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24 Jan 2019 16:30 GMT

[Stalker (Rev. J.) Editor]


The History of the Regiment from its Foundation, 15th January, 1855 to 30th June, 1911.

Published: P. Davis & Sons, Pietermaritzburg & Durban, 1912

Edition: First Edition

Reserve: $250


Estimate: $300/400

Bidding opens: 24 Jan 16:30 GMT

Bidding closes: 31 Jan 16:30 GMT

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384 pages, frontispiece portrait of Lord Kitchener, Honorary Colonel of the Regiment, numerous plates, light foxing throughout, starting to wear at the hinge on the title page, original blue cloth titled gilt with the crest of the regiment on the upper cover and on the spine, simply repaired with matching cloth on the back cover, new back endpapers, worn at the edges of the covers and along the spine, the bottom corner of the upper cover has broken off, a good copy.

Signed on the front pastedown endpaper by F.E. Foxon Lt. Col NC and dated 29.12.12. There is a photograph of him on page 304, and he is mentioned as an officer - Captain F.E. Foxon - in the Muster roll of the Natal Carbineers, Boer War 1899 - 1902 page 377.

In an article: A very brilliant operation: The Natal Voluteer attack on Gun Hill 7 - 8 December 1899 there is a reference to  F E Foxon (magistrate, Ixopo) Military History Journal Vol 14 No 6 - December 2009

South Africa 1879 The Regiment was formed in January 1855. The Natal Carbineers participated in the invasion of Zululand in January 1879 and, on 22 January, 23 members of the Regiment perished in the famous battle at Isandhlwana. The unit was subsequently relegated to garrison duties at Landman's Drift on the Mzinyathi/Buffalo River.

South Africa 1899-1902 In September 1899, the Natal Carbineers was mobilised for active service in the British campaign to subdue the Boer Republics of the Transvaal and Orange Free State. The Regiment served until October 1900, when the Natal Volunteer Forces were demobilised. Some men continued their service in the Volunteer Composite Regiment until the end of the War in May 1902.

Defence of Ladysmith From 2 November 1899 until 28 February 1900, the bulk of the Natal Carbineers was besieged in Ladysmith, and played a prominent part in that famous siege. The most prominent military action. was the attack by Colonial Forces on the Boer artillery emplacement at Gun Hill on the night of 7/8 December 1899. The Regiment lost men heavily from the diseases that ravaged the garrison.

Relief of Ladysmith A solitary squadron of the Natal Carbineers, the Estcourt Weenen Squadron, avoided the siege of Ladysmith and, instead, participated in the relief operations of Sir Redvers Buller. This squadron's most notable military action of this period was the disastrous battle of Colenso on 15 December 1899, when four men were killed. These were the most serious losses for anyone action during the Anglo-Boer War (1899-1902).

Natal 1906 The Natal Carbineers saw extensive service in the Natal (or Bambatha) Uprising of 1906. From February to July 1906, the Regiment participated in the numerous sweeps and drives through the mountainous terrain of Zululand, as the Natal Colonial forces sought to trap and destroy the elusive rebel warriors. The Carbineers were present at the decisive battle at Mhome Gorge on 10 June, where the back of the uprising was broken. Military History Journal vol.13 no 3

  • Overall Condition: A Good Copy
  • Size: 8vo (250 x 160 mm)

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