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Release of British Prisoners from Watervaal 8 years 1 month ago #11681

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David,

Great stuff. Many thanks indeed - what wonderful research. Bet they'll be a fair few updating their casualty rolls!

A couple of notes:

1. Very interested in seeing the names of the 'lost' 13th Battalion Imperial Yeomanry who Roberts expected to release from Pretoria at the beginning of June 1900 and who ended up in Nooitgedacht for a further three months.

Though you have proved that a few of them ended up in different camps which I wasn't previously aware about.

2. Having served in an infantry battalion it's striking how the lists show great swathes of soldiers struck off strength and out of the firing line. Some Battalions must have been down to remnants and there were no BCRs in those days.

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Justin,

It must have been like a regimental depot day in the camp with so many familiar faces.

I was wondering how many guards were tied up at the camps and whether there were any other escapes other than the famous one?

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David,

Thanks. Off the top of my head and not a complete list:

- From the Officer's camp Pretoria: Captain Haldane, Lieutenant Le Mesurier and Sergeant Brockie I.L.H. (masquerading as a Lieutenant Natal Carbineers)

- From Nooitgedacht: Trooper William Dixon Kimber 47th Company, 13th Battalion I.Y.

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The final names from Nooitgedacht. From The Times 27 Sep 00:


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Justin,

I had not heard of Kimber before but see he later made Lt and there is a publication about him: "Memorials of Charles Dixon Kimber, lieut. 48th co. Imperial yeomanry, by his sister Ada Thomson. (London, J. Nisbet & Co., Limited, 1902), by Ada Thomson.
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I found this interesting snippet from the Ipswich Journal, 2 Jun 00:

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