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PostSubject: Officers Of The Royal Marines Battalion 1879   Sat Jan 22, 2011 11:51 pm

Officers who served in the Battalion of Royal Marines sent to South Africa for special service in the Zulu War, 1879:

(Transported on HMS Jumna)

Royal Marine Light Infantry


Lieutenant Colonel Robert William Bland Hunt, Commanding Officer
Lieutenant Colonel Geofrey Mairis, Second in Command
Captain Gerald Altham Heseltine
Captain Henry Ainslie Alfred Turner
Lieutenant Frederick Morton Eden
Lieutenant Robert Brooke Kirchhoffer, Quartermaster
Lieutenant John Frederick Luxmoore, Adjutant
Lieutenant Henry Byron Woods
Lieutenant Charles George Parlby Ward
Lieutenant Grey Skipworth
Lieutenant Edwin Loftus McCausland
Lieutenant Richard James Parkinson
Lieutenant Francis Garnett Atkinson
Lieutenant Arthur Hatton


Lieutenant Colonel James Stirling Mould
Major Charles Bulkeley Nurse
Major Albert Henry Ozzard
Captain Henry Fuller
Captain William Taylor Miller, Paymaster
Captain Edward Nicoll William Holbrook
Captain Francis Mordaunt Shaird
Captain Robert Alexander Douglas Ramsay
Lieutenant Robert Walker Heathcote
Lieutenant John Charles Wardell
Lieutenant Charles Dashwood Fowler
Lieutenant Charles Wellesley Parish
3 Staff Sergeants
10 Sergeants
204 rank and file


Major Frederick Ley,
Captain George Stevens Nash
Captain John Alfred Sweny
Captain Osborn Tracy
Lieutenant John Richmond Jekyll
Lieutenant Howard Stanley Thompson
Lieutenant Walter Quentin
Lieutenant George Arthur Gott
Lieutenant Herbert Cecil Money
Lieutenant Charles Howard Edge
2 Colour Sergeants
8 Sergeants
201 rank and file

Royal Marine Artillery

Major Henry Brasnell Tuson
Captain Samuel Hamilton Bunce Northcote
Captain Vivian Dalton Mathias
Lieutenant Augustus Simeon LeQuesne
Lieutenant Robert Homfray Alexander
Lieutenant George Dalhousie Raitt
Lieutenant William Charles Nicholls, Adjutant and Paymaster
Lieutenant Leonard Thales Pease
More than 200 Officers, Non-commissioned Officers and men

None of the above arrived in time to participate in the Zulu War and therefore are not entitled to the medal with or without clasp.

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PostSubject: Re: Officers Of The Royal Marines Battalion 1879   Sun Jan 23, 2011 4:26 pm

Hi Petty Officer Tom

Many thanks for posting the above list. This will help others as we do find thier name claiming that they took part in the Zulu War of 1879.
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PostSubject: Re: Officers Of The Royal Marines Battalion 1879   Sat Feb 05, 2011 4:22 pm

The following Naval Officers were attached to the Battalion of Royal Marines:

Surgeon Henry Thompson Cox
Fleet Surgeon Timotheus John Haran
Surgeon George Bell Murray
Chaplain/Naval Instructor William Edmund Smith

All of these would have been "seconded" to HMS Boadicea and carried on logs had they made it to Natal.

As with the Marines, none of these men were entitled to the medal for the Zulu War.

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PostSubject: Re: Officers Of The Royal Marines Battalion 1879   Thu Jan 18, 2018 9:46 pm

Could not resist this extract from the Letter Book of the Royal Marines Battalion. It is from the Commanding Officer Lt Col R W Bland Hunt to Captain Parsons the Commander of HMS Jumna at Simonstown. The content speaks for itself but I suggest he had his priorities well sorted!
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PostSubject: Officers Of The Royal Marines Btn 1879    Thu Jan 18, 2018 11:10 pm

Steve ...I like the cut of their Jib ! Salute Salute Salute
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PostSubject: Re: Officers Of The Royal Marines Battalion 1879   Sun Jan 28, 2018 8:10 am

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