Laing's Nek, Last Time Colours Carried in British Army?

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Laing's Nek, Last Time Colours Carried in British Army?

Postby Atheling » 01 May 2015 11:33

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)?

Please discuss.

Darrell.
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