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Posted on 09/28/2012 8:52:58 AM PDT by KeyLargo
Soldier honoured for bayonet charge on Taliban
Corporal Sean Jones of 1st Battalion The Princess of Wales's Regiment has been awarded the Military Cross for leading a bayonet charge under fire.
1:47PM BST 28 Sep 2012
Corporal Sean Jones, 25, of 1st Battalion The Princess of Wales's Regiment, "reversed a potentially dire situation" when his patrol came under attack in a carefully planned ambush in October last year.
The soldier, of Tern Hill near Market Drayton in Shropshire, was second-in-command of the patrol which was trying to draw out insurgents laying homemade bombs in Kakaran village, Helmand.
As the patrol moved through an open field it came under heavy and accurate small-arms fire from the north and east.
Caught in the killing zone and unable to advance into the hail of fire, the soldiers withdrew to the relative safety of the water-filled ditch to return fire but were trapped as the insurgents moved in to try to overwhelm their position.
Firing a rocket at one of the insurgent positions, Cpl Jones ordered three of his men to fix bayonets before breaking cover and leading them across 80 metres of open ground raked by enemy fire.
(Excerpt) Read more at telegraph.co.uk ...
This guy has more manliness in his thumbs than most guys have even in their dreams.
Did he read them their Miranda Rights first? < /sarc >
Yes, he did...
“You have the right to 16 inches of English steel through your sub-human, unwashed guts, Muhammed.”
"This guy has more manliness in his thumbs than most guys have even in their dreams."
You mean just like our Commander in Chief who killed Bin Laden single-handedly?... sarc
Well, let’s not get carried away, this guy (the one with the bayonet and Jovian-sized stones) isn’t quite as manly as the kenyan.
Now for a rousing chorus of “Men of Harlech”.
KILL - that’s the spirit of the bayonet
Glad to see it’s still being taught in basic
Mad at myself for not knowing what that is...
Hard to imagine making an 80m charge into enemy fire with such huge brass ones weighing you down.
I hope the bayonets were well-greased with pig fat.
Enjoy. Great film and great song!!
Ever see ‘Zulu’?
A better version of the song, watch to the end.
“and a bayonet Sir, with some guts behind it”
Corporal Sean Jones lead 3 riflemen in a bayonet charge against the enemy while under fire.
Bathouse Barry leads with his rear.
Yeah you know Obama killed Bin laden don’t you and John kerry served in Vietnam?
There *are* still some Brits of the old archetype, though they are an endangered species.
Historical Note: “Men of Harlech” was the regimental march of the now disbanded 24th Regiment of Foot; which existed at the time of the Anglo-Zulu War. B Company, 2nd Battalion, 24th Regiment of Foot comprised the majority of a defensive force which displayed exceptional courage and valor during the “Battle of Rorke's Drift” on 22-23 January 1879 (aka: “The Defense of Rorke's Drift”). They held their position against a vastly numerically superior force of Zulu Impis.
The 24th Regiment of Foot was renamed the South Wales Borderers Regiment in 1881 and “Men of Harlech” remained as their regimental quick march. It is also the current regimental quick march for the Royal Regiment of Wales which absorbed the South Wales Borderers Regiment in 1969.
Since Corporal Jones is a member of the Princess of Wales Regiment, given the circumstances, technically the appropriate march would be that regiment's quick march: “The Farmer's Boy/Soldiers of the Queen.”
The Princess of Wales Regiment also has a slow march: “The Minden Rose.”
The 24th Regiment wasn’t a Welsh regiment at the time of Rorke’s drift, and its regimental depot was in Warickshire, and its regimental march was ‘Warwickshire Lads’ It was only after the Cardwell Reforms of 1881 that the 24th Became a Welsh Regiment (The South Wales Borderers). Contrary to popular belief, the vast majority of those who fought at Rorke’s Drift were Englishmen, not Welshmen.
There seems to be some disparity amongst various authorities as to the composition of the soldiers of B Company, 2/24th at Rorke's Drift as well as the regimental march at that time. I note that Ian Knight concurs w/your account and indicates “only 19 men of B Company, 2/24th (had) any type of Welsh connection.”
That said, Norman Holme says the following:
“Of the 122 soldiers of the 24th Regiment present at the Battle of Rorke's Drift, 49 are known to have been of English nationality, 32 were Welsh, 16 were Irish, 1 was a Scot, and 3 were born overseas. The nationalities of the remaining 21 are unknown.”
But, he also states that only 4 soldiers of the entire company were from Warwickshire.
(Source: Norman Holme (1999) The Noble 24th p. 383)
Numerous sources, other than Knight, list “Men of Harlech” as having been the regimental march of the 24th Regiment of Foot/2nd Warwickshire and some also list “Warwickshire Lads.”
From the historical references I have seen it appears that the number of Warwickshire men in the regiment reached it's peak between the end of the 18th century and the middle of the 19th century; however, their numbers had fallen off dramatically by the 1879. That comports w/Holmes comments cited above; where roughly 25% of the company was of Welsh extraction while roughly 50% were Englishmen (but less than 4% were from Warwickshire).
Note that at the link above to Ian Knight's comments the following is also included:
“There have been some accounts (primarily David Charles of Fugitive's Drift) where it was said that ‘Men of Harlech’ was sung as the men of the 3rd column crossed the river at Rorke's Drift on the their way into Zululand...”
At any rate, you are quite correct in stating that the majority of B Company, 2/24th were Englishmen at the time of the Battle of Rorke's Drift. I certainly did not mean to imply that the 24th Regiment of Foot was primarily a Welsh regiment at that time; although, obviously, quite a few Welshmen were part of the company that defended Rorke's Drift.
As to the location of the regimental depot, this source indicates: “...the Regimental Depot had been established at Brecon, in South Wales, in 1873...”
While it appears quite possible that “Men of Harlech” might have been sung by some of the soldiers who passed thru Rorke's Drift, it does seem logical and probable that you and Knight are correct in stating that the official regimental march of the 24th would have been “Warwickshire Lads” at the time of Rorke's Drift and up until 1881.
Again, I appreciate your comments and if you have more to add to help clarify the events surrounding the Battle of Rorke's Drift I welcome them.