Fort Pearson

Fort Pearson had been built in the days leading up to the invasion. It stood on a hill (180 feet high) overlooking the Lower Drift of the Tugela River. No.1 Column crossed the river from the ramp on the left of the picture, using the pont (floating raft, constructed by the Royal Engineers) which is just offshore. The Naval Brigade of 200 sailors and marines were responsible for the ferrying which took 5 days. This was a risky business as the river was home to many crocodiles.

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