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During the second phase — that is, after Lord Roberts had given over the command to Lord Kitchener, and while the enemy were reinvading Cape Colony and were making serious efforts to get at the lines of communication passing through the Colony — an immense number of small forces were formed, some to protect a district from invasion, others to guard towns and villages. Although these troops were most inadequately trained and had few officers of any experience, the most of them behaved well when the enemy appeared, and many did really excellent service. 

The New England Mounted Rifles were raised in the Barkly East District.  They suffered on many occasions during 1901 in their endeavour to keep their district clear ; and on 23rd September, near Lauriston, 1 man was killed and Lieutenant J. Giddy and 4 men were wounded. 

See the forum posts on the New England Mounted Rifles.

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 Surname   Forename/inits   Regimental no   Rank   Notes 
AndersonH J18PrivatePrisoner. Rhodes, 5 September 1901
Source: South African Field Force Casualty Roll
AndersonT45PrivatePrisoner. Lauriston, 23 September 1901
Source: South African Field Force Casualty Roll
BarnettWSource: WO100/284
BattersonEdwinSource: WO100/284
BattersonGeoSource: WO100/284
BensonHSource: WO100/284
BensonH194PrivateDemise: Killed in action 20 Jan 1902
Place: Barkly East Near Goedehoop
Source: In Memoriam by S Watt
BensonH194PrivateKilled in action. Goedehoop, 20 January 1902
Source: South African Field Force Casualty Roll
BensonHarrySource: WO100/284
BensonM GSource: WO100/284
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