Fort Napier was established on 31 August 1843 to house the garrison in Natal after being annexed by Britain. The 45th Regiment provided the first garrison and the fort was important in the Zulu and Boer Wars.
It ceased to be a British garrison in 1914 when it was used an internment camp during the Great War. Afterwards the fort was passed to the health service where it is not Fort Napier Hospital.
This was the officers' mess, now in a state of disrepair.
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