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Auction: 18002 - Orders, Decorations and Medals
Lot: 285

(x) Frontier Light Horse

Raised by Lieutenant F. Carrington at King Williams Town, Cape Colony, in 1877. Command soon passed to Major Redvers Buller, K.R.R.C., under whom the F.L.H. served in the final stages of the Ninth War, suffering casualties. In July 1878, the unit, 276 of all ranks, marched from King Williams Town to Pietermaritzburg in Natal, and from there to Sekukuniland in the Transvaal. During September and October the corps saw service against the Sekukini, and in November returned to Natal and fought through the Zulu War of 1879 with Wood's Column.

At Hlobane on 28 March 1879, the F.L.H. acted as the rear-guard during the withdrawal and subsequently lost nearly 20% of the 156 all ranks engaged. Their Commanding Officer was killed and was succeeded by Captain C. D'Arcy, who on reconnaissance with Sergeant O'Toole would both go on to win the Victoria Cross. The unit was armed with Martini-Henry carbines with a short sword bayonet.

478 Medals were awarded to the Frontier Light Horse, 83 of them with the '1877-8-9' clasp.

South Africa 1877-79, 1 clasp, 1877-8-9 (34. Tpr. H. R. Jones. Frontr. L. Horse.), good very fine

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