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The Relief of Mafeking How it Was Accomplished by Mahon's Flying Column; with an Account of Some Earlier Episodes in the Boer War of 1899-1900   By: (1876-1938)

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THE RELIEF OF MAFEKING

How It Was Accomplished by Mahon's Flying Column; with an Account of Some Earlier Episodes in the Boer War of 1899 1900

by

FILSON YOUNG

With Portraits and Plans

Methuen & Co. 36 Essex Street W.C. London 1900

[Illustration: FIELD MARSHALL LORD ROBERTS, K.P., G.C.B., G.C.S.I., G.C.I.E., V.C.]

TO

M. C. D.

PREFACE

The proprietors of the Manchester Guardian have kindly allowed me to make use of their copyright in the letters written by me to that newspaper during the first half of the year. The substance of the letters has been reproduced in the hope that home staying folk may find in them something of the atmosphere that surrounds the collision of armed forces. It is a strange and rude atmosphere; yet it pleases me at this moment to remember not so much the strangeness and rudeness as the kindness and good fellowship that made a dreadful business tolerable and the memory of it pleasant. Many friends of these brave days I may not see again, but if their eyes should ever light on this page I would have them know that it contains a greeting.

FILSON YOUNG

LONDON, July 31st, 1900

CONTENTS

PART I.

ENGLAND IN TIME OF WAR PAGE

I. How the Reserves came up 3

II. How the Army left England 12

III. How the Wounded came Home 40

PART II.

IN THE WAKE OF THE ARMY

IV. The Long Sea Road 51

V. Scenes at Cape Town 61

VI. In the Eddies of a Great Whirl 72

VII. Magersfontein and Kimberley 85

VIII. Paardeberg 97

PART III.

LORD ROBERTS'S ADVANCE TO BLOEMFONTEIN

IX. The Boer Panic at Osfontein 105

X. The March on Dreifontein 115

XI. The Battle of Dreifontein and the March on Bloemfontein 123

XII. Retracing the Steps of the Army 132

PART IV.

AN EXPEDITION WITH LORD METHUEN

XIII. In the Field again 147

XIV. The Capture of Boers at Tweefontein 156

XV. An Elusive Enemy 164

XVI. A Surprise on the March 179

XVII. Under the Red Cross Flag 188

PART V.

WITH THE FLYING COLUMN TO MAFEKING

XVIII. A Strategic Secret 205

XIX. The Departure from Kimberley 209

XX. From Taungs to Vryburg 221

XXI. Nearing the Goal 230

XXII. We Repel an Attack and Join Forces with Plumer 238

XXIII. The Fighting on the Molopo 248

XXIV. Mafeking at Last 260

XXV. A Memorial of the Siege 271

XXVI. Good bye to Mafeking 277

LIST OF ILLUSTRATIONS

FIELD MARSHAL LORD ROBERTS OF KANDAHAR, K.P., G.C.B., G.C.S.I., G.C.I.E., V.C. Frontispiece

MR. G. LENTHAL CHEATLE, F.R.C.S., CONSULTING SURGEON TO HER MAJESTY'S FORCES IN SOUTH AFRICA To face page 72

LIEUTENANT GENERAL P.S. LORD METHUEN, K.C.V.O., C.B., C.M.G. " 156

BRIGADIER GENERAL BRYAN MAHON, D.S.O. " 210

MAP OF MAHON'S MARCH " 230

PLAN OF THE BATTLE ON THE MOLOPO ON MAY 16TH " 248

FACSIMILE OF SIGNED MENU OF THE RELIEF DINNER AT MAFEKING " 267

PART I

ENGLAND IN TIME OF WAR

I

HOW THE RESERVES CAME UP

From a seat in the paymaster's office of the depĂ´t barracks at Bury one afternoon in November, 1899, I could look either into the barrack yard or out along the Bolton Road... Continue reading book >>




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