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PostSubject: Colonel Harness any information.   Sun Mar 27, 2011 12:02 am

Looking for any information relating to Colonel Harness, But only after the Zulu War. For some reason there doe's not seem to be much on him, that includes this forum. Did he retire after the Zulu War. He's the only one I'm really having problems with. Littlehand maybe this is your cup of tea.. Anything please.
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PostSubject: Re: Colonel Harness any information.   Sun Mar 27, 2011 12:18 am

24th. I have look for Harness before there is limited Infoe on him.
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PostSubject: Re: Colonel Harness any information.   Sun Mar 27, 2011 12:38 pm

Harness' role in the court of inquiry at Helpmekaar a few days after the battle is briefly described on p551-554 of Knight's Zulu Rising. He and his role in this seems to have been roundly criticised, from all sides. Perhaps this compromised his subsequent career and he fell into obscurity afterwards.
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PostSubject: Re: Colonel Harness any information.   Sun Mar 27, 2011 2:17 pm

your best bet is "whos who in the zulu war vol 1" theres a short biography on him in there and it does include some info about his career after the AZW
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PostSubject: Lt. Colonel Arthur Harness Royal Artillery--Appreciation of Service by Citizens of Worling   Sun Mar 27, 2011 3:50 pm

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"Sir, We your neighbours residing in the little village of Worling, the home of your revered and respected father, desire to express to you and your family our most hearty and sincere congratulations on your safe return from the dangers, privations, and incessant anxieties you and your heroic comrades in arms have experienced for nearly five years in fighting in the war in South Africa, in the progress of which your gallant Corps of Artillery fully maintained the prestige, valor and true courage which is ever characteristic of the British Army. We wish also to express to you the great pleasure we all feel in welcoming you home to receive our humble and sincere thanks, which we in common with all England, owe to you and your gallant Corps for defending our distant colonists from the attacks and tyranny of a cruel and treacherous enemy, whereby a satisfactory conclusion has been attained to a war which has cost our Country so many valuable lives and the result of which we doubt not will under providence tend to the civilization as well as the moral and religious improvements of that distant, important, and at present benighted part of the world. We further hope that by God's blessing you may be spared many years to enjoy in perfect health and happiness the laurels and honours you have nobly won." (citizens' signatures below)
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PostSubject: Re: Colonel Harness any information.   Sun Mar 27, 2011 5:44 pm

Thanks Isandula.
I will have a look at the history of Worling. Did he live there?
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PostSubject: Re: Colonel Harness any information.   Thu Mar 31, 2011 10:32 pm

Hi all,

Far from dropping into obscurity after the Zulu War Major Harness continued in his career ending up as a Major General.

14th October 1879 he embarked for England aboard the 'Edinburgh Castle' Posted to Nether Hallam Barracks in Sheffield.

London Gazette November 28th 1879: "The Queen has been graciously pleased to give orders for the following promotions and appointments to The Most Honourable Order of the Bath: To be Ordinary Members of the Military Division of the Second Class or Knights Commanders of the said Most Honourable Order: Lt Colonel Arthur Harness. Royal Artillery. (awarded the C.B.)

London Gazette December 30th 1881: Royal Military Academy, Major and Brevet Lt Colonel Arthur Harness C. B. to be Captain of a Company of Gentlemen Cadets.

1881/82 Arthur and his sister Caroline have a house built at Barton End, Headington. His father, Sir Henry drury Harness then reside at that address.

London Gazette December 19th 1883: The undermentioned Officers of the Royal Artillery to be Colonels: Major and Brevet Lieutenant Colonel Arthur Harness C.B.
dated 11th November 1882.

1883 Sir Henry Drury Harness dies at Bartons End, Headington, Oxforshire.

Arthurs sister Caroline leaves Headington following her fathers death and moves to Woolwich where Arthur is now stationed, the house at Bartons end is then rented out.

London Gazette September 2nd 1884: Royal Military Academy, Major and Colonel Arthur Harness C.B, from Captain of a Company of Gentlemen Cadets to be Secretary and Treasurer

London Gazette July 10th 1885: Major and Colonel Arthur Harness C.B. upon the seconded list with seniority next to and below Lt Col R.C. Drysdale.

London Gazette July 31st 1885: Half pay, Lt Colonel and Colonel Arthur Harness C.B. from the Royal Artillery, to be Colonel.

1886, the house and contents are sold by action at Bartons End Headington.

1887, Caroline, sister of Col. Arthur Harness died in Woolwich aged 56 yrs.

London Gazette Sept 22nd 1891: Royal Military Academy, Lt Colonel and Colonel J.M. Murray from half pay, Royal Artillery, to be assistant commandant and secretary, in succession to Lt Colonel and Colonel A. Harness C.B. whose period of service has expired.

London Gazette June 15th 1897: Major General Arthur Harness C.B. retires on retired pay.

1901 living at 19 Montpellier Villa's Brighton aged 62 years with him are his housekeeper and his cook.

1927 Arthur Harness died in Brighton at the age of 89 years.

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PostSubject: Re: Colonel Harness any information.   Thu Mar 31, 2011 11:27 pm

Invasion of Zululand.Anglo-Zulu War Experiences of Arthur Harness:
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Book Description: The Brenthurst Press, Houghton, 1979. Hardcover. Book Condition: Very Good. Dust Jacket Condition: Very Good. 1st Standard Limited Edition. Brenthurst Press 5.Anglo-Zulu War experiences of Arthur Harness; John Jervis,4th Viscount St Vincent; and Sir Henry Bulwer.Foreword H.F.Oppenheimer.Signed and inscribed to fellow author S Bourquin.Also signature of Cynthis Kemp.Colour forntispiece- 295 pages extensive text with further plates and maps and diagrams.Illustrated endpapers.Feint spots to white blanks before 1/2 title page. and rear blank to illustrated ends.Bright,tight and very clean. Inscribed and Signed Author.

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