Thankyou for that snippet of information. The next order is also interesting in the fact that Capt. Chesney came from India with the Bhistie Corps. When he joined "B' Squadron he brought some men with him.
59 Bhistis are taken on strength of the regiment for service in connection with the pack animals. They are posted to "B" Squadron from May 28th, 1900.
Homeward Mail from India China & the East Monday 18th June 1900.
“At the request of Lord Roberts, the Government of India have agreed to the retention in South Africa of the officers who were sent from India in charge of the corps of bhisties”
And finally there is this, being the only comment I have found on the workings of the Bhistie Corps during the war.
Under these circumstances the flagship and gunboats proceeded to Delagoa Bay, and the half of Strathcona's Horse which they had been escorting returned to Durban, and there entrained for Bond's Drift (on the Tugela), and marched to a place a few miles north of Eshowe, where orders awaited them to march back again to Durban. So, with their 700 pack mules and 1100 bhistis, in charge of Captain Chesney, 17th Bengal Lancers, they began the 130 miles march, which they accomplished in three days, a feat that has not been equaled, with pack transport, during this war, which is saying a good deal, when beaten " records " in marching have been of constant occurrence. On July 1 Strathcona's Horse first came under fire at Greylingstadt, and from that time to the first week in August marching and fighting with General Clery's Division were the events that diversified the days. On the 7th of that month the chief part Strathcona's Horse had to play in this great drama was given to them when they were attached to the 3rd Mounted Brigade going north from Paardekop, with General Sir Redvers Buller, on perhaps the most difficult march of the campaign, though not the longest, which is an honour that belongs to the Winberg column.
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