Since France was not occupying South Africa, it was not expected in this case that the son of its emperor, Napoleon Bonaparte III, would be killed on the battlefield there.
However , the story of Louis Napoleon Bonaparte, according to Le Point (Journal of Le Point ), began his involvement alongside his father in the Battle of Sedan during the Franco – Prussian War in 1870 , which happened to hurt no more than 14 years.
But the winds do not like the ships, the battle ended in a resounding defeat for the French, after which this teenager sought refuge with his parents in Britain and continued his studies there, where he joined the Royal Military Academy, Wool wich, from which he graduated as an artillery officer in 1875.
Here Lewis, now 23, decided to escort his fellow students to the battlefield, which his mother objected, as his father had died years earlier. How would I risk my life for a country that is not mine, they will have no doubt that I know how to risk it better for my country.”
The newspaper adds that Louis Napoleon obtained the consent of Queen Victoria to fight in British uniform, and in February 1879 boarded a ship bound for Cape Town, to head from there to the region of Natal in present-day South Africa, where he joined the scouting unit.
On June 1, 1879, Lewis was on patrol in a valley with a few men and, noticing anything worth reporting, they stopped near the valley to rest and drink their horses.
None of them saw the Zulu warriors who were hiding in the tall grass, and after these warriors made sure that they ambush the patrol, they started shooting at its members, killing two British soldiers on the spot, and the others jumped on horseback to escape, Louis tried to imitate them, but as soon as he jumped on the saddle, he escaped The chest belt fastened the saddle, and Louis fell to the ground.
The horse stomped on his right arm and ran away with his sword, and he had a pistol that he could not use with his only valid left hand. However, the young man valiantly faced the Zulu fighters who attacked him with their weapons and could not eliminate him until after 17 spear strikes.
Having confirmed his death, these warriors rushed to mutilate the bodies of the two British soldiers, but decided to respect Lewis’s body because, as they later said after their arrest, he “killed like a lion.”
They stripped him of his clothes and weapons, but left him a gold chain with two medals that they considered an amulet.