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The medals awarded to Gunner Arthur Howard, one of the heroes of Rorke's Drift, have gone on sale for £50,000

The medals awarded to Gunner Arthur Howard, one of the heroes of Rorke's Drift who lies buried in the Brockley & Ladywell Cemeteries, have gone on sale for £50,000 according to the Daily Mail

Gunner Arthur Howard's South Africa 1877-79 medal
Gunner Arthur Howard's South Africa 1877-79 medal is being sold at auction

In September 2012 a new headstone for Gunner Howard was unveiled thanks to a campaign by Corporal Bugler Tim Needham, Royal Marines, who started a campaign to have the defenders of Rorke's Drift memorialised.   

Marcus Budgen, head of the medal department at Spink & Son, said: 'The story of Gunner Arthur Howard, the luckiest man of Rorke's Drift, had almost been lost to time. This hero of the legendary defence sadly died in obscurity and was buried in an unmarked grave. It took the best part of a century for him to be remembered and celebrated.'



Headstone for Gunner Howard Brockley & Ladywell Cemeteries