OF THE 2ND DIVISION- 9th JULY TO 27th JULY.
The 2nd Division remained at Entonjaneni one day longer than the Flying
Column, and on the 10th July commenced to march back by the track followed
during the advance. The distance
traversed was about 7 miles, and it was found that the sick and wounded, who
numbered nearly 100; bore the journey well.*
On the 11th the Division marched to Seguine Spruit, and on the 12th
reached the left bank of the Umhlatoosi river.
Halting there during the 13th, the Division marched on the following day
to the Ibabanango Spruit, and on the 15th, passing Fort Marshall, encamped about
4 miles lower down the Upoko.
The Division remained at this camp for a weekk, during which time the horses and oxen improved considerably in
condition.** The convoy of sick and wounded was sent away on the 18th July,
escorted by two companies of the 2/21st, and two companies of the 1/24th, with
200 of Bengough's Natives as bearers.
This convoy proceeded by Fort Newdigate, where the companies of the 1/24t
were relieved by two of the 2/21st, who had been in garrison at that post, and
moving by the Ityotyosi and Koppie Alleen, eventually reached Ladysmith, where a
convalescent hospital had been established.
It had been determined by Sir Garnet Wolseley that the column which he
had ordered to re-Occupy Ulundi should draw its supplies from the depot at
Landman's Drift, and telegrams on the subject of the despatch of a convoy to
meet this column at Entonjaneni were received by General Newdigate on the 20th
arid 21st Jul)'.
On the 22nd July the Division moved to a new camping ground, some 2 miles
lower down the Upoko, where it remained till it was broken up.
While the Division was encamped on the Upoko, many officers visited
Isandhlwana, where traces of the action of the 22nd January were still to be
seen. Those of the 24th Regiment
who had fallen here on that day had, before the end of the previous month,
received burial at the hands of their comrades. Parties of the 2nd Battalion
stationed at Rorke's Drift had, on the 20th, 23rd, and 26th June marched from
that place to Isandhlwana, under Lieutenant-Colonel Black, and had worked at
the interment of the bodies, which were scattered over a wide extent of country.
These parties had not been molested by the
break up of the 2nd Division was commenced on the 26th July, by the departure of
one troop of the 17th Lancers, the 2nd Company R.E., and four companies of the
94th Regiment** for Fort Newdigate, whence they were to proceed into the valley
of the White Umvolosi, and construct a work to be called Fort Cambridge.
the 27th July Major-General Newdigate took leave of the remaining troops of the
2nd Division, whose subsequent distribution was as follows -The 17th Lancers
were ordered to Koppie Alleen, and, having handed over their horses to the
King's Dragoon Guards, were to proceed thence, dismounted, to Durban, for
embarkation for India. Harness's battery (N/5 R.A.) was to form part of
Lieutenant-Colonel Baker Russell's Flying Column, and Le' Grice's Battery***
(N/6 R.A.) was to move to Dundee, and eventually to form part of the force which
was to be employed in the Transvaal. Of
the infantry, the 2/21st had left previously with the sick and wounded, and the
1/24th was now ordered to Landman's Drift, and so to Durban for embarkation. The escort for the
convoy moving up to Entonjaneni was to be furnished by the remaining battalion,
the 58th, which on the completion of this duty was to find garrisons for Forts
Evelyn, Marshall, Newdigate, and Koppie Alleen.
beg to state that, in my opinion, speaking both as a clergyman and also as one
who lost a very near connection and many intimate friends in the engagement, all
has now been done that the most sensitive relative of any of the deceased could
2 companies of this regiment had been detached to Kwamagwaza, and 2 had remained
at Grey Town when the Division advanced in May.
2 guns belonging to this battery were at Kwamagwasa.