“In the determined attack by the Boers on Caesar’s Hill in the early hours of the morning of 6 January, the Border Mounted Rifles acted as escort to the 53rd Battery, R.A. Later, No. 1 Squadron, under Captain Royston, were detached and sent to reinforce a party of Gordon’s on Caesar’s Hill, with whom they remained all day. Four of his men: Troopers F C Fox, J H Gold, B H Lawson and P R Hulley, were killed, and Corporals F A L Larkan and Colin Wilson wounded. Two of the men escorting the guns (Troopers H D Archibald and H Dante Archibald) were wounded.
Sergeant-Major Fraser writes interestingly on this battle: -
An officer of the Gordon’s told Royston to reconnoitre. He went forward himself and saw nothing, though the Boers must have seen him. Then he called out it was all right and for his men to come on, and they crossed the flat near the edge of the hill, in open order among the stones, just under the edge, instead of crossing the flat.
Suddenly a number of men appeared on the edge and, instead of at once bolting for cover, the BMR appear to have hesitated a little, until somebody called out – They are the Boers. The Boers fired and our men bolted for cover and opened fire. Four B.M.R. men were killed and two wounded. F C Fox, one of those killed, was, at one time, an officer in the R.A.”
“Rough but Ready” by E Goetsche, p82.