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Alan Baynham-Jones was born in Plymouth, Devon in 1948. Whilst working for the Ministry of Defence, Alan found his lifetime interest in the Anglo-Zulu War, and in particular the defence of Rorke’s Drift, was shared by a work colleague, and they spent many long night-shifts discussing the subject. Alan also worked as a volunteer at the Soldiers of Gloucestershire Museum for many years, and then later was asked to assist with the daunting task of cataloguing the vast archives at the Royal Welsh Regimental Museum in Brecon. He was instrumental in the discovery, restoration, and subsequent re-dedication of a number of graves of Rorke’s Drift defenders across the UK. Alan died in 2017 in Gloucester.