British Rook

7lb Rifled Muzzle Loading Gun

The two British Rooks are represented by two 7 pound R.M.L. guns mounted on a Kaffrarian carriage, which was a slightly modified version of the carriage for the heavier 9-pound gun.

The guns had a steel barrel with three rifling grooves and a maximum range of 3,000 yards. There were only two 7lb guns at Isandlwana and both were captured by the Zulu Army during the battle.

Lord Chelmsford had six guns in his artillery battery (N/5 brigade) commanded by Colonel Harness. When Lord Chelmsford split his force on the morning of the 22nd January, he took with him, Colonel Harness and four guns (two sections). He left behind, one section (two guns) under the command of Brevet Major Stuart-Smith, T.A., a friend of Colonel Harness and his second in command. Major Stuart-Smith was wounded at Isandlwana. He made his way to Fugitives Drift only to be killed as he descended the river bank.

Weight in Bronze 120.48g (4┬Żoz)

Height 4.8 cm (1 7/8 inches)