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Auction: 18002 - Orders, Decorations and Medals
Lot: 256

(x) The 94th Regiment

The 94th Regiment was stationed at Aldershot when a sudden order was received on 12 February 1879, directing it to Natal. All officers and men were recalled at once, with a further 350 volunteers joining to bring the Regiment to war strength. The men embarked from Southampton aboard the S.S. China and arrived at Durban on 2 April.

Forming part of Newdigate's Division, the 94th formed at advance post at Conference Hill, where they built two forts and a stone laager under the direction of officers from the Royal Engineers.

At the battle of Ulundi, the 94th was the only regiment in Newdigate's Division that had six companies present; in the engagement, two of its men were killed and one officer and eighteen men were wounded. Following Ulundi, the Regiment retired to Entonjaneni and subsequently assisted in disarming the Zulus and dismantling Sekukini's stronghold. It also bore the grim duty of burying those who fell at the Zlobane on 28 March.

992 Medals were issued to the 94th Regiment, 948 of them with the '1879' clasp.

South Africa 1877-79, 1 clasp, 1879 (2367. Pte. J. McCormack. 94th. Foot.), with additional tailor's clasp, 'Standerton', above which has been affixed a silver plaque and crown, engraved 'Boer War, 1880-1, Killed, Bronker's Spruit, Pte. J. McCormack, 94th Foot,' the letter 'e' of 'Boer' with an overlapping 'a', good very fine

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