13th Hussars

On Patrol Natal 1899

This photo was taken by Colonel Frederick Jarvis, a Yeomanry officer who had connections in high places and managed to get himself attached to the 13th Hussars out in South Africa, as transport officer in C Squadron. The 13th landed in Durban where they joined Lord Dundonald's Cavalry Brigade. The regiment,like much of the cavalry in Natal, was never greatly involved in any battles for the relief of Ladysmith, they were mostly used for scouting and protecting the flanks of Buller's infantry.

These three soldiers show the khaki uniform worn in the war. The cork foreign service helmet has a white and blue flash on the left side. On the left side of the saddle can be seen the troopers' swords, attached to the saddle instead of the man and a bag of oats for the horse.

13th Hussars: Uniforms | Regimental details

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