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Auction: 18002 - Orders, Decorations and Medals
Lot: 223

(x) The 45th (Nottinghamshire) Regiment

The Regiment saw active service on the frontier and was part of the force under Captain Hogg of the 7th Dragoon Guards who moved against chiefs Mapona and Mapaisa in a three -day operation that captured over 3000 cattle and killed several of the enemy. In January 1847 the 45th helped to destroy Chief Foto's kraal, but as 'British Kaffaria' began to boil over once more in 1850, the Regiment would face a sterner test; on 20 December a Corporal and three men were sent out to escort some sheep, but when they did not return 12 more men of the 45th were ordered out to look for them. All were massacred. At this time Sir Harry Smith was blockaded at Fort Cox, and when Somerset with men from the 45th attempted to relieve him, they were driven back to Fort Hare with the loss of 20 killed and 15 wounded. After a good deal of skirmishing and hard marching the district was eventually subdued.

South Africa 1834-53 (Serjt. G. Hallett. 45th. Regt.), very fine

George Hallett served with the Reserve Battalion during the war of 1846-7 and during the Third War.

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