A mounted Woodburrytype photograph taken from the Men of Mark series of John Rouse Merriott Chard V.C. of
the Royal Engineers.
During the Anglo-Zulu War of 1879, Chard found himself in command of the small British
garrison at
the mission station of Rorke's Drift, Natal Colony, leading its defense from 22 to 23 January 1879 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 19
th 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 c
ommon practice 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