|A single battalion regiment, the 58th left two detached companies in Natal under Major General Clifford as part of the lines of communications
guard. Aside from a few men who served with the mounted infantry (a photo of one such mounted infantrymen can bee seen in the South Africa
section of this site) the rest of the battalion was assigned to Lord Chelmsford's Ulundi Column which was to spearhead the second invasion. As the
column advanced into Zululand two additional companies were detailed as the garrison of the newly built Fort Evelyn. The remaining companies
were present during Chelmsford's final victory at Ulundi on 4 July, 1879.
The 58th remained in Natal after the end of the Anglo-Zulu War and took part in the Transvaal War against the Boers in 1880-81. It was during this
campaign that the 58th became the 2nd battalion of the newly organized Northamptonshire Regiment. During the Transvaal War the 58th gained
the distinction of being the last British battalion to carry its colours into battle.
The photo was probably taken soon after this soldier's receipt of his medal to commemorate the event.
Although he is unidentified he may well have been Irish since this photograph was found in Ireland.
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