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Auction: 18002 - Orders, Decorations and Medals
Lot: 218

(x) The 6th (Royal Warwickshire) Regiment

The Regiment, comprising 244 officers and men at the outbreak of the Third War, provided most of the infantry for the force which moved out of Fort Cox to try and capture Chief Sandili on 24 December 1850. The column came under heavy attack in the Boomah Pass, ten men being killed and five wounded, before the remainder fought their way through to Keiskamma Hoek.

The Regiment particularly distinguished itself on 9 December 1851, by storming an enemy strong point with the bayonet; the round of minor raids and skirmishing continued until the last of the chiefs submitted in 1853 and the Warwicks could justifiably claim that no regiment had been more heavily employed during the war.

According to one eye-witness, their appearance bore witness to much hard service. They had 'long beards; red coats patched with leather, canvas and cloth of all colours; straw hats, wideawakes and tattered trousers while their broken boots revealed stocking-less feet.'

South Africa 1834-53 (S. Mc. Cauley. 6th. Regt.), suspension slack, heavily polished, contact marks and edge bruising, fair to fine

Samuel McCauley served in the Second and Third Wars.

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