Another POW question based on an extract from the BSAP Commissioner's 1901 - 1902 Annual Report.
"On March 7th 1902 Sub-Insp. Agar and 23 men on escort duties were captured."
Gibbs in his history of the BSAP(p.247 Vol 1) says Lt (not Sub-Insp) Agar and 18 men were captured at
The Commissioner said four members of the Force were killed - named them as Rhodes, Campion, Coney and Cakebread.
Four from 23 is 19. This seems to suggests Gibbs is in error saying 18 men were captured.
Whether the Boers captured 1 plus 19 or 1 plus 18 isn't too important.
What I'd like to know is what the Boers likely to have done with their P.O.W.'s on this occasion?
The BSAP k.i.a. on 7 March 1902 were
Trp. 1177 Edward Mortom (or Newton) Cakebread No. 2 Division
Trp. 1123 William Joseph Campion No. 2 Division
Trp. 1423 Sidney James Coney No. 2 Division
Sgt. 785 Charles Edward Rhodes - Division unknown
All died at Tweebosch in the Transvaal and were initially buried at Klip Drift.
Sometime in the 1960s all graves were moved to another site at Ottosdal.
Hickman covers the deaths in Vol.2 of his "Rhodesia served the Queen" pages 278 and 323. He doesn't.
however, say what happened to the Sub-Insp Agar and the other BSAP P.O.W.'s
Years later after the war, Agar wrote to Hickman and details of the letter were
included in "RSQ". Agar, doesn't, however, seem to said what the Boers did with
him and the other members of the Force once they had been taken prisoner.
Any assistance, comments and a possible reference would be much appreciated please. I suspect,
however, the Boers held onto their prisoners for a day or even just a few hours, took all the
prisoners valuables, including boots (and possibly trousers) and let them walk back to their bases
minus their weapons and dressed only in their shirts.