Rather than rivalry, there seemed to be a lot of friendship between the two services. Naval Officers ashore were serving under Army command, and were always offering whatever assistance they could.
Surgeon Norbury recorded that on November 24, 1878 as the Naval Brigade was arriving at For Pearson "A few hundred yards to the left was a camp of a detachment of the 2nd Batt., 3rd Regt. (the Buffs) under Capt. Forster. The men turned out as we marched by, and on a soldier calling 'three cheers for the blue jacket,' the men cheered
Captain W. C. F. Molyneux while serving with the Eshowe Relief Column noted that "sailors are the best comrades in rough times; nothing puts them out."
After the war Lord Chelmsford wrote "It is with pride and satisfaction I am able to report that during the whole time I was commanding Her Majesty's forces in South Africa, the Navy and Army worked together with peerfect unamity and that the relations between the two services were always of the most friendly nature."
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