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PostSubject: Brevet Major W.R.B. Chamberlin   Sun Apr 01, 2012 11:11 am

Would any kind Gentleman have any information on Brevet Major W.R.B.Chamerlin. I Know he served in the Kaffir
war in E company, which my Grandfathers Brother was attached to

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PostSubject: Re: Brevet Major W.R.B. Chamberlin   Sun Apr 01, 2012 11:14 am

"Lieutenant-Colonel William Richard Bigsby Chamberlain was born at Retford, Nottinghamshire in 1839 and entered the Army as an Ensign in 1858. Promoted to Lieutenant in 1859 and to Captain in 1865, he served in the Kaffir War of 1877-8, in which he was injured and received the Brevet of Major. In the Zulu War of 1879, he served as Commandant of Fort Napier at Pietermaritzburg, his earlier injuries preventing him taking a more active role in the Campaign. He was, however, made Brevet Lieutenant-Colonel and retired in the same year"
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PostSubject: Re: Brevet Major W.R.B. Chamberlin   Sun Apr 01, 2012 8:41 pm

1st Column 2nd from the bottom. Would this be the same chap. 24th reg of foot.

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PostSubject: Re: Brevet Major W.R.B. Chamberlin   Sun Apr 01, 2012 8:51 pm

2nd Column. In list of names. Under mentioned to become majors

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PostSubject: Re: Brevet Major W.R.B. Chamberlin   Sun Apr 01, 2012 8:59 pm

1st Column 3rd name down.
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PostSubject: Brvt - Major , W.R.B. Chamberlain .   Sun Apr 01, 2012 11:28 pm

Hi all .
It seems to be the same chap , ' The Noble 24th ' by Norman Holme has one of his middle names as Richard , whereas the army list has it as Richardson , a little more detail concerning Ctsg's posting ; Born 14 / 10 / 39 , Ensign 1 / 5 / 58 , Lt 21 / 10/ 59 ,
Capt 16 / 5 / 65 , Brvt - Maj 1 /10 / 77 , Brvt Lt - Col 18 /10 / 79 , Retired 23 / 10 / 79. He remained as Commandant at Ft. Napier.
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PostSubject: Re: Brevet Major W.R.B. Chamberlin   Mon Apr 02, 2012 12:17 am

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It was presumed he was chopped with the rest at Isandlwana.
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PostSubject: Re: Brevet Major W.R.B. Chamberlin   Mon Apr 02, 2012 7:02 am

Littlehand
If that report is reffering to a list of killed its like most of the other newspaper reports, absolute rubbish. Look at the supposed killed names? Symonds, Rainforth etc. If the report is merely saying they were there its still rubbish.

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PostSubject: Re: Brevet Major W.R.B. Chamberlin   Mon Apr 02, 2012 9:34 am

This artical has been posted before. I think it was Liitlehand who posted it showing how wrong they got it. But it could also show,that no one really knew who was where.
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