by J.J. HULME
While the Militia units all had uniform it is doubtful if any of the Reserves did, and until the 1906 Rebellion this lack hardly mattered. The Militia Orders, as published in the Colonial Government Gazette, contained authority for the Reserves to adopt unit colours, and significantly the colours granted were all so granted between April, 1906 and January, 1907, the only time when the Reserves were used. In most cases the Reserves would have reported for duty in civilian clothes but the addition of a "pagri" to the commonly worn wide-brimmed felt hat was all that was really needed for identification purposes.
The following list is taken entirely from the Natal Government Gazette.
|Camperdown||Dark Blue with White Spots||111||08/05/1906|
|Charlestown (town)||Black and Gold||123||22/05/1906|
|Dundee Borough||Black with Amber border||123||22/05/1906|
|Durban||Khaki and Red||123||22/05/1906|
|Greytown (town)||Blue and Yellow||111||08/05/1906|
|Impendhle||Khaki, White and Gold||123||22/05/1906|
|Ladysmith||Red with White spots||111||08/05/1906|
|New Hanover||Maroon and Gold||111||08/05/1906|
|Ngotshe||Green and White||111||08/05/1906|
|Paulpietersburg||Orange and Green||111||08/05/1906|
|Polela||Dark Blue and Black||111||08/05/1906|
|Umlazi||Blue and Red||123||22/05/1906|
|Umlazi North||Blue with small White spots||238||04/09/1906|
|Umsinga||Green and Gold||123||22/05/1906|
|Underberg||Dark Blue with White stripes||6||08/01/1907|
|Upper Umkomanzi||Red and White||123||22/05/1906|
|Vryheid||Green and Red||111||08/05/1906|
|Weenen||Brown and Salmon||282||16/10/1906|
|Natal Native Horse||Slate with Red stripes||115||15/05/1906|
The Natal Native Horse was a special service unit raised for the Rebellion only and disbanded immediately after hostilities ceased. It is dealt with here for convenience only.
It was officered by Europeans seconded from Militia regiments or the Militia Reserve. Its commanding officer was Major G.B.O. Moe, of the Umvoti Mounted Rifles and the second-in-command was R.C. Samuelson, a reserve officer of the Natal Carbineers who was also the author of a valuable book of reminiscences "Long, Long Ago." Strangely enough Samuelson was the attorney employed to defend Dinuzulu at his trial on charges of treason and rebellion in 1908.
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