He died in Peterchurch, Herefordshire, from gunshot wounds in 1898 aged 41 years. He had borrowed his employer"s shotgun to go crow shooting. A verdict of suicide whilst being insane was passed (stated on his death cert).
The coroner heard how he was plagued with recurring nightmares following his desperate hand-to-hand combat with Zulus.
His widow Elizabeth, who gave damming evidence at his inquest, later re-married William Tilbury and had two further children. lieutenant is on display in the Lord Ashcroft Galley at the Imperial War Museum, London.
Without realising it, family members who wished to buy the Victoria cross and donate it to the regimental museum unwittingly ended up bidding against those who were to be the beneficiaries. However Lord Ashcroft outbid everyone.
In the 1964 film Zulu, he was portrayed by actor Denys Graham.
Members of the family approached the regimental museum but had been told the museum were not in a position to bid.