In his 'retirement' Huw undertook more sustained writing challenges and published seven more books. Between 2007 and 2011 he concentrated his attention on history closer to home than Swaziland, and brought out four books on aspects Gloucestershire local history. His three previous books were all on aspects of southern African history. A Biographical Register of Swaziland to 1902 appeared in 1993. This was an enormous, complex, painstaking work of scholarship that spoke to his unparalleled knowledge of the history of Swaziland. A Gazetteer of the Second Anglo-Boer War 1899-1902 (1999), which he co-authored with his son, Meurig, was a work of a similarly high order. Both will long remain invaluable reference tools for future historians.
However, the book that will be his monument is The Boiling Cauldron: Utrecht District and the Anglo-Zulu War, 1879, beautifully produced by The Shermershill Press in 2006. The literature of the Anglo-Zulu War is saturated with books that reiterate the familiar tale, but occasionally works do appear that break genuinely new ground. Huw's deeply researched analysis of the open frontier of north-western Zululand where competing claims by the Swazi, Zulu and Boers collided is significant because the region had previously been relatively neglected by historians, and the role played in its affairs by the Swazi largely ignored. Huw's account did more than any other book yet written to put that vital area of operations during the Anglo-Zulu War into informed context. The battle of Hlobane on 28 March 1879 was second only to Isandlwana as the greatest Zulu victory of the war, and Huw's painstaking and detailed analysis (which built on his earlier groundbreaking articles) is undoubtedly the most authoritative now available, and functions as a sharp corrective to most other accounts.
Huw was diagnosed with cancer in March 2011 and, after a short period of remission, died peacefully at home on 8 June 2012 with his wife Barbara and three children at his side.
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