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Auction: 18002 - Orders, Decorations and Medals
Lot: 297

(x) Natal Mounted Police

Raised by Major Dartnell in 1874, the N.M.P. was never given the same opportunities as the Frontier Armed and Mounted Police, later Cape Mounted Riflemen, and the unit always had difficulty in trying to obtain proper arms and equipment. Nonetheless, it always attracted a 'very good class of recruit', and in 1877, when Shepstone annexed the Transvaal, a 25-strong N.M.P. contingent acted as his sole escort. Moreover, of those men who served in the Zulu War of 1879, over 30 of them lost their lives at Isandhlwana.

256 Medals were awarded to the Natal Mounted Police, 167 of them with the '1879' clasp.

South Africa 1877-79, 1 clasp, 1879 (Tr. R. Richardson. Natal Md. Police.), scratch across cheek of Queen's bust, minor edge nicks, very fine and toned

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