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Rededication Rorke's Drift Defender William Wilcox. 8th May 2011 Dolton Devon.
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PostSubject: Life in camp   Fri Jun 28, 2013 3:45 pm

Can anyone tell me what life was like in a soldier's camp? Did they eat at their tents or were tables set up? what was a typical day like when they weren't fighting? What time did they get up and go to bed? How did they wash, shave, keep their uniforms clean etc
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PostSubject: Re: Life in camp   Fri Jun 28, 2013 3:50 pm

Curling gives some information on this in the book below.
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Most ate in their tents or in the open if the weather was nice.
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PostSubject: Re: Life in camp   Fri Jun 28, 2013 9:38 pm

I have just finished reading Zulu Rising by Ian Knight - an epic read btw. He sets out the scenes really well and it is mainly all based on contemporary first hand accounts.
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PostSubject: Life in camp    Sat Jun 29, 2013 4:00 am

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Hi Horsefixer .
This will no doubt answer most of your questions and its well priced as well .

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PostSubject: Re: Life in camp   Sat Jun 29, 2013 5:17 pm

horsefixer,

For an idea of how camp life looked:

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Note the soldier underneath the wagon.

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PostSubject: Re: Life in camp   Sun Jun 30, 2013 9:45 pm

Some idea of camp life. In a bell tent!
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PostSubject: Re: Life in camp   Sun Jun 30, 2013 10:29 pm

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PostSubject: Life In Camp   Sun Jun 30, 2013 11:28 pm

Hi Horsefixer.
From memory after Isandlwana , I dont think the Troops with Chelmesford had the use of tents , they weren't taken on the second invasion , happy to be corrected .
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PostSubject: Re: Life in camp   Sun Jun 30, 2013 11:41 pm

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Couple of chaps cooking, left hand side of image!
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PostSubject: Re: Life in camp   Mon Jul 01, 2013 7:24 pm

The wagon park at Fort Chelmsford, 1879:

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