He organised for the war the 2nd Regiment Natal Native Contingent, consisting of two Battalions. Served with Pearson’s Column in command of the Regiment during the advance to Eshowe. Taking part in the Battle of Inyezane. (Mentioned in Despatches.)
Major Shapland Graves, 3rd Regiment. During December 1878 he was Commandant of Colonial Defensive District No VI (Durban and Victoria Counties). He took command of the 1st Battalion, 2nd Regiment Natal Native Contingent during the advance of No 1 Column on Eshowe, and was present at Nyezane.
Date of Birth - 5th December 1833
First Appointment - Ensign - 62nd Foot - 28th February 1856
Ensign - 3rd Foot - 25th August 1857
Lieutenant - 3rd Foot - 6th July 1859
Captain - 35th Foot - 1st May 1866
Major - 3rd Foot - 11th October 1876
Lieutenant-Colonel - East Kent Regiment (2nd Battalion) - 1st July 1881
Assistant Military Secretary, West Indies - 31st July 1875 to 10th February1877
Protector of Indian Immigrants, Natal - July 1878 to December 1882
South African War - 1879 - Zulu Campaign - Advance to Etshowe, in command of 2nd Regiment Natal Contingent, engagement of Inyezane. Despatches, London Gazette, 5th March 1879. Medal with Clasp.
See: Pictorial catalogue of AZW graves for grave details