1900 - Belfast occupied by Pole-Carew. Lieutenant Cordua shot.
From The Bookman, October 1900.
We have received the following brief letter from a correspondent, who does not give The his name:
"I read your various observations on the Boer War; and without making any comments of my own, I should be glad to have you express an opinion on the shooting of Lieutenant Cordua by order of Lord Roberts, after the lieutenant had been induced by a British spy to break his parole."
Lieutenant Cordua was an officer and an educated man, who understood the established rules of war. He had given his parole not to engage in any hostile acts against the British, and in consideration of this parole he was released from imprisonment. This being the case, it is quite immaterial who induced him to violate his pledge as an officer and a gentleman and to engage in a plot involving murder. He did so violate his pledge; he was discovered; and he was then very promptly and very properly shot. - H. T. P.
From Hansard, 14 May 1901:
Mr Swift MacNeill: I beg to ask the Secretary of State for War whether the principal witness at the trial of Lieutenant Hans Cordua, a German who went to the Transvaal in 1895, and who was sentenced to death by court-martial in Pretoria last August and shot for an alleged conspiracy to kidnap Lord Roberts, was one Gano, a Spanish half-breed and a member of the English secret service; is he aware that Cordua swore that Gano inveigled him into the plot by pretending to be a pro-Boer in the British employ, plied him with drink, and procured for him the khaki uniform in which in company with Gano he crossed the British lines, and that it appeared from the evidence that all the Boer prisoners who were approached in regard to this plot refused to have anything to do with it; at whose suggestion and by whose permission was Gano given liberty to move amongst the Dutch and their friends with bottles of whisky, khaki uniforms, and the countersign to pass through the British lines; and whether this plot was one of the causes of the issue of a proclamation by Lord Roberts that all burghers in districts occupied by British troops would be regarded as prisoners of war.
Mr Broderick: Gano referred to in the question was a police agent, and necessarily had facilities for movement about Pretoria and the neighbourhood. Through his agency the plot was discovered. Lord Roberts's proclamation was due to the continual disregard of their oaths by surrendered burghers.
Mr Swift MacNeill: Will the right hon. Gentleman answer the second paragraph, or must I repeat it?
Mr Broderick: I do not know the exact details.
Mr Swift MacNeill: Had this man the power to appear in khaki in order to seduce others from their allegiance?
[No answer was returned]
From the 1900 diary of Lt Burne, RN:
Friday, 24th August.—The winter is slipping away, and to-day I am writing in one of those horrible north-west gales of wind which knock our tents into shreds and whirl round us dust as thick as pea-soup. Our kop life is becoming a little monotonous but we manage to get on.
1900 - Lieutenant-Colonel Arthur Gregory Serocold Gregory shot himself.
SUICIDE OF A BRITISH OFFICER.
....Durban, Saturday Afternoon. —Col. Gregory, of the Royal Artillery, who had been placed on the retired list as medically unfit for service, committed suicide by shooting himself with a revolver at the Alexandra Hotel. The unfortunate officer had booked his passage home by the Gaika.—Central News. The Manchester Courier, Monday 27th August 1900
....From General of Communications to Secretary of State for War :—
Pietermaritzburg, 2d September.......
......Lieutenant-Colonel A. G. S. Gregory, Royal Artillery, committed suicide at Durban, 24th August. The Glasgow Herald, Wednesday 5th September 1900
His surname at birth was Wade, and he was born on the 6th May 1849, at Redbourn, Hertfordshire. The change of surname to Gregory occurred on the 22nd July 1897.
1901 - Private Pike, 74th Imperial Yeomanry, was wounded.
....The transport Orient arrived at Plymouth yesterday from South Africa with 401 Government passengers, of whom 217 are military invalids. An interesting but pathetic experience was that related by one of the invalids, Private H. S. Pike, of the 74th (Dublin Company) Imperial Yeomanry, to a correspondent :—Pike was shot through the hand on August 24th, when attached to Colonel Parr's Kimberley column. He fomed part of an escort of 200 men which was guarding a convoy on its way to Griqua Town. Quite suddenly about 400 Boers opened fire on the escort at a range of not more than thirty yards. Pike was early wounded in the right hand, while his brother, who had been with him since they landed at the Cape together on April 17th, was shot dead. Soon afterwards the Irish yeoman was again shot. Subsequently the convoy got through safely, but a number of our wounded fell into the hands of the enemy, Pike being among them. He says he was treated kindly by a Boer, who gave him a drink of water, and prevented others of the enemy from taking his boots and putties from him. Others of the wounded, however, were robbed of both boots and putties, and the dead were stripped of their clothing. Pike added that he saw one of his wounded comrades fired at by a Boer, and the bullet passed through the rim of his hat. Another man, named Wallis, who was wounded in this attack on the convoy, told the correspondent that as he was throwing up his hands in response to a Boer summons to surrender when surrounded, he was struck in the leg by a bullet. The wound was not a serious one, however, and the sufferer is now almost quite well. Nottingham Evening Post, Tuesday 3rd December 1901
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