Troopers George Whittington and Milverton Ford, both of the New South Wales Lancers, were taken prisoners by the Boers at Slingersfontein on January 19 and sent to the Waterval Camp. Finding life in camp intolerable, they made up their minds to give the Boers a clean pair of heels, and in company with Sergeant Delaney, of the Royal Irish Fusiliers, they made their escape from Waterval on the night of April 22 Leaving their late prison they immediately struck due cast across the veldt, their only guidance being a map and a small appendage compass. Near Middelburg they missed Delaney. For the most part they travelled during the night, but occasionally the thick bush in some parts of the country afforded them sufficient cover to enable them to proceed during the day with comparative safety. Having to wade through swamps and ford rivers, they were compelled to rest in their wet clothes, and this, in the intense cold of the nights in the present season on the high veldt, greatly increased their sufferings. Eventually they struck the Crocodile River, which they followed until, footsore and exhausted, they reached the railway at Waterval Onder. Here they boarded the night goods train bound for Delagoa Bay, and under the tarpaulin sought shelter among the bales of wool. When they arrived at Komati Poort, the truck was searched by two Kaffirs, under the direction of a railway official, but, fortunately, they escaped discovery, and soon they found themselves in “neutral territory,” when the train crossed the border. They arrived safely at Delagoa Bay in the afternoon, and their tattered clothing, shaggy hair, and bruised feet told the tale of suffering which these two members of our Colonial troops had undergone.
Mr George Whittington and Mr Milverton Ford as they arrived in Delagoa Bay
Mr Milverton Ford and Mr George Whittington as they arrived in Cape Town