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UNITS OF THE ZULU WAR 1879

UNITS OF THE ZULU WAR 1879

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NATAL HUSSARS

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Formed in 1865 the Natal Hussars were one of eleven mounted volunteer units formed to protect the colony when British regulars were not available. They had to purchase their own horse and uniform but the equipment was government paid for. At the start of the war they numbered forty troopers with two elected officers. Despite being formed for the colonies defence they joined Colonel Pearsons column during the Zululand invasion. They were paid 12 shilling a day (60p) to cover their loss of income while on service.

Unusual picture of the Hussars with busbie hats painted on to the picture which they never woreUnusual picture of the Hussars with busbie hats painted on to the picture which they never wore

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