In "The Siege of Kimberley" (p47) mention is made of "a brisk little encounter with the enemy near Otto's Kopje… One of the men of the Cape Police, Division 2, named Parker, was mortally wounded..."
In "Kimberley under Siege" (p77) the incident is also briefly mentioned: "...Mounted troops, under Col Scott-Turner, engaged the enemy near Otto's Kopje about 4 pm and did damage. Our losses: one killed (Trooper Parker, Cape Police), one wounded..."
However, the circumstances surrounding Parker's demise is forcefully brought home by the entry for 11 November in Nurse Francis Wookey's diary, as published in "Summer of 1899" (p133): "At 10.30 pm the ambulance came up, bringing a Cape policeman. The first thing he said when he was put on the operating table was 'I wish you would let me die at once'. He is shot right through the body and cannot live long. Every few minutes he asks how much longer he has to suffer. It is terribly sad".
[email protected] wrote: Hi, Can anyone tell me what geographical areas Cape Police District 1 and 2 covered or were they mixed up.
The district boundaries were changed from time to time. Broadly speaking, at the time of the ABW, District 1 covered the eastern Cape, with HQ at Port Elizabeth, and District 2 covered the northern Cape, with HQ at Kimberley.