SOUTH AFRICA 1877-79, CLASP, 1879 ‘2083 PTE J. FARRAR. 1ST DGN. GDS.’
John Henry Farrar, aged 18, from Farnley, Leeds, enlisted into the 6th Inniskilling Dragoons at Leeds on 7 November 1876. He transferred to the 1st Dragoon Guards on 16 February 1879 and embarked for service in South Africa. Serving throughout the Zulu War, he deserted on 6 November 1879 but rejoined 20 days later. Confined and tried on 15 January 1880, he was imprisoned, being released on 7 April 1880. Leaving South Africa for India on 28 September 1880, he served in India until January 1890, being finally discharged from the army on 31 January 1890.
The 1st King’s Dragoon Guards served in the second invasion of Zululand. Elements served at the battle of Ulundi and the capture of the Zulu King Later serving in the Sekukuni Campaign, a small number remained in South Africa during the 1st Boer War, these men formed the core of the mounted infantry squadron.