Along with the 73rd formed Colonel Parson's Brigade Division, acting with Lyttelton and Hart at Colenso—that is, on the left centre. Both batteries did excellent work, and did much towards extricating Hart's brigade when they got pushed into the loop of the Tugela (see 2nd Queen's). Thereafter these batteries moved to the right to endeavour to reduce the fire from the Boer centre, which had overpowered the 14th and 66th. The 64th was at Venter's Spruit, part of the time on the left, was in the action at Vaal Krantz, and in the last fourteen days' fighting prior to the relief. The 7th and 64th both did great service in the taking of the Monte Cristo-Hlangwane position. One officer was mentioned in the despatch of 30th March. The battery accompanied General Buller in his northern advance to Volksrust, and was mentioned as doing good work in the Helpmakaar turning movement. They also did well at Alleman's Nek. In General Buller's final despatch 1 officer was mentioned. In 1901 the battery, like practically all others, was split up, and operated under Brigadier General Gilbert Hamilton and other commanders in the Transvaal and the north of the Orange River Colony (Lord Kitchener's despatch of 8th July 1901).
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