This page attempts to identify all units down to the company or troop level which participated in the campaigns of the Anglo-Zulu war. So far all units which fought at Isandlwana are listed and some others.

Source(s) :
Castle, Ian: Men-at-arms 388, Zulu War - Volunteers, Irregulars & Auxillaries. Oxford: Osprey Publishing, 2003.

Colenso, Frances E.: History of the Zulu War and its origin. Picadilly: Chapman & Hall Ltd., 1880.


Content of this page

I. Imperial units

1st King's Dragoon Guards (Gen. Henry Aitchison Hankey)

3rd Regiment of Foot (East Kent, The Buffs; Gen. William Craig Emilius Napier)
- 2nd Battalion / 3rd
-- 8  companies

5th Brigade, Royal Artillery
- N Battery / 5th (Lieut. Col. A. Harness)
-- Lieut. Henry Curling's Division (N/5th)

6th Brigade, Royal Artillery
- M Battery / 6th (Maj. W.H. Sandham)

- N Battery / 6th (Maj. F.S. le Grice)

- O Battery / 6th (Maj A.W. Duncan & Capt. R. Alexander)

7th Brigade, Royal Artillery
- 8th Battery / 7th
-- Maj. H.L. Ellaby's Section (8/7th)

- 10th Battery / 7th
-- Maj. J.F. Owen's Gatling Battery (10/7th)

- 11th Battery / 7th (Maj. E.G. Tremlett)
-- Maj. Francis Russel's Rocket Battery (11/7th) (Note: Crew from 24th Reg)
-- Lieut. W.N. Lloyd's Section (11/7th)
-- Lieut. F. Nicolson's Section (11/7th) 
-- Lieut. F.G. Slade's Detachement (11/7th) (Note: Crew from 80th Reg)
-- Lieut. A.J. Bigge's Rocket Section (11/7th)

13th (1st Somersetshire) Regiment of Foot (Gen. Philip Spencer Stanhope)
- 1st Battalion / 13th

17th Lancers (Duke of Cambridge's Own; Gen. John Charles Hope Gibsone)

21st Regiment of Foot (Royal Scots Fusiliers; Gen. Sir Frederick William Hamilton)
- 2nd Battalion / 21st

24th Regiment of Foot (2nd Warwickshire Regiment; Gen. Pringle Taylor)
- 1st Battalion / 24th (Lieut. Col. H.B. Pulleine)
-- Lieut. Francis Porteous' A Company, (1/24th Foot)
-- Capt. Reginald Younghusband's C Company, (1/24th Foot)
-- D Company, (1/24th Foot)
-- Lieut. Charles Cavaye's E Company, (1/24th Foot)
-- Capt. William Mostyn's F Company, (1/24th Foot) 
-- Capt. Thomas Rainforth's G Company, (1/24th Foot)
-- Capt. George Wardell's H Company, (1/24th Foot)

- 2nd Battalion / 24th - (Maj. Degacher)
-- Lieut. Gonville Bromhead's B Company (2/24th Foot) 
-- Lieut. Charlie Pope's G Company (2/24th Foot)

57th Regiment of Foot (West Middlesex; Gen. Sir Edward Alan Holdich)

58th Regiment of Foot (Rutlandshire; Gen. Sir Arthur Johnstone Lawrence)

60th Regiment of Foot (The King’s Royal Rifle Corps; Gen. Sir Arthur Augustus Thurlow Cunynghame)
- 3rd Battalion

75th Regiment of Foot?? (Gen. John Thomas Hill, Col. Milles)
- Capt. Boyes [F.C.]
- Lieut. Trower [F.C.]

80th Regiment of Foot (Staffordshire Volunteers; Gen. Sir Richard Wilbraham)

88th Regiment of Foot (Connaught Rangers; Gen. William Irwin)
-- one company

90th Regiment of Light Infantry (Perthshire Volunteers; Gen. William Hassall Eden) 

91st Regiment of Foot (Princess Louise's Argyllshire Highlanders; Gen. James Robertson Craufurd)

94th Regiment of Foot (Gen. Richard William Penn (Curzon-Howe), 3rd Earl Howe)

99th Regiment of Foot (The Duke of Edinburgh’s (Lanarkshire), "The Buffs"?; Gen. Samuel Haybrooke)
- 2nd Battalion / 99th

Army Hospital Corps

Army Medical Department

Army Service Corps

Commissariat and Transport Department

Imperial Mounted Infantry
- Squadron No. 1
- Squadron No. 2

Naval Brigade (Cdr. H.J.F. Campbell)
- contingents from HMS Active, Shah, Tenedos and Boadicea

Ordnance Store Department

Royal Engineers Corps

Royal Marines

II. Colonial units

Natal Mounted Police (Maj. J. Dartnell)

Natal Volunteer Corps
- Alexandra Mounted Rifles (Capt. W. Arbuthnot)
-- Troop 1
-- Troop 2
-- Troop 3

- Baker's (Light) Horse (Capt. J.F. Baker)

- Buffalo Border Guard (Capt. John S. Robson)

- Cape Mounted Riflemen (Col. H.G. Moore; Col. Z.S. Bayly) (Colonial)

- Carbutt's Border Rangers (Capt. Thomas Carbutt)

- Durban Mounted Rifles (Capt. W. Shepstone)
-- Troop 1
-- Troop 2

- Durban Rifles (did not take part in the campaigns)

- Durban Volunteer Artillery (later Natal Field Artillery)

- Ferreira's Horse (Colonel I. Ferreira) (irreg.)

- Free Lances (some informal mercenary groups in Transvaal)

- Frontier Light Horse (Lt. F. Carrington / Maj. Redvers Bullers / Capt. R. Barton / Capt. C. D'Arcy)
-- Troop A
-- Troop B
-- Troop C
-- Troop D

- Isipingo Mounted Rifles (Capt. D. Stainbank) (did not take part in the campaigns)

- Kaffrarian Riflemen / Kaffrarian Vanguard (Cdt. F. Schermbrucker) (irreg.)

- Lonsdale's Horse or Mounted Rifles (Cdt. R. Londsale)
-- Troop A
-- Troop B
-- Troop C
-- Troop D (Capt. Lumley)
-- Troop E
-- Troop F
-- Troop G
-- Troop H

- Natal Carbineers (Capt. T. Shepstone jr.)
-- Troop 1
-- Troop 2
-- Troop 3
-- Troop 4
-- Troop 5
-- Troop 6
-- Troop 7

- Natal Field Artillery (formerly Durban Volunteer Artillery)

- Natal Horse / Bettington’s Horse
-- Capt. U. de Burgh's Troop No. 1
-- Capt. J. Cooke's Troop No. 2
-- Capt. R. Bettington's Troop No. 3

- Natal Hussars (Capt. P. Norton)

- Natal Light Horse (Capt. W. Whalley)

- Natal Volunteer Guides (Capt. F. Addison)

- Newcastle Mounted Rifles (Capt. M. Osborne / Capt. Robert Bradstreet)

- Pietermaritzburg City Guard (did not take part in the campaigns)

- Pietermaritzburg Rifles (did not take part in the campaigns)

- Raaffs' Transvaal Rangers (Cdt. R. Raaff) (irreg.)

- Schuttes Corps (Capt. Schutte) (irreg.)

- Stanger Mounted Rifles (Capt. F. Addison)
-- Troop 1
-- Troop 2

- Transvaal Burgher Force (Piet Lafras Uys / Adriaan Rudolph) (irreg.)

- Uys Commando (Piet Lafras Uys / Adriaan Rudolph) (irreg.)

- Victoria Mounted Rifles (Capt. Charles Saner)

- Wakkerstrom Free Lances (Cdt. J. Henderson)

- (Weatherley's) Border Horse / (Weatherley's) Border Lances (Lieut.-Col. F. Weatherley; Maj. Dennison)
-- Troop 1
-- Troop 2

III. Native auxiliary units

amaBomwu Corps (Chief Siphandla; J. Searle)

amaNgwane Corps (Chief Putsha; G. Evatt)

Mafunzi Corps / Mafunzi Horse (Chief Nginisa; Capt. Maclean / Capt. C. Nourse)

Border Guard

Border Guard Reserve

Eckersley’s Contingent (irreg.)

John Dunn's (Foot) Scouts (Cdt. Moore)

Natal Native Contingent (NNC)
- 1st Regiment (Brev. Lieut.-Col. A. Durnford)
-- 1 Battalion / 1st (Cdt. A. Montgomery)
--- Capt. C. Nourse' D Company (1/1st NNC)
--- Capt. W.H. Stafford's E Company (1/1st NNC)

-- 2 Battalion / 1st (Maj. H. Bengough)

-- 3 Battalion / 1st (Capt. C. Cherry)

- 2nd Regiment (Maj. S. Graves)
-- 1 Battalion / 2nd (Maj. S. Graves)

-- 2 Battalion / 2nd (Cdt. W. Nettleton)

- 3rd Regiment (Cdt. R. Lonsdale)
-- 1st Battalion / 3rd (Cdt. G. Hamilton-Browne)
--- Capt. R. Krohn's Company No. 6 (1/3rd NNC) 
--- Capt. J.F. Lonsdale's Company No. 9 (1/3rd NNC)

-- 2nd Battalion / 3rd (Cdt. A. Cooper)
--- Capt. O.E. Murray's Company No. 1 (1/3rd NNC)
--- Capt. E.A. Erskine's Company No. 4 (1/3rd NNC) 
--- Capt. A.J. Barry's Company No. 5 (1/3rd NNC)

Natal Native Horse (Lieut. W. Cochrane)

Natal Native Mounted Contingent
- Zikhali Horse (Troops No. 1 to 3)
-- Lieut. C. Raw's Troop No. 1
-- Lieut. J.A. Robert's Troop No. 2
-- Lieut. W. Vause' Troop No. 3

- Lieut. A.H. Henderson's / Hlubi's Basutos (Troop No. 4)
- Lieut. H.D. Davies' Edendale troop (Troop No. 5)
- Jantje's Horse (Troop No. 6)

Natal Native Pioneers
- Capt. J. Nolan's Company No. 1
- Capt. G. Beddoes' Company No. 2
- Capt. W. Allen's Company No. 3

Shepstone's Horse / Shepstone's Basothos (T. Shepstone jr.)

Teteleku's Mounted Natives (Chief Teteleku; R. Beachcroft)

Wood's Irregulars

-- 1 Battalion / 1st (Cdt. J. Henderson)

-- 2 Battalion / 1st (R. Roberts)

Wood's Scouts

IV. Zulu units

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  1. My grandfather, James Joseph Cooke was in Royal Artillery N battery, 5th Brigade. He was a Sergeant I believe - the Capt J Cooke mentioned here - was he a different J Cooke?

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