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26th August 2003The British square at Ulundi
By Miguel
How many soldiers formed the square at Ulundi, and from what units?

And somewhat related to this: was there any contemporary account of bitterness from the 24th for not being included in the battle order at Ulundi (thus forfeiting the understandable wish for 'settling scores')?

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27th August 2003John Young

Units & strengths at Ulundi:-

1st (King's) Dragoon Guards: 2 officers & 24 other ranks.

17th (Duke of Cambridge's Own) Lancers: 24 officers (including attached personnel) & 285 other-ranks.

'N' Battery, 5th Brigade, Royal Artillery &
'N' Battery, 6th Brigade, R.A.: 8 officers & 140 other-ranks from both batteries.

2nd Battalion, 21st Regiment: 12 officers (including one attached) & 203 other-ranks.

58th Regiment:17 officers & 407 other-ranks.

94th Regiment: 17 officers & 616 other-ranks.

2nd Regiment, Natal Native Contingent: 405 all ranks.

Shepstone's Native Horse: 119 all ranks.

No. 3 Troop, Natal Horse: 12 other-ranks.

Army Medical Dept.: 13 officers (including volunteers).

Army Hospital Corps: 1 officer, 21 other-ranks & 91 bearers.

Army Chaplains' Dept.: 2 (including one voulnteer.)

10th Battery, 7th Brigade, R.A. & 11th Battery, 7th Brigade, R.A.: 5 officers & 80 other-ranks from both batteries.

5th(Field) Company, Royal Engineers: 5 officers (including one attached) & 62 other-ranks (including attached.)

1st/13th Light Infantry: 21 officers & 587 other-ranks.

80th Regiment: 11 officers & 357 other-ranks.

90th Light Infantry: 19 officers & 688 other-ranks.

Wood's Irregulars: 337 all ranks.

Natal Native Pioneers: 51 all ranks.

1st Squadron, Mounted Infantry: 4 officers & 64 other-ranks.

Transvaal Rangers: 5 officers & 62 other-ranks.

Frontier Light Horse: 10 officers & 96 other-ranks.

Baker's Horse: 6 officers & 86 other-ranks.

Natal Light Horse: 3 officers & 54 other-ranks.

Edendale Troop: 3 officers & 89 other-ranks.

NB I have not included General Officer Commanding's Staff, or the Staff of 2nd Division or the Flying Column.

Hope that answers one part of your question.

John Y.