1906 Zulu Rebellion: role of the Durban Light Infantry?

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1906 Zulu Rebellion: role of the Durban Light Infantry?

Postby Mark » 10 Jan 2009 22:41

Hi all

Can anyone enlighten me as to the role played by the Durban Light Infantry during the Zulu Rebellion of 1906?

In particular I would like to know who they were, where they were, what actions they took part in and their approximate strength. Any details as to casualties (if any) would also be on interest.

This question is asked in connection with a Corporal A. B. Atkinson of the Durban Light Infantry who I will be researching in the future.

TIA

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Re: The Durban Light Infntry during the Zulu Rebellion 1906

Postby DavidB » 10 Jan 2009 23:09

I can offer you a few snippets Mark.

Durban Light Infantry - 632 names on the 1906 medal roll (539 with clasp, 93 without)
CO was Lt-Col J.S.Wylie

5 Apr 06 - DLI, UMR* and Artillery, under Col. Leuchars, despatched to Greytown (*Umvoti Mounted Rifles)
5 May 06 - Col. Mansel's force, comprising NP, DLI, NNC, NMR*, and Nonqai attacked near Cetewayo's grave by about 200 natives. Latter repulsed with a loss of 60 killed and many wounded. (*Natal Police, Natal Naval Corps, Natal Mounted Rifles).

Also no casualties that I can see among the DLI.
There were 15 KIA, 7 died on service, and 5 DOW among the forces as a whole
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Re: The Durban Light Infntry during the Zulu Rebellion 1906

Postby Mark » 10 Jan 2009 23:17

Hi amoaful73

Thank you for such a speedy reply - much appreciated.

I have Atkinson's Natal Medal and I have had it now for some time. However I have done little in the way of research on him and the DLI due to ongoing research I am doing on medals to recipients from the Staffordshire regiments.

At least now I have the beginnings of an idea of what my man was doing in 1906.

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Re: The Durban Light Infntry during the Zulu Rebellion 1906

Postby DavidB » 10 Jan 2009 23:26

I should have said, rest assured Atkinson is confirmed on the roll! :D
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Re: The Durban Light Infntry during the Zulu Rebellion 1906

Postby Mark » 10 Jan 2009 23:29

amoaful73 wrote:I should have said, rest assured Atkinson is confirmed on the roll! :D


Cheers :)

It is a lovely medal and in fantastic condition! I have updated my showcase with the information you have provided. The next step will be to see if I can find out anything about Corporal Atkinson as an individual - however I suspect this will not be an easy task!

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Re: The Durban Light Infntry during the Zulu Rebellion 1906

Postby DavidB » 10 Jan 2009 23:33

May be worth checking for a man of the same name in Boer War records perhaps (Kevin Asplin has lots of muster rolls transcribed for local units on his website), or even looking forward in WW1 records?
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Re: The Durban Light Infntry during the Zulu Rebellion 1906

Postby Mark » 10 Jan 2009 23:36

amoaful73 wrote:May be worth checking for a man of the same name in Boer War records perhaps (Kevin Asplin has lots of muster rolls transcribed for local units on his website), or even looking forward in WW1 records?


Yes I think there might be a good chance he served in the Boer War and possibly WW1. I will email Kevin and but in the meantime do you (or anyone) know if the Durban Light Infantry took to the field as a unit during the Boer War? Did it still exist in 1899?

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Re: The Durban Light Infntry during the Zulu Rebellion 1906

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Re: The Durban Light Infntry during the Zulu Rebellion 1906

Postby Mark » 10 Jan 2009 23:49

Interesting web page, cheers for the link.

If it is accurate then his unit did indeed take part in the Anglo-Boer War - looks like there is a good chance he may well be entitled to other medals.

It appears the Regiment still exists today and have a web site: http://www.durbanlightinfantry.co.za I have tried sending them an email on both the email addresses provided on the site but it appears they are not longer in use with my messages both bouncing back.

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Re: The Durban Light Infntry during the Zulu Rebellion 1906

Postby Mark » 11 Jan 2009 16:22

Just to update this thread...

My man does not appear on the Queen's South Africa Medal roll for the Durban Light Infantry. However he may well have served with a different unit or regiment so it is still possible he took part in thr Anglo-Boer War.

I am open to any thoughts anyone might have.

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Re: 1906 Zulu Rebellion: role of the Durban Light Infantry?

Postby rdarby » 03 Apr 2011 11:02

The Durban Light Infantry did take part in the Boer war, I have a QSA to them (65 SERJT: A.DONNE, DURBAN L.I.) killed by lightening at the relief of ladysmith.
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Re: 1906 Zulu Rebellion: role of the Durban Light Infantry?

Postby SWB » 03 Apr 2011 13:48

Hello Ryan

Donne was killed in 1901, but he did serve in the Relief of Ladysmith campaign.

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Re: 1906 Zulu Rebellion: role of the Durban Light Infantry?

Postby Bushman » 01 Dec 2012 00:49

I am a bit late adding to this post but there was a Pte No 1119 Alexander Bruce Atkinson Thorneycroft's Mounted Infantry Enl 20-10-1899 Disc 6-3-1900. The Duban LI rolls are a synthesis of the actual rolls and are therefore highly suspect as to completeness. I have seen a suggestion elsewhere that Atkinson also had service with this unit as well.
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