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May 8, 1912.

[By W. A. CLEAVE.]
Departure of the Household Cavalry.—"God Blest the Guards."—Farewell Scenes at Southampton."—% Christmas Gifts" for Kruger. Tiding* of Disaster.—Magersfontoln and Colenso.—Death of the Marquis of Winchester.
Lord Solborne's comments on the Brit sh Reverses.
CHAPTER V. The announcement of the appointment of Sir diaries Warren to the command of the Fifth pivision was received with much gratification, and he had a ringing send off as he sailed away on board the Xoriiara Castle. The special saloon which had been referred for him at Waterloo bore on the window-pane the words, "Sir "Charles Warren, passenger to Southampton." One of his admirers in a moment of inspiration crossed out "Southampton" and substituted "Pretoria." Sir Charles did not notice the alteration until his attention wae attracted tc it as he left the train at the Docks, whereupon he laughed heartily. lie was well pleased with the prospect of active service again, and left to the accompaniment of patriotic songs and cheers. In the flush of this great enthusiasm ho had little thought of the hardship and heart-breaking bitterness he was decreed to endure later on.
When tilings were looking black, when the old country was in a tight corner, none, to their credit be it said, were keener to lend a helping liand than the Household Cavalry. The veriest neophyte in military matters knows that in point of physique the finest men in the British Army are to be found in the Life Guards. Who has not admired, amongst those who have seen them, the Household Regiments in all their glittering accoutrements on State ceremonial occasions in the city? Foremost in all the pageantry of peace, they were none the less eager to participate, in the pomp and panoply of war. South Africa was not an ideal spot for heavy horsemen, and so, when the Household Cavalry clamoured to go on active service, the War OfBce decided only to accept for service those whose averdupois was ltkelv to be an encumbrance. So a composite battalion was formed, drawn from Uio ! abd Second Life Guards and the Royal Horse Guards Blue. There were great scenes at Windsor and Knightsbndge as these British stalwarts left barracks on the morning of their embarkation day. The present Queen's brother, Prince Adolphu* of Tcck, wss attached to the First Life Guards, and left Windsor wi^: the detachment to the blare of martial music on Kotvmber 29th. The Duke of Roxburgh accompanied the "Blues." Lord Wolseley addressed the officers—many of whom had served with him in Egypt—before their departure. It had been arranged that they should sail in the Maplemore, a fine four mssted, single funnelled ve*eel, which wss moored at the Ocean Quay, a* tho men detrained in their smart new kharkl unifonns, with bandoliers slung across their shoulders, one could not but admire their magnificent appearance. Tiioy looked like the soldiers one see* on go*%eo*a coloured picture plate*. .Tbey hsd brought their own horses with them—typical cavalry charger* with glossy coats of dark brown and black. The horns were got on board by meana of a covered gang way located on the lower deck. Fine spirited steeds they were, :n splendid contrast to many of the Continents] remounts which one became so accustomed to see during later days. A squadmn of the 18th Human also sailed in the Maplemore, the whole being under the com-niand of Colonel Necld.
e Household troops were not allowed to depart without many farewell gifts. Lady Dudley, for instance, had sent them four cases of tobacco, enough, as one trooper remarked, to law them three voyage*. It was an inspiring moment when the Maplemore, having cast her oorings, moved slowly out into midstream. As the bund on board played ' God save tho ^uecn." the troops stood at attention on the forecastle, and every spectator ashore reverently uncovered. "Three cheers for the Guards—God i them" was the fervent cry. Prince Adolphus and Colonel Neeld could be discerned standing sido by side, waving their hands, as the vessel steamed majestically away. Amongst the officers accompanying the Life Guards was Lieut. II. W. Studd— another of the gallant band of Hampshire cricketers who went "to the front."
of Battles is no resp:ot«r of persons, bo they high or low, rich or poor^ On the battlefield all are equal. Death walks side by aide with senior officer and subaltern, ss he stalk* amongst the rank and file—Death remorseless, Death exultant, Death supreme! The British 11 oops on tho banks of the Tugela and Modder River were at this lime walking into the shade* of Death.
Tho second section of the Life Guards and Royal Horse Guards embarked on" the I'inemore on December 4th. Five days later the siege train left on the Tantallon Castle. The same vessel took out 20,000 rounds of lyddite shell and cartridges, eight 6in. howitser guns-Christmas gifts for Kruger, as one jocular trooper remarked—eiege carriages, trench carta,

had d6ne before. The house of Paulet had always been a race of soldiers. He was not the first of hi* line by many who had given his life for his country. For him, and for hie nobb comrades, men and officers, who had died with him ho would only say, in the immortal words of Tennyson, "Honour, honour, honour; -jj eternal honour to their names."
In the march to Modder River another young -* Hampshire man—Second Liouteqant L. W. I*»ng, a son of Mr. C. E. B. Long, of Down End, FareJiain, lost his life. &
The speech of Lord Sclborne, from which I have quoted above, was one of the most notable delivered after the reverses to which reference has been made. It was the speech of a Hamp- ^ shir© man to Hampshire men. At the time
A Military Telegraph -Sta
dteerttd. There was al tingent of enthusiasts eager to wish tho "boys" farewell, and there were always many far less enthusiastic—mothers and fathers, sisters and
Lord Selborne (who in later years, to his eternal credit be it said, did so much to soften the 3 acerbities of the past, and so much to weld Briton and Doer lb mutual bonds of reOpect) was in command of the Hampshire Militia. He ■<$ prefaced his remarks by observing that he did not know any experience more unpleasant than » the sensation of military reverses to one's 7 country. "It doe* not follow," ho proceeded, | "because we feel it so deeply that it la alto- -gethcr a bad thing for us. Two points occur "1 'to me at this moment. In tho first plage we "i begin to see how petty and insignificant ere 3 the interests of juiy trade, or class, or party compared with tho interests of the country. In : the second place I think, perhaps, it may teach us to think rather less of ourselves, and more of our forefathers. If what ha* happened is unpleasant to us, how greatly must we admire the courage and the resolution of our fathers all . through the terrible times of tho Indian Mutiny, and liow absolutely sublime tho determination and perseverance of ' our grandfather*
| through those series of years of tho war with J ' France. -What are our difficulties, what aro i our trials compared with those which our grandfathers went through in all those ysars | when the fate of England, the fate of the Em-! pi re, the fate of the world hung in the balanos!" Scarcely had the cheers wnich signalised the , ^ Shakrspeaw—
departure o( the Houaehold Cavalry .lied away j ,.„ow mU|) thcy kno„ Ellgiand>
when came the dread tidings of disaster with J who only England know"—
out parallel in modem British annals. We who his lord si tip pmpheaied that when the war waa hsd seen ths flower of the British Army kave mhould realise mow of England th&a
our .shores little thought then thst the nation ^ hitherto doosj and our anemisa would | would so speedily he plunged In woe. The ; .lill more. Ther* could b* only on* end
r, and that when the Union Jack too often (old to need repeating. SuBce | ^ Pretoria. After a glowing tribal*
may that the nation was cut to the quick, j ^ ^ bravery of the British soldiers in South 3 Africa, Lord Selborno made an impsssioned sp- • -i j peal to local Volunteers to play a worthy part J in the hour of the Empire's need. Tho Hamp'. 9 shire Regiment was about to leave our shores— .3
the Eastern TransVaal.
drag cannon into
On the following Saturday 4,000 more troops and 180 sets of " man liai left the Docks—tho Second Lancashire Fusiliers for soldiers to shoulder t in the Norman, the Second Royal Lancaster* position.
(forming part of the Lancashire Brigade) in the Dilwara, and the Second Middlesex Regiment in the Avondalo Castle.
The departure of troopships for several succeeding weeks was now almost a daily occurrence. The novelty had somewhat worn off.
The crowds one wss at first accustomed to see no longer gatliered in their thousands along the tragic tale of. Magersfontein aaid Colcnao has \ ^ quaysides But tho latter were by no meaiu goodly con
Who will forget how brave General Wauchope fell at the head of his gallant Highland Brigade, or how the Marquis of Winchester died with brothers—who had journeyed long distances to his comrades of the Coldstream Guards! Both
•ciations, for General j location
Farehani, whilst the Marquis
™,t and dca*»t to them W very cloM local I ^ „gime„t begun it. l,onW. in the
ictory ?r death. Tho UWhope received hi. education at Stubbing- j ^ ^ o( „Uch (ougbt ,t
i Malplaquet, and had
eve fed, and respected, not < n a\talwart soldier—of tho
only for his prowe® ho bit the dust
off to follow the flag—to
glapiour of war does not appeal to all alike
Amongst . $oeo who saw the ships go out-; rev so many of them—were wives who ail to<
were to become widows, mothers who all too ^\«n the banks of Modeler* River there was none
quickly were to realise the pain of final sever mono staunch than be—but for his many per-
ance from the sons they lovingly bore. Pride (tonal qualities and graces in private life. In
was ofttinuM blended with grief—#rief whioh referring to his death at the annual distribu-
blinded the eyre with tears, and tore the heart tion of prize* of tho 5th Hants Volunteer Bat
strings. The God of Battles hsd been sppealed tslioit a few days later, Isxd Selbqsn* said the
to. The God of Bsttha is wkntleSh. The God Marquis hsd died as many of his ancesks*
Blenheim, Rami Iks,
covered itself with glory over since. On* then recalled the line* of the late Poet Laureate: "There is-a sound of thunder afar,.
Storm in tho south that darkens the day I Stonn oI battle .and thunder of war I Well if it dp not roll our way.
Storm, stonH, Riflemen form!
Ready, be ready against the storm! Riflemen, Riflemen, Rifle mm, form I (To be continued.)
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