The South Wales Borderers and its predecessor units were one of the most distinguished, as well as one of the most venerable, line regiments in the British Army. Formed in 1689, the year of the ‘Glorious Revolution’ the regiment played a major part in Britain’s 18th century wars with France, and in colonial conflicts of the 19th century. It’s finest hour came at the legendary defence of Rorke’s Drift in the 1879 Zulu War, when a record 11 VCs were won in a single day – seven of them to the regiment’s members – during the successful and heroic siege of the Natal mission station against Zulu warrior. This magnificent regimental history concludes with the story of the Borderers in the Great War and its aftermath.
SOUTH WALES BORDERERS 24TH FOOT 1689-1937