As invalided men and relatives of those who had been killed in action or who had died of wounds or sickness received the Queen's chocolate, I imagine men imprisoned in Pretoria would have been similarly treated.
Army Order 16, Cape Town, 3rd February 1900.
6. DISTRIBUTION OF CHOCOLATE.
Officers Commanding units will ensure that the gift of Chocolate from Her Most Gracious Majesty the Queen, is forwarded to those officers and men who have been invalided home before they could receive the gift, and also to the nearest relatives of those who have been killed in action of who have died of their wounds or of sickness.
KITCHENER OF KHARTOUM, Major-General,
Chief of Staff.
Below is an Army Order regarding the distribution of a consignment of chocolate received in March 1900.
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I have tried to source the booklet on the Queen Victoria Chocolate tin's that I have seen on the internet but its out of stock -
Anyone with a spare copy to sell would be most welcome.
Hopefully that may offer answers but in the meantime .....
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I have a copy of the "booklet" and just thought you should be aware that it is a very slight offering. It consists of two A4 sheets of light card stapled together, giving a cover and four pages of text (103 lines). The content is similarly "thin".