Not too get "too far" off subject, but "JJD..", part of my family is Native American / Irish.
I know that by and large the English looked down on the Irish as second class in much the same way that the average American of the 1800's saw the Black American. But in both cases, those "second class men" fought with honor and courage, and (if for no other reason that Self respect) with Pride for the Nation they served and the uniform they wore.
So in keeping with what "Mr. H." pointed out: When your cheering the destruction of a British force, arent you cheering the loss of some of our own? Historically speaking.
Please take this simply as friendly "food for thought".
Now more to the point ....
"Gamer.." As I recall, (please help me here if Im off) the Natal troops were in many cases, outfitted with only the bare necessities of uniforms. In fact it was not uncommon for these units to go barefoot?
And on the subject of weapons, only a percentage of them were even "permitted" firearms, but were armed much as the Zulu or other Native warriors of the time?