Highlights from South Africa
South Africa – The Boer Wars
Immediately after the Regiment’s success in the Second Afghan War, it was sent to South Africa where war was brewing between Britain and the Boers: settlers of Dutch and French origin fighting over their independence.
At the Battle of Majuba on 27th February 1881, a force of 550 men, including three companies of the 92nd, was forced to retreat after a British attack ended in failure.
Twenty years later the same issues led to a much larger war with the Boers. Between 1899 and 1902, both Battalions of The Gordon Highlanders saw continuous action in a long and difficult war. During this intense period of action 6 Victoria Crosses were awarded to the Regiment.