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285 men; the Diamond Fields Horse, Major Rodger, 6 officers and 142 men. The total force of regulars and volunteers was about 1100.
Town Guard was organized, and the men were drilled in the use of the
Lee-Metford rifle. At the beginning of the siege this force numbered
about 1200 men, but both the volunteer corps and the Town Guard were
soon increased until the total strength of the garrison reached 4500
men. This included the Cape Mounted Police, numbering about 360