planned for Chiswick's Rorke’s Drift Hero
On the occasion of the 125th Anniversary of the battle of Rorke's Drift, made infamous by Michael Caine in the film ‘Zulu’, a blue plaque is to be unveiled marking the house where Fred Hitch VC died.
To celebrate this auspicious event, a parade in the Private’s honour will be held on Sunday 25th January setting off from his grave in Chiswick Cemetery, via the plaque unveiling and ending at Chiswick Memorial Club.
will require the A4 to be closed for a short period around 11.20am.
On 6th January
1913 he died of pneumonia at 62 Cranbrook Road and is buried in Chiswick
Cemetery. His funeral was attended by a large number of London 'Cabbies'
and still today there is the Fred Hitch gallantry award for Cab drivers.
Fred Hitch has often been commemorated on this date, however the unveiling ceremony is truly a once in a life time event celebrating an heroic private soldier, one of very few who have had blue plaques erected in their honour.
March (approx. 200 people) will go across Hogarth Roundabout (traffic to be stopped briefly to allow this) around 11.20am.
Branch of The Royal British Legion are the event organiser, and they would
appreciate any donations for the Poppy Fund.