One of the two batteries which got into difficulties at Colenso (see notes under 14th Battery and 2nd Queen's). Lost four guns. Had 1 officer and 3 men killed, 2 officers and 11 men wounded, 2 officers and 24 men being reported missing. For their heroic efforts to recover the guns General Buller in his despatch of 16th December recommended Corporal Nurse for the Victoria Cross and 6 drivers for the distinguished conduct medal; and in the general's despatch of 30th March 1900, 2 officers—1 of whom had been killed— were mentioned, and 4 other men were recommended for the medal for distinguished conduct on the same occasion. The remnants of the battery were left at Chieveley during the Spion Kop-Vaal Krantz operations. A section of the battery was with Mahon in July 1900, and accompanied General French on the way to Barberton, September 1900 (see Mr Goldman's 'With General French and the Cavalry', p 376). Two guns accompanied General Smith-Dorrien from about Wonderfontein to Piet Retief, January to April 1901 (see Cameron Highlanders), and later that year, two guns operated with Colonel Pulteney in the Eastern Transvaal (despatch of 8th July).
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