The regiment was raised in January 1915 by Lieutenant Colonel Marcus Michael ‘Mike’ Hartigan of the South African Police. It served briefly with the Southern Column in the German South West Africa campaign and was broken-up and disbanded in late May of the same year. Like many other specially raised regiments at the time, such as the Natal Light Horse and Botha’s Natal Horse, Hartigan’s Horse consisted of many old campaigners and personalities that brought to the regiment a particular flavor that was common among South African regiments at the time.
This book has been compiled from the few surviving primary sources relating to the regiment, with a view to providing historians, military enthusiast and collectors, firstly, with a brief overview of the regiments history and secondly to profile the known military service of those men that served with Hartigan’s Horse. The authors have been very fortunate in locating three surviving accounts of their operational service in South West Africa written by Lieutenant H.R. Bridges and Lieutenant Colonel H.H. Hartigan himself.
The authors, as a group of like minded researchers and collectors come from a variety of back grounds and have as a group, all served in the military at some point. They have studied history and are all experienced military genealogical researchers. It is the common interest in researching and understanding the man behind the medal that became the vision for this book. The authors are currently concluding the research on three Anglo-Boer War 1899-1902 regiments, namely the Durban Light Infantry, Umvoti Mounted Rifles and the Natal Carbineers. These books will include historical accounts and a biographical register with details on all members of the regiment that served during the war.