Halt on the March 1901


The Greys were photographed on campaign in South Africa during 1901. Although it is difficult to date photos like this, there is evidence that the rifles they carry are the longer infantry Lee-Metfords rather than the carbines that were exchanged at the end of January 1901. They do not have grey horses. This can be explained by the fact that the casualty rate of horses in the Boer War was very high and they were replaced by whatever horses could be supplied. Throughout the war 256 were killed, 507 had to be destroyed and 456 died of exhaustion. If sick horse and those captured by the enemy are taken into consideration the total loss in horses by the Scots Greys alone from Dec 1899 to May 1902 was 4,537.


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by Stephen Luscombe