This statement from the LAF forum:
Colours were carried during the Transvaal War. I believe the last time they were carried into action was at Laing's Nek in 1881. It was the effect of modern rifle fire on a colour party (picking up the colours at Laing's Nek was virtually a death sentence) that influenced the decision to end the practice, rather than the loss of colours to Zulus or Afghans previously (losing colours to the enemy was nothing new).
I was wondering just how accurate this is as the chap who made the statement is very knowledgeable but I wanted to check with you guys.
How true is this statement (as a whole)?