British Cavalry Bugle

Contributed by Kent and Sharpshooters Yeomanry Museum

British Cavalry Bugle

Before the widespread use of radios armies passed orders by trumpet, bugle, or drum. This bugle is unusual because, as well as its designed military purpose, it serves as a memorial being engraved with the names of officers of the East Kent Company of the Imperial Yeomanry who were killed or wounded during the Second Boer War (1899-1902). This was Britain's last major colonial war but also its first modern war, with many tactics and lessons, including the use of volunteer forces alongside their regular comrades, being learned. It was the first major overseas war to involve volunteers, and the yeomanry, serving as mounted infantry, proved vital in a war where mobility proved vital to the British in an increasingly bitter guerrilla war against a mobile enemy who knew the ground intimately.

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