D Company, Zululand

This photo, reproduced from The Zulu War: A Pictorial History by Michael Barthorp, shows campaign-hardened men of D Company, 1st Battalion 13th LI as part of the Flying Column, the most successful of Lord Chelmsford's five columns in the invasion of Zululand 1879. The men are mostly in red undress frocks and helmets stained light brown. Others wear dark blue glengarry caps. Some bandsmen are in evidence, also Mounted Infantry with ammunition bandoliers. There are pet dogs in the front row, and some men have large beards, although the Pioneer Sergeant standing on the extreme left, with a crossed axes badge over his stripes, looks clean shaven. Kneeling in front of him is the QM Sergeant with a white dog.

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