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PostSubject: Cape Infantry circa 1883   Tue Aug 01, 2017 9:48 am

In another post I mentioned WJ Montgomery who served with the 1/13th against Sekhukhune and at Khambula and Ulundi. This worthy took his discharge on 13 May 1882 and joined the ranks of the Cape Infantry.

"Does anyone know anything about the "Cape Infantry" at this period? I have done a google search and there is little to no information on them at all.

Any assistance would be appreciated.

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PostSubject: Re: Cape Infantry circa 1883   Tue Aug 01, 2017 10:20 am

Cape Town Rifles (Dukes)

Formed as a volunteer corps in 1855. Served in the 9th Frontier War (1877–78), the Transkei (1879), and the Basutoland Gun War (1880–81). Served in the Bechuanaland Campaign (1897). Served in the Anglo-Boer War (1899-1902). Awarded a King's Colour in 1904. Embodied in the Citizen Force of the Union Defence Forces in 1913. In World War I, served in the German South West Africa Campaign (1915). The Earl of Athlone was colonel-in-chief 1930-57. In World War II, served in the East Africa Campaign (1940–41), the North Africa Campaign (1941–42), and the Italy Campaign (1945). Granted the Freedom of the City of Cape Town in 1967. Served in the Border War (1977–89), and the State of Emergency (1985–90).[1][2]
Cape Town Highlanders[edit]

Main article: Cape Town Highlanders Regiment

Formed as a volunteer corps in 1885. Served in the Bechuanaland Campaign (1897). Served in the Anglo-Boer War (1899-1902). Awarded a King's Colour in 1904. The Duke of Connaught was colonel-in-chief 1908-42. Embodied in the Citizen Force of the Union Defence Forces in 1913. In World War I, served in the German South West Africa Campaign (1915). In World War II, served in the North Africa Campaign (1941–43) and the Italy Campaign (1944–45). Queen Elizabeth the Queen Mother was colonel-in-chief 1948-61. Granted the Freedom of the City of Cape Town in 1967. Served in the Angola Campaign (1976), the Border War (1977-89), and the State of Emergency (1985–90).[3][5]
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PostSubject: Re: Cape Infantry circa 1883   Tue Aug 01, 2017 10:23 am

Thanks Frank but were the Cape Town Rifles the same outfit as the Cape Infantry?

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PostSubject: Re: Cape Infantry circa 1883   Tue Aug 01, 2017 11:15 am

A bit more searching nd I found this
Document 5 of 29
DEPOT KAB
SOURCE GH
TYPE LEER
VOLUME_NO 1/418
SYSTEM 00
REFERENCE 85
PART 1
DESCRIPTION PAPERS RECEIVED FROM SECRETARY OF STATE, LONDON: GENERAL
DESPATCHES.REDUCED POSTAGE AS REGARDS CAPE FIELD ARTILLERY AND CAPE
INFANTRY.
STARTING 1882
ENDING 1882
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PostSubject: Re: Cape Infantry circa 1883   Tue Aug 01, 2017 11:19 am

I wonder if he fought in Egypt?
Document 9 of 29
DEPOT KAB
SOURCE GH
TYPE LEER
VOLUME_NO 23/38
SYSTEM 01
REFERENCE 177
PART 1
DESCRIPTION GENERAL DESPATCHES. FORWARDING CAPE INFANTRY CLAIMS TO WAR MEDALS
FOR EGYPT.
STARTING 18830000
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PostSubject: Re: Cape Infantry circa 1883   Tue Aug 01, 2017 11:22 am

Cam Simpson is probably the best forum member to chat to. Hes just completed a book on the volunteer forces, a wealth of information. Hes not in Cape Town at the moment so I cant phone him but drop him a pm or e mail.
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PostSubject: Re: Cape Infantry circa 1883   Tue Aug 01, 2017 2:06 pm

I got this reply back from Cam

Cam wrote:
Yep I've got records of them. They were raised from imperial reserves in 83 and were disbanded in 86. Only a few colonials served in the ranks but almost all the officers had colonial service. They were raised for service in the Transkei and one Detachment at Kimberly. A lot of them went to the CMR when the CIR disbanded. Wools-sampson was one of the officers. There was a lot of Afghanistan veterans in the ranks actually having been recruited in London.

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PostSubject: Re: Cape Infantry circa 1883   Tue Aug 01, 2017 3:13 pm

I'm the first on the list to buy the book when it comes out. Ive already seen the content, the Colonial equivalent to The Nobel 24th and Englands sons.

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PostSubject: Cape Infantry C 1883    Thu Aug 03, 2017 3:08 am

Hi Frank
I'll be placing myself on that list as well , as will a few more I expect ? Very Happy You need to study mo You need to study mo You need to study mo You need to study mo
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PostSubject: Re: Cape Infantry circa 1883   Thu Aug 03, 2017 8:36 am

Well worth it Gary. I had lunch with Cam a couple of weeks ago and was fortunate to be given a look at the master copy. its very extensive.
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PostSubject: Cape Infantry C 1883    Thu Aug 03, 2017 11:16 am

That's great , looking forward to another book on the Colonial Forces from the AZW .
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