|4th June 2003||Natal Native Contingent|
Could any one help me with where to find list of Officers and NCO's- or at least Officers who served with the NNC pre-organistion into 5 battalions before the second invasion of Zululand. ie while the NNC consited of Regiments 1-3 each with their own numbered battalions. I can find lots of information on Officers/NCO's that were killed at Isandhlwana but I'm trying to put together a list of which men served with which battalion and Regiment and not just KIA's or Isandhlwana participents. The medal rolls have proved useful for giving a list of names but these seem to be only listed under their later battalions.
Any help on this would be much appreciated.
|4th June 2003||John Young|
You might find that 'The Buffalo Border' by Laband & Thompson, (Published 1983 in PMB.) is a good starting place.
|5th June 2003||Keith Smith|
The best place to find this stuff is in the Local General Orders published in the Times of Natal almost every day during late 1878/79. There are very many of them and it is only possible to allocate them to particular battalions and not to individual companies within the battalion.
I have most of them from November 1878 to end April 1879 and the stuff in them makes fascinating reading.
|5th June 2003||Justin Young|
Hi John and Keith.
Many thanks for your replies to my post. I do not have a copy of 'The Buffalo Border' but I will try and put a book search out for a copy (as I know its out of print).
As to the Times of Natal - this must be a fasinating collection to have and I'd love to have access to such documents but living in Scotland, my only way to have a look at these would be to travel to S.A and have a look at the micofilm held in the national library- something I unfortunately could not afford to do!
|5th June 2003||Peter Ewart|
Not so, Justin. Copies of the The Times of Natal, N/Witness, N/Mercury, Kaffrarian Watchman etc etc for the period in question are all readily available in London at the British Newspaper Library. Even the Zululand Times from a little later. So you're in luck - you have a short journey of only a few hundred miles instead of a few thousand!
|6th June 2003||Justin Young|
I didn't realise that copies were kept in London - thats great to know- should save me a bit of money in Travel anyway! I've got family in London so maybe a weeks holiday would be in order.
Many thanks for telling me this