Boer War

A and C squadrons sailed on the Victorian, arrived at the Cape on 1st January 1900, and were sent on to Durban. B squadron sailed on the Cestrian, and landed in Cape Colony on 10th January. The two Natal squadrons were for a time brigaded with the 1st Royal Dragoons and 13th Hussars. They took part in the work between 14th and 27th February, when the relief of Ladysmith was accomplished. In General Buller’s despatch of 30th March 3 officers were mentioned.

Col Brown copyAfter the relief A and C squadrons were brought round to Cape Colony and joined B, which had meantime been doing useful work. The regiment was in April put into Dickson’s 4th Cavalry Brigade, with the 7th Dragoon Guards and 8th Hussars. The work of the brigade has been sketched under the 7th Dragoon Guards. On the march from Machadodorp to Heidelberg, 12th to 26th October 1900, the 8th and 14th Hussars were put under Mahon, and they had very stiff fighting on several occasions. On the 13th Major E D Browne gained the VC near Geluk for rescuing, one after another, an officer, a sergeant and a corporal.

Eight officers and 9 non-commissioned officers and men were mentioned in Lord Roberts’ final despatch.

In the second phase of the war the 14th Hussars were chiefly employed in the Eastern Transvaal and about the passes in the Newcastle district, where they frequently had skirmishes but, as in the first stage, they had the misfortune to be again broken up. During the first half of 1901 a part of the regiment was with Colonel Pulteney in the Western Transvaal. They also acted under General Babington west of Krugersdorp in columns which did exceptionally good work.

One officer and 4 non-commissioned officers and men gained mention in Lord Kitchener’s despatches, written during the war, and in the final despatch 3 officers and 3 non-commissioned officers were mentioned.

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