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August 21, 1912.
[By W. A. CLEAVE.]
The Barberton Railway Smash: Terrible Disaster to Hampshire Volunteers: The Return Home—"All that was Left of Thimi" Compllmentary^Banqueta at Winchester 1 " B.P.'s " Welcome: A Chief Scout's Record.

r.t Hubert* Tho
Undoubtedly the moat tragic circumstance &&-aociated wiUt the South African campaign, judged, of course, from a local standpoint, was the terrible railway disaster at Barberton, which resulted in the loea of between thirty and forty liravu Hampshire soldiers' lives, in addition to many maimed and wounded. The calamity waa all the more pathetic inusmuoh as the term of sea-vice of the Second Active Ser-vice Company of the Hampshire Voluntas;*, who suffered so severely with their comrades of
people &f Southampton for their reption, referred regretfully to ttie fact that they had left thirteen of their ixmrades behind never to return.
in thanking the txuuk presided. In the presence of a brilliant | many occasions, which, he said, he oooJd 1
n pathetic
mipany Field Marshal Viscount Wolaeley pro-posed the Last of the troops, and in referring to the 41st Squadron raised by Captain Seely, maid tlieir achievements reflected tho greatest credit not only upon themaelvea, but upon the distinguished officer who commanded them. The squadron had met with tho general approval ,*f the three General officer* ujkIct whom it had served -(Soneral Ix^lie Bundle, General Harrington Campbell, and General XIa)ion. Four non commissioned officers <>f the Squadron had >ut to tho blockhouses in the neighbour- been recommended for distinguished conduct in hood. On Heir arrival *t Southampton the the geld, two nonBIjOCKHOUSE It may bs recalled that the Second Active Service Company of the Hampshire Volunteers were quartered alicut Barberton for the greater part of the time they were abroad, di/ing garrison and outjK»t duty. Their headquarters were at Barlweion, from whence detachments were
barking for England. At the time of fcho hall cutaatmphe the train in which tlwy were travelling waa proceeding down a atcep gradient when it got out nf control, and dashed along at the rate of about 80 milee an hour. On reaching a sharp curve tiio engine bounded aeveral feet into the air and turned a complete aomeraault. The couplings breaking, the rest of the train rushed on at a terrific speed. On* . truck left the linea about sixty yarda behind the engine, rolled over several times, and remained on its side. Three others left the metals almost simultaneously, and the fragments were piled op in a heap thirty yard* from the rails. Another wagon, after turning over twioe, remained on the edge of the donga, and still another caught againat tho pierhead d the bridge, and fell with all its living freight of thirty men to the bottom of the donga quite forty feet below. :
Unlesa at Spion Kop, or Sanna'a Poat, wrote Reuter s correspondent at tho time, no geld of battle in all South Africa during the campaign ; showed the same number of killed and wounded 1 in the same small space. Of 102 men 32 were | killed In a moment, and nearly GO were injured, many fatally. The Eampahire Volunteer Oom-pany, numbering thirty Bye men, undo- Captain Grant and Lieutenant Hoi brook, had ten men killed, and the whole of the dher twenty-five forming the contingent injured. The officers | fortunately escaped with a few bruises only; but | the lose of so many gallant comrades affected them very keenly. Lieutenant Parker was in com-mand of a Company of 2nd Hants Regulws, of whom no baa than 3* were killed, and il was .mall wonder that when, after the incident, he waa asked how hia Company had fared, he utterly bkAe down aa he replied, "I have nut any Company lofL"
Captain Longfldd-r'whose loss they all J—had fallen in Iwttlo.

. greater portion of the Hampshire Volun-Ccmpany lad fortunately left Harbenon r day. previous to the disaster, and were well on their way to Cap. Town when hearci of the terrible fate of their com-

Mr. William Anderson Knight, C.M.(
repay. That he had succeeded in gaining thai? oontklence would be to him the dearest reflection of his whole life. Colonel the Hon. H. Q. L. Urichton, who also spoke, alluded to the value of the services rendered by Colonel Woods training the Imperial Yeomanry at Christ* church. He recalled the circumstance thai tho regiment wss raised in 1793, and mentioned many notable names associated with it, including the late Sir Wyndham Portal (the fin* ? Fneman of Southampton) and tho late Ri^&t Hon. W. W. B. Beach, M.P., who joimad ## * . private, and raised himself by sheer hard work to be captain of a troop. Altogether the gather* ing was a very notable one.
Shortly after his return Captain Seely, M.P., waa promoted to tho rank of Major, and received the D.S.O. Never was honour more worthily won.
Nowhere was tho gallant defence of the * Maf eking tfarriaou followed witli greater ad- 5 miration titan in Southampton, and tho teloni 15 of Uonoral Baden Powell waa U10 occasion of , | much local rejoicing. The General mads the homeward voyage in tl*e Union Caatls liner... J Saxon, and on arrival was officially received -5\ by Iho Mayor and Corporation. The weather w hich . prevailed was of the moat wvstched * description, but it did not deter an onormowi conoourse of oitiaena from participating in the weloumo. The crowd naturally enough de- A manded a speech, and half apologetically B P. *• wmpliod. If there was any credit due for the i defence of Mafeking it was, he said, due to k those officers and men who carried it out. He H modestly added that he just happened to have jj the luck to be the senior officer present.
In addition to the Volunteer <*sualti*
tho«e of the 2nd Hants Regulars, the 4th Hants Regiment lost live killed. The victims of tho disaster were reverently laid to r«.t in Bar-berton Omterv, the! funeral seme, being im-pressively conducted by Major Crofts.
rrest attached to the return of
________*e«ka later, for there were
ni'an'v"gaps Tn~the nmks which would never be filled' In welcoming them home the Mayor of Southampton said unfortunately they had not only tad to contend enenuea of their
co^trv, but bad loat a number of their com-rsdes in a terrible railway a&ident. Not only the peopb of Hampshire, but the whole nation had been deeply gneved over the calamity.

In alluding to the catastrophe the Karl of N'orthbrook quite appropriately quoted the lines
"When Spring came to do her work of glad-
With all her x*ckle*e birds upon the wing, I turned from all she brought—
To those she cannot bring."—-Time alone, his lordship added, could heal such wounds as were inflicted by the RarberU/n disaster, but the relatives of the victims had the consolation that those who died did so in the service of their country just an much as those who fellatj Spion Kop or Magersfontein.
VIsrorXT WOI^EI^Y'R TRIBITE. „:d WoU ley recalled that the 41st Squadron , upon no K«ss than 85 occaaiona engaged in rations with the enemy, and announced that ing the whole progiess «»f the operations V one man had been made,prisoner, aiwl he

veil ng in a train
It was with tho cheers'of excited in his earn tluit the hero, of Mai ok ing loft for London. Later, it will be remembered, with J3 his hoaJth fully restored, Ueneral Bac^n PowsD returned to South Africa to command the M oujtod Constabulary.
Amongst thoee who rendered brilliant service during tho campaign was Mr. William Ander-son Knight, C.M.O., whose photo ia repro- A duced on this page. Mr. Knight wss in charge, at mining engineer, of upwards of ninety squat* ^ miles of territory in Bwaxieland when the war broke out, wid his services were gladly accepted on behalf of tim IVritiidi Government to act as ' one of the chief guides to Ueneral Officers of Brigsden. He having upent tiio whole of 'hia life in South Africa, was intimste with a great deal of territory in Natal, as well as being an accomplished linguist in the different dialects and Dutch languages. He was never a dsy ab- . ^ *ent from duty Uirougliout the war, fought in • thirty-two pitched battles, besides numbers ai | • littlo oytpoat affairs, and performed numerous dangerous exploits. (Seneral Duller, Cenesml ^5 French, and Oeoertil Lyttelton all sought nis S advice, and sp«*e highly of hia ssfvioea, tor | wjKidi he wsa awarded tJie C.M.O. Mr. Knight linn many local associations. His brother, Jo*** ' Ldcke Knight, the resident msgiaUate of % Alexandra County, Natal, also fought in Uw 3 \'mht war. aiwl received a medal. The Natal ^ nt in 1907 expressed,' through
ing the work «f the 50th Squadron, his lordship referred to the epidemic of fever which spread amongst them, fio le*a than 87 per cent, of the yeomen being affeete:! by It, and spoke ^
complimentary term* of the way they had dis-chargetl tlk-ir duties in the face of many ob- ; (knern
stscles. | Colonial Secretary, their special thanks to him
_ fiT preventing an insurrection at aoritical period,
CAPTAIN SKUY AND HIS COMRADE8. ^ ,f,lewd a .fecial record to bs mads, W A. at The t««st was acknowledged by Cbplain Seely, s^x-ance his position in the public service when
at Winchester, over which the Earl of N'fth varying k)alt) U
RONntRINn HA^IMHIRK YEOMANRY. The exploits of the Hampshire
ind their gallantry on
To be continued.)
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