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Sir Redvers Buller And The South African Light Horse

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Few officers in the post-Cardwellian army were more driven to make a name and a career for himself than Redvers Buller. Buller was initially appointed to serve as liaison officer between fellow Wolseley Ring member Colonel Sir Evelyn Wood and a group of Boer, British, and colonial volunteers . Buller did not remain liaison officer for long, taking over command of this group of volunteers and forming his own motley 'commando,' naming it the Frontier Light Horse (FLH). The Frontier Light Horse was Buller's first independent command in the field, and he quickly took advantage of the opportunities this assignment offered. The first unit of colonial volunteers to be raised, and ultimately the model for all the rest, was the South African Light Horse (SALH), commanded by Major Julian Byng (later Lord Byng of Vimy).

Keywords: Boer; British; Frontier Light Horse (FLH); Julian Byng; liaison; post-Cardwellian army; Redvers Buller; Sir Evelyn Wood; South African Light Horse (SALH); Wolseley



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