SAGS (1) 1879 (366 Tpr. R. Bold Front. L. Horse);
CGHGSM (1) Basutoland (Blr. R.W. Bold C.M. Yeo.);
QSA (0) (179 Pte. R.W. Bold New England M.R.)
Trooper Richard Walter Bold first attested with the Frontier Light Horse on 14 March 1879 and served during the Zulu War (WO 100/48 - Medal roll p. 238 confirms).The Regiment was first raised in 1877 and fought throughout the Zulu War with Wood’s Column. Captain Barton, who commanded the mounted troops, was killed at the Battle of Hlobane Mountain where the Frontier Light Horse lost nearly 20% of the 156 of all ranks engaged. The regiment earned two Victoria Crosses during July 1879 before it was disbanded in December 1879. Bold is listed as one of only three buglers on Forsyth’s medal roll for the CGHGSM. A very desirable group covering 3 Victorian campaigns awarded to a South African volunteer who served in perhaps the most famous Colonial regiment which took an active part in the Zulu War.
I will be visiting the Archives later this month so I wanted to look up this document. I am having trouble finding the reference in the Archives' catalogue. Can I check it with you please? WO 0103/2344?
There are a couple of courts of inquiry papers in WO32 but these are for specific actions and the summarised lists are in WO 108/372.