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kelsard27


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hi all 1st post here.
can anyone tell me what uniform he wore at islandwana and if he would have carried a waterbottle and bag.
any help would be most welcome .
many thanks.
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Someone will probably give more accurate details, but in the book 'Zulu: Isandlwana and Rorke's Drift 22-23 January 1879'., by Ian Knight, there is a large colour plate, apparently based on Younghusband.

He is shown with a holster for his Adams revolver on a shoulder strap, what looks to be a case for binoculars, also on a shoulder strap, and what appears to be a water bottle, again on a shoulder strap.

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Kelsard,

To be frank we don't know what uniform Captain Younghusband was wearing at Isandlwana.

We can speculate only. It is plausible that he was wearing a scarlet, unlined, India Pattern patrol jacket. If we believe the myth he was wearing canvas leggings/gaiters.

Would he have carried a waterbottle & haversack? I would say he would have.

John Y.
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Many thanks for the info given.
John's description more or less confirms something i read a while back and can not remember where, of a Zulu's account of the battle .
fighting against the far left of the British line [which would put him in the area of capt Younghusband] an officer fighting alongside a wagon in his red tunic and brown caiters so brave.
Coll the book mentioned has been ordered many thanks.
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