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The Mentions gained by Police were as follows:

Sir G. White's Despatches: 2nd December 1899: Col J. G. Dartnell, Chief Com. Natal Police, "rendered valuable service to the late Lieutenant Gen. Sir W. Penn-Symons and to Brig.-Gen. Yule when the Dundee column fell back on Ladysmith; his advice and experience were of the highest value, and I found him always ready and willing to help me in any way in his power."

23rd March 1900: Colonel Dartnell possesses an exceptional knowledge of the Colony and of native character. I am greatly obliged to him for the advice and assistance which he has always been ready to afford me, of which I have availed myself freely, and which I have found of the highest value.

Sir R Buller's despatches: 30th March 1900: Mounted Police - Inspectors Fairlie and Abraham.

Lord Robert's despatches: 2nd April 1901: Colonel Dartnell, as GOC Natal Colonists, has maintained the best traditions of the regular forces. His name stands very high in the estimation of the colonists, and he possesses the greatest influence over the natives. His advice was of much assistance in the earliest actions of the war, afterwards during the siege of Ladysmith, and finally in the general advance through the Biggarsberg to Laing's Nek, when Natal was cleared of the enemies of the Queen. Colonel Dartnell was awarded the KCB.

8th October 1901: Zululand Police - Sgt. Gumbi, for gallantry and good service in defence of Fort Prospect, September 26.

8th December 1901: Natal Police - Sgt. Lane, for excellent work in defence of a convoy from Melmoth to Nkandhla, May 29. Sgt. A. J. Smith of the Police, and Trooper A. W. Evans of the M.R., got the DCM

23rd June 1902: Natal Police Field Force - Sub-Insp. J. Hamilton; Sergeants Newson, Goode.


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