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17th April 20021st 24th Regimental dog.
By Alec Weston
I read somewhere that the 1st 24th mascot at Isandlwana was a dog. Has anyone got any details of this creature or what happened to it?
Alec Weston
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18th April 2002Martin Everett
Dear Alec,
There are lots of dogs connected with the battles of Isandhlwana and Rorke's Drift. But no official regimental mascots. if you require more information contact the SWB Museum with your postal address. We may have to charge from photocopying and postage.
19th April 2002Peter Quantrill
Dear Alec,
Many of the officers of 3 column were accompanied by their pet dogs.At the time of the Zulu attack on Isandlwana,there were possibly in excess of 30 dogs in camp.Some were killed during the attack and others made their escape.Lieutenant John Maxwell of the 2nd Battalion 3rd Regiment N.N.C. recorded whilst out on patrol from Rorke's Drift a day or so after the defeat at Isandlwana,"About half a mile from the camp, I was suddenly attacked by a pack of dogs about 20, consisting of various breeds, Newfoundlands, Pointers,Setters Terriors etc. a few with collars.These were the dogs that belonged to the camp at Isandlwana and having lost their masters, and been in the fighting, had become wild and although I tried by calling them and whistling could not quiet them, and proceeding, they followed still barking and howling some 3 or 400 yards, when they left me. These were shot at different times with very few exceptions afterwards"

I hope this clarifies the situation.

Peter Quantrill
19th April 2002Peter Quantrill
Dear Alec,
Many of the officers of 3 column were accompanied by their pet dogs.At the time of the Zulu attack on Isandlwana,there were possibly in excess of 30 dogs in camp.Some were killed during the attack and others made their escape.Lieutenant John Maxwell of the 2nd Battalion 3rd Regiment N.N.C. recorded whilst out on patrol from Rorke's Drift a day or so after the defeat at Isandlwana,"About half a mile from the camp, I was suddenly attacked by a pack of dogs about 20, consisting of various breeds, Newfoundlands, Pointers,Setters Terriors etc. a few with collars.These were the dogs that belonged to the camp at Isandlwana and having lost their masters, and been in the fighting, had become wild and although I tried by calling them and whistling could not quiet them, and proceeding, they followed still barking and howling some 3 or 400 yards, when they left me. These were shot at different times with very few exceptions afterwards"

I hope this clarifies the situation.

Peter Quantrill
21st April 2002Peter Quantrill
Dear Alec,
There is a record of at least one dog that survived.Trooper Fred Symons,Natal Carbineers,mentions a dog making its way to Helpmakaar where he was adopted by the Carbineers.Symons describes the dog accordingly. " The name of the this wonderful dog is Man Cock,and his colour is liver and white.'' He accompanied the Carbineers on their daily patrols and presumably survived the war!

Peter Quantrill
31st May 2002Stephen
Thanks for the background info, Peter. This is interesting info that I have never before seen in my research. However I would expect that Tpr Symons dog's name was spelt differently then what you state...
14th May 2004Alan
I remember reading somewhere that there was a mongrel black and white dog called PIP at Rorkes drift, it is also seen in a couple of paintings.
21st August 2005T Symons
I'm interested to know where you got the information on Trooper Fred Symons and the dog adopted by the Carbineers. My grandfathers, grandfather was Fred Symons. We have a brief article written by him on his experinces at Isandlwana but I don't recall him mentioning a dog.