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1900 - Ian Hamilton occupied Oliphant's Nek
1901 - SAC capture Boer laager near Middelburg.
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1900 -
"Twyfelaar, Saturday.......
....Lord Strathcona's Scouts reconnoitred yesterday [17th] to the north-east. The enemy appeared at several points, but until late in the afternoon no firing occurred. A large party then showed on our left on the main road to Belfast, and heavy musketry fire followed. We also brought a Maxim into action. One trooper was wounded in the wrist. The Boers formed laager at Everard's Farm, ten miles north-east of Carolina. They also have small laagers at intervals between Everard's Farm and Machadodorp. The Boers admit that in the Carolina skirmish Commander Smuth, who was second in command, was wounded in the abdomen."
The Sheffield Daily Telegraph, Monday 20th August 1900


1944 - "The funeral took place at Axminster on August 17th of Mr. Albert Anning, of North-street, who died on Monday morning in the Cottage Hospital, to which he was admitted the previous night. He was aged 63. A native of Colyton, Mr. Anning spent the greater part of his life at Axminster, and worked as a mason; He was a Boer War veteran, and also served with the Devons throughout the last war. He had suffered in health ever since, and underwent a serious operation at the Devon and Exeter Hospital three years ago. His final illness lasted only a few days. His wife died ten years ago, and he leaves a family of eight daughters."
The Western Gazette, Friday 25th August 1944

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