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Books--What are you reading/read and recommendations 8 months 1 week ago #76337

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I am floored........

Ordered a copy of Atlas from Amazon UK on Saturday and another item from Amazon CA.......

The Atlas arrived today, 3 1/2 days from UK and the other items not yet.....

Now to settle down and read......

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Books--What are you reading/read and recommendations 7 months 1 day ago #76995

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Inside Mafeking: The diary of Captain Herbert Greener, edited by Robin Drooglever

I have just finished reading this book by ABW member Robin Drooglever and thoroughly enjoyed it. The book is based around the siege diary of Captain Herbert Greener who was the Chief Paymaster in Mafeking and signatory of the famous siege notes.

Robin adds contextual and explanatory notes so that the reader can fully appreciate the diary entries, also filling in details of the siege that are not covered by the diary.

The book is supported by many photographs and is written in an engaging style that captures the interest and attention of the reader and makes you want to keep reading.

151 pps with a good index and useful bibliography from which it can be seen that Robin has consulted some rare Mafeking sources.
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Books--What are you reading/read and recommendations 4 months 3 weeks ago #78199

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IL discovered this interesting and very recent publication during a routine on-line trawl for books about the ABW. Available for $15Aust from it's author, it could be of interest to Australian readers and those researching the members of the Australian contingents for service in South Africa.

Printed on twenty eight pages of quality paper, with illustrations in black/white and colour, author Peter Bakker covers the family background and service of one Jack Alick Bond; "A man known by many names". Of Aboriginal Australian background, Jack Alick Bond enlisted for active service in the 1st Australian Horse in 12/1899 under the name "Jack Alick" . Having rough living skills from his farm labouring and Police Tracker background, he was one of six hundred and forty six applicants for enlistment - just one hundred and forty were selected.
The field service of "1063 Tpr. Alick, J, 1st Australian Horse", where he earned the clasps "Cape Colony" and "Driefontein" on his QSA medal, is covered fairly lightly by author Bakker. This is a little surprising as the 1st AH was a highly regarded unit and its doings were covered in some detail by accredited local war correspondent A.B. "Banjo" Patterson. After returning from active service, Jack Alick later attested for service with the 1st Bn., Australian Commonwealth Horse in 20/1/1902 as number 356 (surname mis-spelled "ALLICK") and the booklet's author illustrates a group picture of the four service companies of the 1st ACH with Jack Alick identified by number. That plus an entry in Murray's "Australian Contingents", would appear to support Peter Bakker's contention that Jack Alick earned the clasps "Transvaal" and "South Africa 1902" for his medal. However, the medal rolls for the ACH do not show any entry for his name (nor any close approximation). That aspect needs clarification.
The author of Recognising a Warrior" has done a very good job in compiling this booklet. His mining of the local newspapers in TROVE in his quest to recognise Jack Alick Bond's service is a lesson in what can be done. And indeed, one which IL has taken to heart.
The publication is recommended.

Author's Contact Details: email [email protected]
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Books--What are you reading/read and recommendations 1 month 3 weeks ago #79975

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Two that I've acquired this last week - "From Crewe To The Cape" and "The Boer War Volunteers From Seaham."

The first one is an absolute cracker - hardback, over 200 pages, and many photos of Crewe men who saw active service. Crewe in the ABW is probably most well-known for the Crewe Railway Volunteers, and its wonderful war memorial, and the story of the railway men in South Africa has been thoroughly researched. Authors Mark Potts, Tony Marks and Howard Curran have produced a maginificent well-illustrated history, so if you ever see a copy at a reasonable price, grab it! The cover price is £10.99, but it seems to be sold out now.

The Seaham publication, softback, 76 pages, is by Fred Cooper, who has previously published several books on Seaham's local history. Available from the author on ebay and Amazon for £4.49 + p&p, or from bookshops. It's more geared to those with an interest in Seaham, County Durham, although there's a list of the local reservists and volunteers, which is worth the price of the book alone. Compared to the Crewe book, the author had fewer local resources to draw on, but a book on a small mining town's contribution to the ABW is welcome.

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