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Lieut. Col. Tremlett’s battery served with the Field Force through the whole of the war a heavy share of arduous and important d uty falling to its lo t. The HQ were with Wood’s Column throughout its various operations,including the action at the Zunguin Nek on the 24th Jan.; the battle of Khambula, on the 19th March; and the battle of Ulundi, on the 4th July - a detachment being also present at the action on Hlobane on the 28th March,and two men of the battery at the battle of Gingindlovu on the 2nd April; while another division of the battery,under Lieut. Wilford Lloyd, served with Pearson ’s Column fro m the date of its formation till the relief of Eshowe - being present at the battle of Nyezane on the 22nd Jan., and throughout the subsequent blockade of the post; and afterwards taking part in the operations of Crealock’s Div. Major Russell, of the battery, was killed when in command of a rocket d etachment at Isandlwana on the 22nd Jan.
SERVICES OF OFFICERS OF No. 11 BATTERY, 7TH BRIGADE. Bt. Lieut. Colonel. Tremlett, E.G. Commanded the R.A. of Wood’s Column throughout the war, including the action of the Zunguin Nek, and the battles of Hlobane, Khambula, and Ulundi. (Repeatedly mentioned in despatches; Brevet of Lieut. Col.)
Bt. Major. Browne, H.R.V. Proceeded to So uth Africa, vice Major Russell, killed; joined the battery with a draft at Khambula Camp, and took part in Wood’s advance on Ulundi. On the break-up of the Flying Column,returned with the b attery to Durban. (Mentioned in d espatch es; Brevet of Major.)
Captain. Bigge, A.J. Served in the battery with Wood’s Column. Was present at the action on the Zunguin Nek, the action on the Lower Hlobane, and the battle o f Khambula. (Mentioned in despatches.) Lieutenant. Slade, F.G. Served in the battery with Wood’s Column throughout. Was present at the action on the Zunguin Nek, that battle of Khambula (mentioned in despatches), and the battle of Ulundi. After the conclusion of the war accompanied H.I.M. the Empress Eugénie in her journey to Zululand. Lieutenant Lloyd, W.N. Served in the battery throughout the war. Was in command of the R.A. of Pearson’s Column, being present at the battle of Nyezane (mentio ned in despatches) and the occupatio n of Eshowe (mentioned in despatches). Served throughout the subsequent ad vance of Crealock’s Div. (mentioned in despatches).
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Subject: Re: No. 11 BATTERY, 7 TH BRIGADE. Sat Jun 10, 2017 4:20 pm
Does anyone know when 11/7 Battery arrived in South Africa and when its tour of duty ended?
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Subject: Re: No. 11 BATTERY, 7 TH BRIGADE. Sat Jun 10, 2017 8:15 pm
At the outbreak of war
The artillery available consisted of: N/5 Battery - Six 7 pr 200 lb Rifled Muzzle Loading (RML) guns on Colonial or Kaffraria carriages. Two rocket troughs.
This field battery arrived in the Cape Colony in 1878, and took part in the closing stages of the war against Sandili. The battery then marched to Pietermaritzburg with a column under Col E. Wood VC. Field batteries were normally equipped with 9 prs at this time, but this battery had 7 prs. These were thought to be more mobile and better suited to South African conditions. N/5 only appears to have had two rocket troughs. Rockets are not always mentioned in contemporary accounts when the armament of batteries is detailed, so they will only be mentioned below where accounts of the war have specifically mentioned their presence. 11/7 Battery - Six 7 pr 200 lb RMLs, mule drawn. Three rocket troughs. Garrison batteries manned coast defence, heavy and siege guns, and, at the other extreme, mountain guns. Some batteries were deployed in such stations as Gibraltar, Hong Kong and the Cape in a coast defence role. 11/7 Battery had a field role and was stationed in Natal. The 7 prs were probably on mountain carriages but there is no specific evidence on this point.
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Subject: Re: No. 11 BATTERY, 7 TH BRIGADE. Sat Jun 10, 2017 8:31 pm
Following doesn't answer your question directly. N5 arrived in January 1878 (Maj. Gen. Dalton RA Journal) . Many officers and men of 11/7 received the 77/78 bar for action against the Galekas (medal roll) as well as the Zulus in '79, so it seems likely they arrived at the same time as N5.
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Subject: Re: No. 11 BATTERY, 7 TH BRIGADE. Sat Jun 10, 2017 8:33 pm
rusteze/Xhosa I don't believe they did arrive at the same time as N/5. I think they were there much earlier than Jan '78. I just can't seem to find out exactly when!