A PARADE to commemorate the 139th anniversary of the battle of Rorke's Drift and Cwmbran hero John Fielding VC will take place on Saturday, January 20.

The annual parade to remember the most famous battle of the Anglo-Zulu conflict will be held at held at St Michael's and All Angels Church, Llantarnam and a service will honour Cwmbran's John Fielding.

Private Fielding, who actually signed up as Pte John Williams, was one of 11 recipients of the highest military decoration awarded for valour for his role in the battle at Rorke’s Drift.

He received the Victoria Cross for defending a remote station against 4,000 Zulu warriors.

The former soldier was honoured in the Cwmbran area with establishments named after him following his death in 1932, and is buried in Llantarnam.

The event is organised by the Cwmbran and District Ex-Services Association.

Pte Fielding's memorial in Cwmbran also extends to a road close to the church - John Fielding Gardens off Newport Road and Cwmbran town centre's Wetherspoons.