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Auction: 18002 - Orders, Decorations and Medals
Lot: 237

(x) The Cape Mounted Rifles

Designated as such from 1828, the C.M.R. grew out of a corps of Hottentot scouts employed to assist in policing the frontier. The men were horsed, armed, equipped and subsisted, but not paid. Principally used for skirmishing and scouting, C.M.R. companies armed with short double-barrelled carbines were ideal for close fighting whether on horseback or afoot.

South Africa 1834-53 (Lieut. C. E. Phillpotts, Cape Md. Rifles.), suspension claw re-affixed, good very fine

Charles Edward Phillpots was appointed an Ensign in the Cape Mounted Rifles in February 1844. Having then witnessed active service in South Africa during the Second War (Medal), he appears to have resigned his commission as a Lieutenant in about 1853.

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