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[Transcriber's note: Obvious printer's errors have been corrected, all other inconsistencies are as in the original. The author's spelling has been maintained.]

[Illustration: Twenty thousand men encamped under General Buller.]

WITH THE NAVAL BRIGADE IN NATAL

1899 1900

Journal of Active Service

KEPT DURING THE RELIEF OF LADYSMITH AND SUBSEQUENT OPERATIONS IN NORTHERN NATAL AND THE TRANSVAAL, UNDER GENERAL SIR REDVERS BULLER, V.C., G.C.B.

BY

LIEUTENANT BURNE, R.N.

LONDON EDWARD ARNOLD 1902

FOR THE ARMY, OUR COMRADES AND OUR FRIENDS, THE NAVY HAS NOTHING BUT THE DEEPEST RESPECT AND ADMIRATION.

INTRODUCTION

This Journal, completed before leaving the front in October, 1900, does not assume to be more than a somewhat rough and unadorned record of my personal experiences during ten months of the South African (Boer) Campaign of 1899 1900 while in detached command of two 12 pounder guns of H.M.S. Terrible and H.M.S. Tartar . Having been asked by some of my friends to publish it, I am emboldened to do so, in the hope that the Journal may be of interest to those who read it, as giving some idea of work done by a Naval Brigade when landed for service at a most critical time. A few notes on Field Gunnery are appended with a view to give to others a few ideas which I picked up while serving with the guns on shore, after a previous experience as Gunnery Lieutenant in H.M.S Thetis and Cambrian .

For the photographs given I must record my thanks to Lieutenant Clutterbuck, R.N., Mr. Hollins, R.N., and other kind friends.

C.R.N.B.

April , 1902.

CONTENTS

CHAPTER I PAGE Outbreak of the war The Transport Service and despatch of Army Corps from Southampton Departure of a Naval Brigade from England and landing at Capetown and Durban I join H.M.S. Philomel 1 10

CHAPTER II

I depart for the front with a Q. F. Battery from H.M.S. Terrible Concentration of General Buller's army at Frere and Chieveley Preliminary bombardment of the Boer lines at Colenso The attack and defeat at Colenso Christmas Day in camp 11 21

CHAPTER III

Life in Camp and Bombardment of the Boer lines at Colenso General Buller moves his army, and by a flank march seizes "Bridle Drift" over the Tugela The heavy Naval and Royal Artillery guns are placed in position Sir Charles Warren crosses the Tugela with the 5th Division, and commences his flank attack 22 32

CHAPTER IV

Spion Kop and Vaal Krantz General Buller withdraws the troops and moves once more on Colenso We hold Springfield Bridge Buller's successful attack on Hussar Hill, Hlangwane, and Monte Christo Relief of Kimberley 33 44

CHAPTER V

Passage of Tugela forced and Colenso occupied Another move back across the river to Hlangwane and Monte Christo The Boers at length routed and Ladysmith is relieved Entry of Relief Force into Ladysmith Withdrawal of H.M.S. Terrible's men to China I spend a bad time in Field Hospital General Buller's army moves forward to Elandslaagte Boers face us on the Biggarsberg 45 58

CHAPTER VI

End of three weary months at Elandslaagte A small Boer attack The advance of General Buller by Helpmakaar on Dundee We under General Hildyard advance up the Glencoe Valley Retreat of the Boers to Laing's Nek Occupation of Newcastle and Utrecht We enter the Transvaal Concentration of the army near Ingogo Naval guns ascend Van Wyk, and Botha's Pass is forced Forced march through Orange Colony Victory at Almond's Nek Boers evacuate Majuba and Laing's Nek Lord Roberts enters Pretoria We occupy Volksrust and Charlestown 59 72

CHAPTER VII

Majuba Hill in 1900 We march on Wakkerstroom and occupy Sandspruit Withdrawal of H... Continue reading book >>




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