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Stanley Baker as Lieutenant John Chard (left), Charles Robson was the batman to Lt Chard.<br />
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A medal awarded to one of the defenders of Rorke's Drift, which was immortalised in the film Zulu, has sold for £132,000 138 years on.<br />
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Driver Charles Robson was the batman, or personal servant, to Victoria Cross hero Lieutenant John Chard, who was played by Stanley Baker in the classic 1964 movie.<br />
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The duo formed part of the 140-strong British garrison which defied all odds to successfully defend the Rorke's Drift mission station from 4,000 marauding Zulu warriors in 1879.<br />
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Robson never left the side of Lt Chard, who was the commanding officer and who organised the epic defences which included piling up mealie bags to form a makeshift wall.<br />
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The medal went under the hammer with London auctioneers Dix Noonan Webb today and went for a record £132,000.