1900 - Roberts advances towards Middelburg. Broadwood in action with de Wet at Stinkhoutboom. Telegraph line and railway destroyed north of Honingspruit. Supply train and 100 highlanders captured.
From Hansard: Boer prisoners for Ceylon
Captain Sinclair: I beg to ask the Under Secretary of State for War whether any number of Boer prisoners of war have been or are being sent to Ceylon; and, if so, how many, and to what place.
Mr Wyndham: Yes, Sir. Lord Roberts telegraphed on the 12th inst. that a body of prisoners would leave for Ceylon in a few days, but their number was not stated. Preparations have been made for the reception of about 2,000 prisoners and their guards at Bandarawolla, in the hill country.
Mr Maddison: I beg to ask the Under Secretary of State for War if he will state the number of men now in hospital in South Africa from causes other than wounds.
Mr Wyndham: It has already been explained to the House that it is not practicable to give the information required. The numbers vary from day to day and we receive no telegraphic information about them. I can, however, give the admissions at any place, at any date, if that will satisfy the hon. Member.
1900 - Death of Thomas Evans, of Middleton, North Warwickshire.
....News has been received that the Staffordshire Yeomanry have taken a prominent and creditable part in the operations which led to the surrender to General Hunter's force of Prinsloo and a large number of Boers. Although under heavy fire for some time the company escaped with very little damage, one man only, Private Evans, being killed, and one officer, Lieut. Clay, slightly wounded. Private Evans, who was aged 33, was one of the draft that went out in March to join the company. He belonged to Middleton, near Tamworth, and was an old cavalry man, having formerly been in the 18th Hussars. In a letter describing the engagement at Slabbert's Nek, Captain Bromley-Davenport, in command of the the Staffordshire Yeomanry, writes : "Poor Evans had no chance from the first; the bullet went in at the throat and out low down in his back. Of course, he was lying down at the time, and the bullet went almost through the length of his body. He died in the night, and Lieutenant Clay saw a very good grave dug and read the service over him, and also put up a stone with his name cut on it—also a wooden cross. His people will like to know this." Tamworth Herald, Saturday 22nd September 1900
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