My interest is in trying to chronolog the activities of the Naval Brigade during the Zulu War. Contemporary accounts such as diaries, letters and autobiographies would be of the most interest.
The Naval Brigade played a very active part in the Zulu War, but little is written of them in most accounts of the war. Those of the Active and those of the Tenedos were the first to serve. Stationed at the lower Tugela, they built the pont and transported Number One Column across the river. The men of the Active were part of the Number One Column while the men of the Tenedos manned the fort on the Zulu side of the river. After the battle of Isandlwana the Shah and the Boadicea landed additonal men for the Naval Brigade, and were part of General Chelmsford's column that relieved Pearson's column which had been cut off at Fort Ekowe. The sailors and marines of the Naval Brigade were so well thought of that Chelmsford had them man the corners of the square at Gingindlovu.
The Naval Brigade was represented at Isandlwana, Inyezane, Ekowe, Gingindlovu and Ulundi.
Glad that I was able to spark an interest in a different side of the Zulu War.