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BSAP POWs February 1902 7 years 1 month ago #19159

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Dear All,

This is an extract from the BSAP Commissioner's Annual Report for 1901 - 1902.


"On 25 Feb 1902 near Klerksdorp Insp. Ingham and 20 men were escorting
some guns in a convoy that was attacked and captured by the Boers. Sgt.
Scholes and two men were wounded."

The report clearly states that they were attacked and captured. Or did he mean
the guns only were captured?

Maybe in fact it means that the members escorting the convoy were also captured.

In the early months of the war the Boers were taking many of their P.O.W.'s through to
Pretoria. However, the city was liberated by the British in June 1901 and all P.O.W.'s,
including a number of Rhodesians, some of whom were members of the BSAP, were released.

My question is what were the Boers deployed in the Western Transvaal doing with their P.O.W.'s in February 1902 and in particular Insp. Ingham and the other 20 members of the BSAP?

I've looked through Harding and Gibbs and couldn't find an answer. Hickman's
"Rhodesia served the Queen" has been checked and he doesn't seem to
give an answer.

Any help/comments and a reference would be much appreciated please.


Kind regards,

Geoff

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Hello Geoff

Again I have checked WO108/372 and the only mention of prisoners is that men were taken individually, there was no mass/organised surrender. The action was a quite chaotic with men defending the guns, others getting away and Boers galloping all about.

The official casualty rolls does not list any men as prisoners, just "missing - released".

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