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|21st February 2005||Natal Mounted Police|
By Peter Weedon
According to Ian Castle's book "Volunteers, Irregulars and Auxiliaries", a draft of 60 recruits from England and 40 from Natal joined the Natal Mounted Police.
A number were awarded the 1879 clasp to the South Africa medal, but does anyone know what their duties would have been until the end of the war?
I've looked through my books but there appears to be few references to the role of the NMP after Isandhlwana.
|21st February 2005||John Young|
Post-Isandlwana duties of the N.M.P. are described on page 20 of Ian Castle's book that you've mentioned above.
I have a photograph of at least three of them serving as part of Wolseley's escort taken at Ulundi in early September 1879.
|21st February 2005||AMB|
I assume some sort of formation recce function.
See 'The Mounted Police Of Natal' by Holt (1913).
|22nd February 2005||Peter Weedon|
John - Well spotted. I should learn to read more carefully.
My interest is a Trooper J T Liddell (who apparently didn't cross the border and so should not have had the 1879 clasp). He was a draftee from England and served a total of 6 years with the NMP.
|22nd February 2005||AMB|
Insp Clarke's work of 1893 is also worth reading.