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Magerfonteln. The OlsastM to tho Highland Brlg.d..-Roy.l Solicitude lor th. wound.d 01 Lord Wlnch..t.r.-Th. .pl.ndld .ehl.v.m.nt. ol Colon., Stacpole.—Royal Recognition.—" The Finest Transport omcer sfnca the Time of Moses."
Tl>o official new* of tho campaign at Litis t:mo was nocwearily scanty. "Hie censorship waa vary rigid, and we had to await the ar. rival of Uio mail far details of the various engagements. Sergeant Orinstead, one uf the aurrirora of the Black Watch at Magerafontein, in writing to his brother at Southampton, sent homo a vivid account of tho disaster. It was on the Sunday afternoon of December 10th that the Boor position was shelled till dark without Nsponae. At night tho troops bivouacod in the open in a drenching rain. They lay wet to the skin until 12.30 a.m., when the Highland Brigade, with tho Black Watch leading, advanced in'closo formation. They had no idea they were so near the enemy, and were laugh-ing and talking to each other when a terrific musketry fire rang out from six or anren thou-sand rifles. General Wauchope, who was lead-ing the Brigade, ahouted "Extend," and hia men opened out aa best they could in the Cimmerian gloom rnd rushed blindly on. Tho next, order waa to fix bayonets, and the bravo Highlanders managed to get within 200 yards of the Boer trendies. Just as tho General gave the order he dropped, shot through the cheat, and as tho Captain, Lieutenant, and the Colour-Sirgoant were dead, Sergeant Grinstcad waa loft in charge of what remained of his Company. When he paw it waa certain death to go on be shouted, "A" Company, lie down, take cover." There they lay for sixteen hours under a murderous firo and the marvel was that anyone came out alive. As a matter of fact the Brigadier, Colonel, two Captains, three Lieu-tenants, and over 100 of the regiment were killed, 14 officers and 228 men were wounded, and 75 missing out of a total of 982. Of the 108 in Sergeant Grinstsad's Company 31 were killed, 52 wounded, and aoven missing. Of his own section only four emerged unscathed. ROYAL SOLICITUDE FOR THE WOUNDED.
During the war members of the Royal Family frequently visited the wounded soldiers at Nodey Hospital. On February 9th, 1900, when Queen Victoria was expected, Uiero were at Netk-y about 800 invalids, nearly 700 of whom had recently arrived from tho Cape. Over 300 of them had received wounds in action, and the remainder had been stricken, by disease—it ; was nearly always enteric, "generally brought on through drinking impure water. Her Majesty ; was unable to fulfil her promise,-but Princess Christian and Princess Victoria made the journey from Osborne in her stead, and distributed choice flowers to the sufferers. Tho men's pleasure at receiving such a sweet token Of sympathy was plainly manifest. Tlio Prin- ! oesscs inspected about 50 wards, a special oh- | ject of interest being tho bravo little bugle boy Dunn, who waa wounded in tho arm at the battle of Colcnso. In the wounded wards especially there were sights to make the heart bleed—bravo men who had lost their limbs, and had their bodies torn with shot and shrapnel, but there was nevertheless a gleam of hope and cheerfulness on every countenance.
A fortnight later Bugler Dunn was summoned to Oabome, where the Queen warmly commended him for his pluck, and presented him with a silver-mounted bugle.
The body of Urn late Marquis uf Winchester was brought to England. Tho remains were borne by tho s.s. Sicilian to the Royal Albert Docks, London, and cremated lat Woking. Tha um containing the ashea waa subsequently placed in an oaken coffin, made of weed groan on the deceased nobleman's estate, and con-teyed to Amport St. Mar), the Hampshire seat of the Paulet family. The oeremony waa con ducted with full military honours, a detadi ment of lb* Cddetr*am Uiwrda-the regimes* ic which the Maxquia belonged—forming the firing party, whilst )he band and buglers of the w*i-ment, til in full unifcrm, were in attendance. No l«aa than fifty conveyances were in raiting at Andover Station for the mourner* a:*! others who journeyed from London. The Queen was
represented l»y Colonel the Hon. H. Legge, and the concourse at the Cemetery was representative of all sections of the community.
A pathetic note in the obsequies was furnished by the war charger of the late officer, led by the groom, and bearing the dead officer's top boots reversed. Upon the coffin, swathed in t^e folds of the Union Jack, were planed the Marquis's bearskin and sword, together with a wreath of laurel leaves, to which was attached a 'gold heart, on which was inscribed the words "To the bravest and the truest Aymus Loyaulte'"—the family motto. Tlie Coldstream Guards sent an exquiahk floral representation of the badge of the regiment, and tho sad ceremony over the buglers sounded the "last Post."
Concerning Lord Winchester's death a writer recalled at the time that those who saw him off observed that ha was not in very good
dutieSv.over, his litanic task achieved, he left King, who presented him with the
tho town with his well won and modestly worn of a Commander of tho Royal VfUarian Order,
laurels. Hia Majesty, in handing it to him, took thai
l'riur to coming to Southampton Colonel (then opportunity of expressing hia admiration of
Major) Stacnole served with the Royal Welsh the skill with which the difficult
ltd whilst acting as Deputy Assistant Adjutant-General at York, was appointed by the Secretary of State for War a member of tlie Qommittee to inquire "whetner tho terms and conditions of aorv for soldiers, including deferred |«y, were, hav. ing regatd to the existing establishments of the army, such as to enable the drafts for India sud the Colonies to he sufficiently met."
It is almost unnecessary to recapitulate the"' enormous work Colonel Stacpolo performod at Southampton, though those who knew him will not soon forget how lie facilitated tlie arrangements to-induce Lord IWierts, Lord Kitchener, and Sir Ik dvers Buller to make a short stay in Southampton on their return from South Africa, and how lie afforded facilities for tho
spirits. Ho loved soldiering, but he also loved his country home in Hampshire, every inch of which was known and dear to him. Ho was a splendid sportsman—in ^ahoft, the ideal country gentleman—and it was only the call of his country that could have induced him to leave at all. The bravery, and even recklessinm. with which he faced death, became the more heroic when it is remembered that the poor fellow went into the fight with -the certainty that he would never return to his good and loved home, in one of the loveliest counties of fair England.
As I have already indicated, the great bulk of the embarkation work devolved upon Colonel John Stacpole, whose, splendid powers of organisation gained for him at the time . the reputation of being "the finest transport officyr since the time of Mow*// During the whole period of the way^Uolonel Stacp* le was one of the busiest, as well as "one of the most picturesque ptnsunages of the port Dwcended from one of the most ancient families <»f County Clare, he represented the best typ*--of Irishmen, and genuine regret was felt when, his
people to view the return of other distinguished officiis and bodies of troops from South Africa, not to mention the Indian tioops quartered in Southampton Docks on Uu-ir arrival for. the iVmmation festivities.
Throughout tlie lung trying period over which hostilities extended, Colonel Stacpole displayed a kindness, thoughtfulnew, and innate urbanity which won him the respect of all sections of the community. To the relations of tho troops h- was especially considerate. There was nothing haughty or imperious almwt his manlier ; ho was always a perfect gentleman, and when hia military duties for the day were over he was always welcomed in local aocial circlus, where lus r« a^y Hibernian" wit and merry humour gained for him "troops of friends." It was, therefore, a great pleasure to Southamp-tonisns alien the late King Edward, a short time after he come to tlie throne, sent for Col. Stacpole on board tlie Royal yacht Victoria and Albert to think him personally for the seal and assiduity he had displayed in the exercise of his arduous and responsible duties as Embarka tion Officer at Southampton. Colonel Stacpolo v. as met at the door of tho state cabin by the
barkation hsd been organised at Southampton, ]j and Queen Alexandra, whoso deep and womanly' interest in the hospital ships fitted out for the and report upon-* bendit of the sick and wounded naturally I ' compelled her to keep well informed aa to all
that happened at Southampton, added a (aw gracious .words The Colonel was further congratulated by the Duke of Connaught, who at the time was a gueet on the Royal yacht.
")IADE THE WORLD WONDER." ' Other lionoum were subsequently paid him, including a CVsnpanionship of the Order of SL Michael and St. George. The writer recall* many flattering tributes to tho manner ia which Colonel Staqwlo performed his duties at Southampton, including a letter from the ' Right Hon. Walter Long, M P., after he had spent two days at Southampton witnessing the embarkations, which rah s "You must let congratulate you very warmly upon the mar* vellous success which haa attended tho eniborka- : lion of the troops at Southampton. It ba# ' n«sdo tho world wonder."
His Royal Highness the Duke of York (now ; King George V.) also sent congratulations to the Colonel upon hia promotion to a Brevet Colonelcy /'after five months' valuable services at Southampton." Considering his splea- ' did record iw is, perhaps, surprising tliat more tangible honours did not come his way. Never ' were they better deserved. In this connection it may bo recalled that on hia retirement in 1904, after serving his Sovereign and country "Nr nearly forty years, more than one official organ of tho Press urged that his services should receive greater recognition than had up to that period been accorded him. Tho "Broad ' Arrow," in commenting on his retirement, said * . "Tlie King has lost a gallon* officer, and the nation tho services of a good man since the retirement by tho ago clause of Colonel John 9 Stacpolo, C.V.O., O.M.G., on the 21st Novem-j ber last (1904). His last post was at Southampton on the staff commanding tho Convalescent Depot, but the name In no way described the work of Colonel Btecpole. It is not too much to say that since tha first troops * despatched from Southampton to South Africa 1 Colonel Stacpolo has been the guiding spirit of tho move to and fro of more than a quarter of a million men. Not his knew ledge of the technical details of his work only, but his on. , tiring vigour, his tact, his - jinruffled temper, his courteous} kindly, thoughtful manner, con-stituto him in reality, as someone said in jeet, the best transport officer since Moses.' Yet Colonel Stacpols'a rewards have been few. Apart from a decoration gracioualy bestowed oo him as a personal recognition by his Majesty the King, a Companionship of the Order of St. Michael and St. George is all ho has received, J but he lias gained the admiration and gratitude of the whole army, and, indeed, the nation. We wish him many years to enjoy the "otium cum dignitate' ho has ao fully earned."
It may bo added that Colonel Stacpole, In addition to superintending the embaikation and debarkation of nc&rly 300,000 men at Southampton, shipped about 32,000 horses to the
On his retirement from tho Army Colonel Stacpole was made a Justice -of tho Peace for Hampshire, and in March, 1907, he wis married, at Cromer, to Isabella, second daughter ^ of the Into Minhael Iliiflip UmWxrook, of £ Hag ley Court," Worcestershire, on which occasion lie/ received many congratulations from his Southampton friends. It is worthy of note Uiat\ his charming wife is descended on her mother's side from Quean Philippa of HainaulL Since their marriage Colonel and Mrs. Stacpole have resided at SliarvelLs, Milford-onSea, near Lymington, where in Uie eventide of life he doubtless recalls, when in the mood for reverie, those stirring times in which he played so conspicuous a part when Britain and Boer were

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