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[By W. A. CLEAVE.]
Further Mafeklng Rejoicings.—Sidelights on the Siege.—Return ol the ttrst Southampton Ambulence Contingent.—Dr. Lauder's Heroism.—The Hospital Ship Maine.—Tragic Incident at the Docks.—The Fall ot Pretoria.—Hampshire Yeomanry In Action.
Tho local Mafeking rejoidnga concluded with a great demonstration on the Marlands, where a vast multitude, numbering fully 20,000, attended an open-air concert and display of fireworks, organised by Southampton sportsmen. Amongst the tlirong was a party of German soilon* from a torpedo boat which was lying in the Docks, and they were greatly interested in the proceedings. Six bands were present, viz., the Town Band, tlie South Hants Temperance Band, the Training Ship Mercury Band, the drums, fifes, and bugles of the Bittern© Lads' Brigade, and the Band of Bo wis Town, with drums and fifes. The Bittcmo boys wcro attired in red shirts and white knickers, whilst their drum was swathed in the folds of the Union Jack. Tho set firework pieces included portraits of Queen Victoria and General Baden Powell. Each illumination was greeted with great enthusiasm, the exhibition of the Queen's portrait being the signal for the singing of the National Anthem. Mr. C. Lamport acted as Chairman of the Committee responsible for the arrangements, and Mr. I). Kelly Whit-Jock as lion, secretary. The town was brilliantly illuminated at night, and cheering crowds perambulated the High-street and Above Bar until * late hour, singing patriotic song*.
At Eastleigh, too, there were gnsU rejoicings. A big precession was organised, headed by the Bailway Works and 'Volunteer Bands, the local Fire Brigadea, and a company of torch-bearens. Tho local Oddfellows also fell into line. Coloured fires flared from the Central Club, whilst the decorations were on an unprecedented scale.
At Lyndhurst " Brusher" Mills, the snake charmer, was got up to represent President Kruger, and was driven through the village by a pair of donkeys—tandem fasliion. In every village and hamlet in the county the inliabi-tauts fouiul vatrious ways of ceWbrating the relief of Mafeking.
Nor was the gallant garrison less exultant. Many brave men and true had laid down their lives to keep the old Hag Hying, hut the end justified the sacrifice. They did not die in vain. Among the white combatants 22 officers were killed, wounded, or misaing, out of 44— exactly 50 par cent.—and 190 of the rank and 6k, out of 975. Th* Queen'a WrUday,
clmmiawg with the happy new* of deliverance, was made the occasion of a dinner, to which General Baden Powell invited the commanding officers of the relieving forces. Tho menu was necessarily simple, but that circumstance did not in the least depress the company, which was jovial to a degree. In the course of the speechmaking.' B. P." aaid the men of the Southern force had made a march which would "lit* in hiatory. There had wdy been one thing Jike it in mud«m days^ond that waa Lord Rolierts' march to Kandahar. Tlie defenders had merely done their duty, which was to stand to their arms arid fight to the end.
Mr. Southwell, who served with tlio Mafeking v» ' Town Ouard, threw-some interesting sidelights «i on the aiege on arriring at SouthampUsi. The D garrison, he declared, suffered severely from m shortage of food. They had to eat burse flesl^ tl: and donkey Mesh, while the bread waa made (f hugka of o*eat, mixed with fat to make it adhen;. Fortunately tliey liad plenty of good water, or the ilea til roll would have been very much larger. During, the latter daya of tlie siege all hope bf relief had vanished, hut tliere was no llmught of surrender. Sunday was looked forward tf hy !dl in th* garrison, and on that day spurts wrre held, and tlie towns-people tried to forget the hardahipa which the t-ks brought them
years' old extra special whisky," tlie^proceeds of a gunner just as the transport which waa
to be devoted to the Mother Superior for the Itringing him home arrived in port. The occur-
henedt of herself mnd Sisters." rence formed the subject of a pathetic poem
HOME AUA1N. : I? H. D. Rownaley in the "Weatminsler
Hie first bstdi of tlw loiul Volunteer Medical tissette." In opening tlw writer explained
C<»:pa returned home early in July, 1900. They , gunner of Mattery A,
ibeicd thirteen, undo
ml of Staff
He diaiik of the donga's pad accurst,
Sergeant Colls, and comprised lance Corporal gbkened slowly the usual Coilbett, WvsU* Cavitt, Kbnrne, Wetton, Mer Thsto in the mouth and a terrible thirst. (Jricourt, Swannell, Welsh, Day, Collins,
Martin, and Marsh. It may he mentioned that Private Mervin was attached as orderly W l>r. Watson Cheyne, consulting surgeon on Lord Roberts' staff, and was present at the battle of Paardebcrg. Dr. Purvis and ten of the man , first sent up to Orange River, and later ; joined the others at Bloemfontein.
Th* local ambulance men worked most amic- | bly with their Regular comrades during the | hole time they were on duty in South Africa, j I)r. Lauder subsequently returned in charge J of the sick troops on the Monteagle. The gal- j lant doctor, after leaving Orange River, joined ] the 5th Mounted Infantry as regimental doctor, being present at Paardeberg and the fights round Cronje'a 1 soger. Later he was present during the fighting at Thaha N'chu and Wepener. From thence he proceeded to Kroon-atadt, Lindley, and Heilbron, afterwards striking west across the Vaal River. He aubse-quently participated in the advance to Johannes ' burg, where'some sharp fighting took place, and j the m.voh to Pretoria, being present when the I Union Jack were hoisted on tlie Iknemment ; building». Throughout the war Dr. Lauder's | conduct was described as most heroic. He frc- ! quently exposed himself to heavy fire in his , gallant efforts to resoue the wounded, many of j whom owed their lives to his courage and Ida j
Among the Southampton Volunteers who surrendered their lives at duty's coll was Private C. H. Illscv, of the Ambulance Corps, who succumbed to enteric. Ho had volunteered for service in the enteric hci^ital, and, like a soldier, paid the price. " I volunteered for it," ho wrote home shortly before he died, " not because I liked it, but to loom. We are not on a pleasure ea*m*ion by any means." Poor fellow! His comrades will keep his memory
Illsey died the day Lord Roberta annexed tho Orange Free State, about an hour after the p reclamation. Amongst thoae present at the I funwral service was Dr. C^uuui Doyle.
later tho painful news arrived that Staff-1 Sergt. Seaward and Private W. F. Puddick, also members of the Southampton Volunteer Hospital Contingent, had " crossed the border." Sergt. Seaward was one of the first to join the ambulance mrpa. He was formerly a mendier of the Hants Yeomanry, and his death was widely deplored. Voting Puddick was only 19 vears of age, but rendered qdendid service.
Solicitude for the British wounded was not confined to tips country. Thanks to a Com-milt*-* of American ladies the s.s.. Maine was fitted out as a hospital ship, and when the, vessel arrivetl from Cape Town with its first contingent of invalids H.R.H. Princess Louise, Duchess of Argyll, caifh; to Southampton to meet it. H.R.H. journeyed down the river on ,f Wight Company's saloon steamer Solent Queen, aiul l*oarded the Maine off Cal fhot. During the run into port the Princess visited all the wards and spoke kindly words to the patients, also presenting each with A silver medalbearing a portrait of the ship and the United States and British Msgs. Lady Randolph Churchill also interested herself in the arrangements for the sick soldiers on board.
A few Javs later Queen Alexandra (then Princess of Wales) visited Southampton to inspect jspital ship, Prince* of Wales.
And there as he lay in his drowse and his pain,
Ho babble^ of woods in the old homeland, Of a girl lie had left in a Hampshire lane,
With the rose in her bosom, the fern in her
After describing the soldier's delirium the poem proceeded:—
Then he woke from his weeks of the long wild dream,
And smiled and said, "Shall I ever see The willows down by the Hampshire stream, And the girl I left who is waiting for me!" And again—
We sailed through the heat of the tropic.seas. We passed the Rock and we crossed the Bay, The easiest man in the world to please
Was that home-going gunner of Battery A.
Like ship full-sail from the Channel rise.
The stately Needles; on either hand The green woods under the Junctide skies
Slope and gleam to the Solent atrand.
Tlie last verso ran—
"Now, Ood he thanked, and I see it again,
This dear old land of my heart!" he maid, And the joy aiid the thought of the lass and the
And the Hampshire forest, the man fell dead.
RRAVE SPORTSMAN'S DEATH. As I have more than once pointed out, English cricketers -despite Rudyard Kipling's ill- I natured gibe--rendered splendid service during , the war. Brave Frank Milligan, of the York- | shire county eleven, was one of those who fell 1 whilst serving with Colonel Plumer, in the opemtiuns to the north of the liesieged garrison. We in Hampshire had often admired his , prowess in the cricket field, and on his dead body, pierced by Boer bullets, was found his county cricket card, filled up for tho coming
Lieut. Edwin Harland, of tho Hampshire Regiment, was nl*o killed in action outside Mafeking. He had been serving as a special officer with Colonel Plumer in the Ithodesian Regiment. Plumer's force had for nunths Ikvii practically isolated as far as news was oonearned, and when Mafeking was relieved both officers and men were eager for information of tho progress of wenfs, and none anxious than Lieut. I far land. Within 2A he was dead - -phot clean Urn,ugh the head, while attending to Major Bird, who had been wounded in three places.
Trooper A. B. Cooto, of the Duke of Cambridge's Yeomanry, and a well known Trojan, was also severely wounded.
The rapid march of Ix*rd RoUula after I ear-g Bloemfontein had a demoralising effect on
tkm to the east of Senekal. The enemy we:* well ported, and, being in greatly superior force, endeavoured, by a smart fianking movement, to cut off the Yeomen. Tho manoeuvre, however, was quidcly noticed, and the Hamp-shire men fell back upon their centre, wherol Captain Seely. with a half section of men, admirable cover ahmg a dry watercourse. The Boers tried hard, but failed, to shift him, and j were at length driven Iwick with some loaa.-Trooper Dwdge, of (Jumanl, near Cowes, warn killed during the engagement, and Tnxper*^ Roach and Pike wounded. The former waa one\ of the oldest and most popular members of the Island force.
In the same action Private Andrew»r of Foivlwun, performed a plucky action by gallantly rescuing Sergt.-Major Foulkea, who had I tail liia horse shot under him. Previously to joining the Yeomanry Andrews waa a cyclui in "K" Company, Sixl Volunteer Battalion: Hants Regiment, an«l played full back for the Fareluun Football Club. Captain Joluiaon, oK the Hnnts Yeomanry, also had a narrow
Though the hark of the Doer resistance waa lireken with the relief of Kimberley, Lady-smith, and Mafeking, and the evacuation of the Tnuisvaal and Free Stat? capitals, tnanm-ports left and arrived at England almost daily. During the first nine months of tho war no less tium 230 tnxipslwpa sailed from our shores, at least two-thirds of tliem from Southampton, taking out over 180,000 officers and men, 36,000 horae#/400 guna, and 9,000 Ummap*& waggcJi*. In addition, thare wore sent out 11 general hospitals, five stationary and 27 field hospitals, and 18 hearer companies for the oaM of the wounded. Hwee were manned hy 470 military and 360 civilian doctors and surg«i)n#y 530 Hum's, 3,500 R.A.M.C., 500 Volunf 1.200 St. John Ambulance Corps, and Militia AmWlance Corp*. To deal with th^ l-ostol and telegrapliic work of tho vast army 580 telegraplusts (including many from South amptou) and 3,500 postal officiala left their homes. During the same period over 500 invalid officers and 10,000 non-commissioned ctra and men came back.
Tlie way tliese enormous forces were handled mmited the wonderment of the whole oivilised.^ world. " Wlmt country," asked the " Rappel,' ummenting on tho South African operations^
"Mafeking Moil," which diilv ahells permitting," reHected the splendid man she personally preaented spirits maintained by the besieged troops. It to the noncsnmisemned olRcors and Colofuals waa sold for a shilling, and chronicled the ex-' citing Iwpptnipga from day to day. The pub lisher did not refuse advertisements. Thus:
'flM-ll* (or sale. Psir of 15-poondsrs. singly ne iogetlwr. ^kolutely perfect specimens." There *sa also a notice of & ralHe for a case qf 21
she gave a copy of the New Testament. The caver 'Was emblazoned with the Royal Standard, Union Jack, and Red. Cross Mags.
One of the most tragic incidents attending the homecoming of the wounded waa the death
could have transj»«>rted so many treops such a dLSance, and what country could bars ex- , (tended with such esse sudi an enormous sum for a conquest so remote?- What country would have supported tho first disasters with such I *orenit\ Y The British fJolossua is not a colossus, h""" with U of cky."
I ' One of the most amusing embarkatiosi inci-dents attended the departure of tlie Ccrflc Militia, one of whose number, to the amuaS-J i meait of his comracb-s, repeotedily called f(*J i " Clieera fir Kruger." This strange enthusiasm; ' pwv«J(wl mudi comment, and when tho regf-1 nient was on board the transport the OotondB ' summomxl the offender before him, and told him sternly that he had better return to I-arracks,} tho Boers. Kruger fled in haute from his c*pi- ^ a wjM> w«iuld cheer for Kruger was
tal, the Britieli jiriwsiers within the citadel I a mn|l ^ Hgjlt ^ the Queen.
w«tu released, ami tlie famous siege, so long .. ^n> wj,y yliur Iksioiu-T" asked the
and confidently predicted, ended in a complete Mililjannn. in surprise. " Shure, if it wasn't ♦ fas-'o. Neither did Jolianneeboig offer serious for tll- 4||vil we wouldn't be goin' to -.
resistance. The denouement of the drama was ! at an«"
not unexpected, for signs of de^mir in the Hie Colonel roared with laughter, and i*at^ ranks of tlio Boern had for some time been j *ilh the'n-st.
nudtiplying. Ik fun, Uie swift and irresistible . "UOD SAVE THE QUEBNT
.f Ixud lU/berts'" legion, the enemy 1 ,\niongst the wounded who arrivyf at South:
\ hopelessly outwitted ami outmatclied. Hie 1
iinptoii frern the front \
American youth,^
utilise the strong posi wjU) jlations they had prepared, and at every point |lit at tju. battle of l'aard,"l*?g He was sof-
Ixnd Roberts' strmkgy disconcerted them. 1 faring from rheumatism, caused by lying long on
ertheless, some fighting before j ^ Wt.t after a knee wound. An appeal
ned acrompan^d hy Princ*. Victoria. | ^ I^TThil'W.alf by *s Mayer to ^
" "-----t:-*:----1 uflicient funds to take him to his home ia
Spens. the Hampshire cricketer, distinguished himself by his handling of the Shrtfshire Light Infantry.
During the general advtmce a contingent of Hampshire Yeonu^iry found themselves in a tight comer whilst reconnoitring a Boer poei-
in, for which he was very grateful. Ha -took pari in no less than 28 engagements be-fore receiving his, wound, and his last words on '■ mailing fur the Hatea were "Ood as*s th#"! Quren!"
(To be continued.)
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