the practice of removing a
signature from the context of the original letter would be considered unacceptable by modern collecting standards it
is the way it was done in the past. Chard signed "John R. M. Chard Capt & Bt Major R.E. This places the date of
the signature sometime between 23rd January, 1879 when he was promoted Captain & Brvt. Major and 17 July,
1886 when he was promoted to full Major.

Mounted Photograph
8 inches by 10 1/2 Inches (20 cm x 27 cm)
Lock & Whitfield - Photographer
Crown Buildings 188 Fleet Street, London, England
c. 1880

Signature cut from letter
3 1/2 Inches by 3/4 Inches (9 cm x 2 cm)
c. 1879 - 1886