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TWO YEARS ON TREK

Being Some Account of the Royal Sussex Regiment in South Africa.

By the Late LT. COLONEL DU MOULIN.

With a Preface by Col. J. G. Panton, C.M.G. Commanding 2nd Battalion Royal Sussex Regiment, 1903 1907.

Edited By H. F. Bidder, Captain, 3rd Battalion Royal Sussex Regiment.

Murray and Co., The Middlesex Printing Works, 180, Brompton Road, S.W. 1907.

THIS BOOK WRITTEN FOR THE MOST PART BY THE LATE

LT. COL. DU MOULIN HAS BEEN COMPLETED AND PUBLISHED

BY HIS COMRADES AS THE MOST FITTING MEMORIAL

TO A GALLANT SOLDIER.

DULCE · ET · DECORUM · EST · PRO · PATRIA · MORI

CONTENTS.

Chap. Page.

I. TO BLOEMFONTEIN. 1

II. THE 21ST BRIGADE. THE TREK BEGINS. 13

III. TO ZAND RIVER. 28

IV. THE FIGHT AT ZAND RIVER. 39

V. ACROSS THE VAAL. 50

VI. DOORNKOP. 60

VII. PRETORIA. 69

VIII. DIAMOND HILL, FIRST DAY. 79

IX. DIAMOND HILL, SECOND DAY. 84

X. TO SPRINGS. 95

XI. TO REITZ. 105

XII. TO MEYER'S KOP. 117

XIII. RETIEF'S NEK. 126

XIV. TO THE BOER LAAGER. 144

XV. TO WINBURG. 162

XVI. UP AND DOWN. 173

XVII. TO LINDLEY. 185

XVIII. THE RAILWAY NEEDS REPAIR. 202

XIX. TO BOTHAVILLE. 215

XX. VENTERSBURG ROAD. 225

XXI. BACK TO LINDLEY. 234

XXII. IN GARRISON. 247

XXIII. THE RAISING OF THE MOUNTED COLUMN. 257

XXIV. TWO DISTRICTS. 273

XXV. DE PUT. 282

XXVI. TO VLAKFONTEIN. 291

XXVII. ABRAHAM'S KRAAL. 301

XXVIII. NORTHWARDS AND THE END. 308

XXIX. THE THIRD BATTALION. 319

APPENDICES.

PREFACE.

Louis Eugène du Moulin was of French descent. By birth he was a New Zealander. He passed through Sandhurst and entered the army in 1879, joining the 107th Regiment now the Second Battalion of the Royal Sussex Regiment. With this battalion all his service was spent, until his promotion in 1899 as second in command of the First Battalion Royal Sussex Regiment (the old 35th).

He served in the Black Mountain Campaign of 1888, in the Chin Lushai and Manipur expeditions of 1889 91, and in the Tirah Campaign of 1897 98. Alike among the dark pine woods of the Himalayas, in the dense jungle of Manipur, or on the bleak, stony ridges of the Hazara country the name of du Moulin became a byword in the Regiment, and far beyond the Regiment, for restless energy, never failing resource and cool daring. He became known all over India as a musketry expert. Many of his ideas were adopted, and are in universal use by those who may never have heard his name.

Perhaps his real genius was for organization. This quality came conspicuously into notice in South Africa during the war. Many men who served in the 21st Brigade under General Bruce Hamilton had reason to bless the forethought and unstinted labour of the man who carried out so thoroughly the idea of the Brigade commander, and supplied the Brigade with those welcome additions to bully beef and biscuit which were obtainable at the Brigade Canteen. Often after a hard day's march and a tough fight have I admired the unselfish spirit in which, disdaining fatigue, he would set to work with his coat off to open stores and arrange the wagons lighted with "dips," which served as a "coffee shop" for famishing Tommy... Continue reading book >>




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