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'Charley', the Horse of Captain T. W. Goodrich, Cape Mounted Riflemen

Photo credit: National Army Museum

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Originally raised in South Africa in 1806 as the Cape Regiment, the unit was largely disbanded in 1817. A small force, retained for the defence of the eastern frontier of Cape Colony, was re-formed as the Cape Mounted Riflemen in 1827. Although it originally included many African soldiers in its ranks, the regiment gradually became predominantly European following a series of mutinies. The regiment was drilled and treated as cavalry but paid as infantry.

National Army Museum





oil on canvas


H 45 x W 59.7 cm

Accession number

NAM. 1976-11-12

Acquisition method

purchased at Sotheby’s, 1976

Work type



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