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PostSubject: S.SMITH Buffalo Border Guard   S.SMITH  Buffalo Border Guard EmptyWed Jul 27, 2011 11:21 pm

1879 Zulu War Medal. Named to S.SMITH he was a member of the Buffalo Border Guard. This was the home defence unit for the town of Dundee in Northern Natal. They were only some 20(25kms) miles from the battle site and small in numbers. Their full strength was only 30 or, 32 men and out of these only 24 received the 1879 bar - showing that they were present for the fighting. The others were guards in Dundee. They were an irregular cavalry unit and wore a black uniform with the pith helmet of the time. Trooper Smith is shown on the roll.

They were present at Isandhlawana on the 21st. and the small Force was split - about 10 remaining at the battle site and the others accompanying Gen. Chelmsford and his scouting group as far as the Mangeni Falls - about 20 kms. (15 miles) across the plain. During the Battle three members of the Buffalo Border Guard were killed.

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PostSubject: Re: S.SMITH Buffalo Border Guard   S.SMITH  Buffalo Border Guard EmptyThu Jul 28, 2011 7:53 am

Since acquiring Trooper Smith's medal a few months ago, I have tried, largely unsuccessfully, to find out more about the man. The 'Natal Almanac and Register' of 1879 records him as:
"Smith, Sianey, wagonmaker, Longfontein, Helpmekaar".

"Sianey" is likely to be an incorrect spelling. In Terry Sole's recently published book on Colonials in the Zulu War, Smith is recorded as "Stanley". However, there is another opinion that has his forename as "Sydney".

Since Smith's medal surfaced with medals awarded to a 'Guttridge' from an extant member of the Guttridge family, there was clearly a strong link between the two families. The 1879 Natal Almanac includes the following listing:
"Gutridge (sic), Benjamin, blacksmith, Longfontein, Helpmekaar".

I have assumed that Stanley (or Sydney) Smith and Benjamin Guttridge were business partners, perhaps with offspring who intermarried, hence the later ownership of Smith's medal by a Guttridge descendent.

A nominal roll of the Buffalo Border Guard on another forum listed the following Guttridges:
Sergeant Jack Guttridge and Trooper Benjamin Guttridge

Sole's book gives the forenames of both these men as "John", with the Trooper John (or is it Benjamin?) as the man killed during the Battle of Isandlwana.

I would be interested in knowing if anyone reading this post can shed more light on the Smiths and Guttridges of the Buffalo Border Guard.

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Brett

PS My interest in the Buffalo Border Guard stems from the fact that a distant relative, Trooper Charles Lennox Stretch, was an Isandlwana survivor. I mention this here because Sole has recorded this man as "Charles St Leger Stretch". So, there is another difference in forenames.
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PostSubject: S.Smith. Buffalo Border Guard   S.SMITH  Buffalo Border Guard EmptyThu Jul 28, 2011 8:46 am

Hi Brett.
Fairly certain you have Laband's book on the Buffalo Border Guard ? , I'm not sure if he was the sole author , if not
Apologies to whom it may concern . This may help , unfortunately I dont own a copy as yet so not sure if it will help you ?.
cheers 90th. Idea
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PostSubject: Re: S.SMITH Buffalo Border Guard   S.SMITH  Buffalo Border Guard EmptyThu Jul 28, 2011 2:07 pm

90th

Thank you for replying. I think the book you referred to is 'The Buffalo Border' by Laband, Thompson & Henderson, which was published in 1983.

It is a very useful book and it deals in some detail with the more prominent residents of this part of Natal, but lesser personalities such as Trooper Smith do not feature.

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PostSubject: Re: S.SMITH Buffalo Border Guard   S.SMITH  Buffalo Border Guard EmptyFri Jul 03, 2020 11:30 am

Brett
Two points i hope might help:
Sianey is more likely to be Sidney rather than Sydney or Stanley. My father-in-law's middle name was Sidney and in examining his service records i find that several times his name is typed Sianey. D and A are just a key apart from each other on the QWERTY keyboard and it's an easy slip of the finger to make.
In looking at the records I find it tends to be GUTRIDGE with a single t which is most common and most 'official'. The two t version occurs more often in letters and accounts.
Sergt. Gutridge found his brother's body at Isandhlwana on the 22nd and covered it with tent canvas.
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PostSubject: Re: S.SMITH Buffalo Border Guard   S.SMITH  Buffalo Border Guard EmptyFri Jul 03, 2020 2:43 pm

Julian
That is a most useful response! Many thanks. The medal is now in a new home in England, and I will pass your information on to the owner.
Kind regards
Brett
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PostSubject: Re: S.SMITH Buffalo Border Guard   S.SMITH  Buffalo Border Guard EmptyMon Jul 06, 2020 1:48 pm

Brett
It was Trpr. Benjamin Gutridge that was killed. Sergt. Jack Gutridge was out with Chelmsford. His safety was confirmed by MacPhail who met his wife in Dundee.
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