Then there were the irregulars: Imperial mounted units raised in South Africa, such as Raaff's Horse (also known as the Transvaal Rangers), largely recruited in Kimberley. Not in the same category as any of the above, the Natal Mounted Police (later called the Natal Police) was a permanent force which had existed since 1874. 26 of its members were killed in action at Isandhlwana and of the 3 who happened to be at Rorke's Drift on 22/23 January 1879, 2 survived (Troopers Lugg and Green).
For a detailed list of Colonial units taking part in the Zulu War see http://samilitaryhistory.org/vol045sm.html
The Colonial mounted volunteers made up somewhat for the dearth of British cavalry in the early phase of the war. Though they played a valuable role, Colonial troops were not highly thought of by British Army regulars.
More on the Colonials in the next post.
|Anglo-Zulu War Memorial, Pietermaritzburg, Natal|