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Ladysmith The Diary of a Siege   By: (1856-1941)

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[Illustration: H.W. NEVINSON]

LADYSMITH

THE DIARY OF A SIEGE

BY

H.W. NEVINSON

AUTHOR OF "THE THIRTY DAYS' WAR"

METHUEN & CO. 36 ESSEX STREET W.C. LONDON 1900

CONTENTS

CHAPTER PAGE

I. ON THE EDGE 1

II. AT THE BRITISH FRONT 9

III. THE FIRST WEEK'S WAR 20

IV. BATTLE OF ELANDS LAAGTE 30

V. BATTLE OF TINTA INYONI 41

VI. THE REVERSE AT NICHOLSON'S NEK 51

VII. HEMMED IN 61

VIII. TRAGEDY AND COMEDY 72

IX. INCIDENTS, ACCIDENTS, AND REALITIES 83

X. ENNUI ENLIVENED BY SUDDEN DEATH 100

XI. FLASHES FROM BULLER 129

XII. THE NIGHT SURPRISE ON GUN HILL 138

XIII. THE CAPTURE OF SURPRISE HILL 156

XIV. THE SEASON OF PEACE AND GOODWILL 176

XV. SICKNESS, DEATH, AND A NEW YEAR 194

XVI. THE GREAT ATTACK 211

XVII. A PAUSE AND A RENEWAL 231

XVIII. "WITHIN MEASURABLE DISTANCE" 250

XIX. HOPE DEFERRED 265

XX. SUN AND FEVER 279

XXI. RELIEVED AT LAST 291

APPENDIX 299

LIST OF ILLUSTRATIONS

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PORTRAIT OF THE AUTHOR Frontispiece

MAP OF LADYSMITH AND NEIGHBOURHOOD 12

GENERAL SIR GEORGE STEWART WHITE, V.C., G.C.I.E., G.C.B., G.C.S.I. 18

PLAN OF THE BATTLE OF ELANDS LAAGTE 32

LOMBARD'S KOP 56

IMPERIAL LIGHT HORSE SHELTERS 77

THE DRIFT AND WATERING PLACE 80

BULWAN 105

HOSPITAL IN TOWN HALL AFTER A SHELL 127

BREECH BLOCK FROM GUN HILL 148

A PICTURESQUE RUIN 183

HEADQUARTERS AFTER A 96LB. SHELL 186

EFFECT OF 96LB. SHELL ON A PRIVATE HOUSE 201

SPECIMEN OF BOER SHELLS 252

INDIAN BAKERY 268

GENERAL RT. HON. SIR R.H. BULLER, V.C., G.C.B., K.C.M.G., K.C.B. ( photograph by KNIGHT, Aldershot ) 291

SKETCH PLAN OF COUNTRY SOUTH AND WEST OF LADYSMITH 306

NOTE

This book has been reprinted, by kind permission of the Proprietors of the Daily Chronicle , from the full text of the Letters sent to the paper.

LADYSMITH

THE DIARY OF A SIEGE

CHAPTER I

ON THE EDGE

NEWCASTLE, NATAL, Thursday, October 5, 1899 .

Late last Sunday night I found myself slowly crawling towards the front from Pretoria in a commandeered train crammed full of armed Boers and their horses. I had rushed from the Cape to quiet little Bloemfontein, the centre of one of the best administered States in the world, where the heads of the nation in the intervals of discussing war proudly showed me their pianos, their little gardens, little libraries of English books, little museums of African beasts and Greek coins, and all their other evidences of advancing culture. Then on to Pretoria, the same kind of a town on a larger and richer scale trim bungalow houses, for the most part, spread out among gardens full of roses, honeysuckle, and syringa. But at the station all day and night the scene was not idyllic. Every hour train after train moved away stores and firewood in front, horses next, and luggage vans for the men behind. The partings from lovers and wives and children must be imagined. They are bad enough to witness when our own soldiers go to the front. But these men are not soldiers at all... Continue reading book >>




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