Anglo-Zulu War

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The Anglo-Zulu War was fought in 1879 between the British Empire and the Zulu Kingdom.wikipedia
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List of Irish Victoria Cross recipients

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Henry Bayard Rich

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As a soldier, he saw active service in three campaigns: the Perak Expedition of 1875–76, the Zulu War of 1879 and the Egyptian Expedition of 1882.

Leeds Rifles

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Officers from the Leeds Rifles apparently served in Captain Watt Whalley's Natal Light Horse in the Anglo-Zulu War.

Baker Russell

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General Sir Baker Creed Russell (11 January 1837 – 25 November 1911) was an Australian-born British Army officer who served with distinction in the Indian Mutiny, Anglo-Ashanti War, Anglo-Zulu War and Egyptian War.

Digby Willoughby (adventurer)

Digby Willoughby
In the Anglo-Zulu War of 1879 he fought with the Natal African troops, and was in command of their mounted corps.

She: A History of Adventure

Shenovel of the same nameAyesha
However, Boer resistance to British rule and the resulting Anglo-Zulu war caused the imperial government in London to withdraw from pursuing British sovereignty over the South African interior.

Natal Native Contingent

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The Contingent saw action during the 1879 Anglo-Zulu War.

Leo, the Royal Cadet

Leo the Royal Cadet
The work centres on Nellie's love for Leo, a cadet at the Royal Military College of Canada who becomes a hero serving during the Anglo-Zulu War in 1879 between the British Empire and the Zulu Empire.

George Smith (chaplain)

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'Padre' George Smith (8 January 1845 – 26/27 November 1918), Army Chaplain, was a defender of Rorke's Drift during the Zulu War of 1879, an action which saw the winning of eleven Victoria Crosses.

Frederick Richards

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He commanded a paddle-sloop during the Second Opium War in 1860 and, as senior officer on the Cape of Good Hope and West Coast of Africa Station, he landed on the coast of East Africa with a small naval brigade which he led at the Battle of Gingindlovu and the Siege of Eshowe in April 1879 during the Anglo–Zulu War.

Henry Curling

He fought in the Anglo-Zulu war and during the Battle of Isandlwana was one of only a few British officers to survive; in fact he was the only British front line survivor.

Horace Smith-Dorrien

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He was present at the Battle of Isandlwana during the Anglo-Zulu War on 22 January 1879, serving with the British invasion force as a transport officer for a detachment of Royal Artillery.

Lord Charles Beresford

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William joined the 9th Lancers, was awarded the VC in the Anglo-Zulu War and became military secretary to several viceroys of India.


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Volage-class corvette

Active served as the commodore's ship on the Cape of Good Hope and West Africa Station and her crew served ashore in both the Third Anglo-Ashanti and Zulu Wars.

Thomas Snow (British Army officer)

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Snow obtained a commission in the 13th Regiment of Foot in 1879, taking part in the Anglo-Zulu War in South Africa the same year.


After the breakup of the Zulu Kingdom after the Anglo-Zulu War, Sir Garnet Wolseley created 13 'kinglets' - with two strategically located as buffer zones between Port Natal and Zululand.

Royal baccarat scandal

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At the time of the events at the country home Tranby Croft, Yorkshire, Sir William Gordon-Cumming was a 42-year-old lieutenant-colonel in the Scots Guards, having seen service in South Africa (1879), Egypt (1882) and Sudan (1884–85).

David Niven

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Niven's maternal grandfather, William Degacher, was killed in the Battle of Isandlwana (1879), during the Zulu War.

Alexander Thorneycroft

He was commissioned a second lieutenant in the Royal Scots Fusiliers on 22 February 1879, and served in the Anglo-Zulu War later the same year, followed by the operations against Sekukuni.

John Chard

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He was involved with the construction of naval fortifications in Bermuda and Malta before he was deployed to southern Africa at the start of the Anglo-Zulu War.