- May 2011
- Navan, Ireland
Read that book, nice overview. Adrian Greaves' excellent book 'Rorkes Drift' gives a little biography of each of the defenders;-In Ian Knights early book,"Brave mens Blood", there is a selection of photographs of the VC recipients of this battle. There is one photo of Hook in later life, in the uniform of a different regiment and having just attained the rank of corporal. The passage that accompanies the photo suggests that Hooks career in the army was frequently interspersed with demotions and punishments for unsoldierly behaviour.
Interestingly enough, there is another Photograph of Bourne having attained the rank of Warrent Officer. The photo is dated 1914.
Hook purchased his discharge in 25/06/80 for £18, he moved to London in 1881 and worked as an attendant at the British Museum. He served as a sergeant in the 1st volunteer bat, Royal Fusiliers. He returned to Gloucsetershire with ill health and died 12/03/05 of TB.
Bourne was appointed colour sergeant in 27/04/78. He was appointed a lieutenant and quartermaster on 21/05/90. He retired from this post in 1907. When WWI broke out he returned to the colours and was appointed to the school of musketry Dublin. He retired in 1918 a second time with the rank of Lt Colonel.