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Cape Times Weekly Edition   Papers of the 4th and 11th Jan. 1899  are missing.


Cape Times Weekly Edition 18/01/99

p1b    15 Army officers sailed from Southampton by mail steamer Roslin Castle, Harlech Castle and Goorkha a few days before Christmas.

    The Harlech Castle left Southampton Dec. 22 with 8 officers, 303 men, 12 women and 17 children for Cape Town . Included were:

    Liverpool – 80 men

    1/KRR  – 164 men

    RAMC  – 20 men


p5b    Dateline Bulawayo, Jan. 13.     3 Volunteer troops have been formed there.


Cape Times Weekly Edition   25/01/99 Nothing noted.


Cape Times Weekly Edition   01/02/99

p1a    The S.S. German (7,000 tons) arrived midnight Saturday with some pedigree sheep and some pens of prize poultry. Also 6 Pullman cars for the road to Rhodesia. Passengers included were Lt.-Gen. Sir Reginald O. Beauchamp and Capt. Somerset Saunderson.



p5a    Col. Southey inspected the Diamond-Fields Horse at Kimberley Jan. 25, 1899


    Col. Southey inspected the Kimberley Rifles Jan. 26, 1899 with 239 out of 256 being present. Long service medals were presented to Capt. A.J. Wright, Co. Sgt.-Maj. Fyvie, and Sgt. Richards.


p10c & d     Recruiting is being carried out for the Cape Peninsula Garrison Artillery. Recruiting is slow. 600 authorized but less than a third have answered the call.


Cape Times Weekly Edition    08/02/99

p1a-d    Karri Davies is in Egypt on business and will proceed to China. Maj. Buchanan Riddell is to succeed Col. Forestier Walker in command of 1/KRR in South Africa . Col. Morgan Crofton, D.S.O. , A.A.G. is to retire from that post July 13. Col. J.J. Scott Chisholme gives up command of the 5/Lancers at Maritzburg, Aug. 12.  Col. H. Paget, C.B. retires from the 7/Hussars June 26.

Intended military forces for the Cape for 1899-1900 are: 2 Regts. Cavalry, 2 Cos. G.A., 3 Cos. F.A. and 1 Mountain Battery, 1 Fortress Co. R.E., 7 Inf. Bns. - about 7,000 Imperial  troops.

Jan. 1899. 27 sailing ships arrived this port, 12 British, 6 Norwegian, 3 German, 2 French, 2 Swedish, 1 Russian, 1 Italian.


p5c    Dateline Durban, Feb. 4. Maxim guns arrived for the Durban L.I. Vols.

Cape Times Weekly Edition    15/02/99

p1a     Lt.-Col. J.S. Nicholson, Commandant-General of N. Rhodesia on tour with Maj. Everett.


p13e    Pay scale for Western Rifles camp, 30 Mar.-03 Apr., listed here.  Maj. R.A. Finlayson, commanding the Kimberley Rifles


Cape Times Weekly Edition   22/02/99

p1a , b, & c    Maj. E.J. Carroll, Kaffrarian Rifles and Pte. M. Murray, Prince Albert’s Guard received Volunteer long service medal.  Among the passengers on Carisbrook Castle who left England on Saturday for the Cape is Mr. Wools Sampson. Mr. Henry Colenbrander was mauled by a lion and died in the Belingwe district.  Lt.-Col. Rowan Hamilton returned to the Cape by the Greek last Thursday.  The Royal Berkshire Regt, at Graham’s Town have received two Maxims.


p5d    Details here on Colenbrander’s death


Cape Times Weekly Edition    01/03/99

p1a    Lt.-Gen. Sir William Butler, K.C.B. and Col. Morgan Crofton, D.S.O., left Cape Town by mail train for Ladysmith to review health conditions.  Col. W.G. Morris, C.M.G., C.R.E.., assumed command of the Cape district in Butler’s absence.


Cape Times Weekly Edition   08/03/99

p1--    The Carisbrook Castle took on a draft of 100 men, including Capt. Withycombe, Lts. J.B. Tulloch and G.C. Hall, to reinforce the troops at Mauritious. General W. Black retires. Capt. the Hon. Robert White (Jameson Raid) retires. Lt.-Col. Hall will succeed Col. Owen Hay as commander of artillery in Natal. Passengers on the Scott were Capt. C. Wilson and Mr. J. Smuts.


Cape Times Weekly Edition   15/03/00

p1    The Avoca docked Thursday with the 1/Loyal North Lancashire Regt. from Ceylon. Troops numbered 18 officers and 936 men .  Listed were: Commanding is Lt.-Col. R.G. Kekewich, others are, Majs. J.R. Fraser, W.H.E. Murray, Capts. M.A. Humphreys, C.E.A. Jourdain, G.H. Wylde-Browne, T.H. O’Brien, Lts. J.J. Lowndes (Adj.), H.J. Gill (Qm.), F.J. Bowen, A.R. Wallace, C.H.M. Bingham, F.W. Woodward, 2/Lts. R.B. Flint, W. Clifford, A.W. Hewett, A.M.G. Webster.

    Capt. C.P. Foley (Jameson Raid) is now serving with the West African Rifles. Capt. the Hon. Charles Coventry is serving in West Africa.

    The 2/King’s Royal Rifles will sail to-day for India in the Avoca.

    Tablet dedication for those lost in the Bechusnaland Campaign of 1897. List of those present and list of names on the tablet.


Cape Times Weekly Edition    22/03/99

p1e    The 2/KRR embarked in the Avoca Wednesday for India.


Cape Times Weekly Edition   29/03/99  Nothing Noted


Cape Times Weekly Edition   05/04/99  Nothing Noted


Cape Times Weekly Edition    12/04/99

p1    Col. E.O. Hay, R.A.  has been reassigned and Lt.-Col. E.H. Pickwood will replace him.


Cape Times Weekly Edition    19/04/99

p1    Gen. Sir. Wm. Butler and Col. Morgan-Crofton arrived at the Caledon sanatorium for a stay.  Capt. Cumming, Kaffrarian Rifles, married Blanche Ebden at East London, Wednesday. The Arundel Castle left Cape Town for England Thursday night and will make an unusual stop at Mossamedes in about 4 days, They will land 35 settlers who have been in the Cape buying stock, implements, etc.  Maj. Murray, Lts. Bowen and Bingham, L. N. Lancashire Regt. in charge of Honor Guard for Visiting Matabele chiefs at Cape Town .


Cape Times Weekly Edition    26/04/99 Nothing Noted


Cape Times Weekly Edition    03/05/99

p1    Capt. Frank Johnson, Mounted Co., D.E.O.V.R. from Cape Town to Mashonaland.  Col. F.V. Corbett, R.E. to Natal (Irrigation expert).


Cape Times Weekly Edition   10/05/99  Nothing Noted.


Cape Times Weekly Edition   17/05/99

p1    The Avoca arrived at Durban last Wednesday with 528 officers and men of the King’s Royal Rifles and departs with 500 time expired men and details.  Lt. Johnstone of the K.R.R. marries Miss Harris at Simon’s Town.  Lt. Col. Evans Gordon and Capt. Sewell arrived in the Scot.  Col. Morgan Crofton, D.S.O. sailed for England in the Tantallon Castle last Wednesday.


Cape Times Weekly Edition    24/05/99 Nothing Noted


Cape Times Weekly Edition    31/05/99 

p1    Gen. Symons has been gazetted to command of the Natal garrison.  Col. George Gosling and family arrived here by the Norman on May 25.


Cape Times Weekly Edition    07/06/99

p1    John Hays Hammond has left johannesburg for Rhodesia on a 3 week visit. 

    The Gascon arrived from England Sunday had on board 513 officers and men made up of the following:

    1/Rifles  – 160 men

    Leicester  – 125 men

    Dublin Fus.  – 85 men

    10/Hussars  – 39 men

    FA  – 36 men

    5/Lancers  – 26 men

    ASC  – the remainder


    The Gaul is embarking, in England 200 troops (relief drafts) on Saturday.

p6    Dateline May 31, Bulawayo.  A detachment of artillery left for the south this morning.

p13    Two column write up on wedding of Florence Harris and Lt. Richard Johnson, KRR. Many names listed.

p2 of the supplement.  – Picture of Col. J.A. Spreckley in a group picture.


Cape Times Weekly Edition   14/06/99

p1 Gen. Sir W.F. Butler, KCB and staff and Capt. Jenner meeting the Governor’s train on his return to Cape Town .


Cape Times Weekly Edition    21/06/99  Nothing Noted


Cape Times Weekly Edition    28/06/99 

p1    Maj.-Gen. Sir William Penn Symons, C.B., has arrived at Delagoa Bay and tranships to the Gascon, leaving for Durban to-day.


Cape Times Weekly Edition    05/07/99

p1    The Gaul arrived here Sunday afternoon with 182 men of the 23rd Field Co., R.E. and proceeded on to Natal. Maj. S.R. Rice in command, Lts. E.V. Turner and H.L. Meyrick, and 2nd Lt. R.J.T. Digby-Jones.


LT.  07/07/99   (Friday)

p8a    The general officer commanding in South Africa has been authorized to complete the transport arrangements for the troops in his command, and the following special service officers have been ordered to proceed to South Africa : Brevet Colonel R.S.S. Baden-Powell, 5th Dragoon Guards; Capt. & Bt.  Maj.  Lord E.H. Cecil, DSO, GG; Lt.  Hon.  A.H.C. Hanbury Tracy, RHG; Maj. & Bt.  Lt.-Col.  E.A.H. Plumer, York & Lancaster Regt; Capt. & Bt.  Maj.  A.V. Jenner, DSO, RB; Capt. & Bt.  Maj.  A.F. Pilson, RDF; Capt.  H.  McMicking, RS; Capt. & Bt.  Maj.  W.D. Bird, RWS.

    Their duty will be to organize the residents as well as the police and local forces at various points on the frontier.


LT.  08/07/99 (Saturday)

p13e    A number of officers R.E. and A.S.C. have been placed under orders for immediate service in South Africa .  Among those proceeding from England are Col.  C.H. Bridge, Lt.-Col.  G.  Stanley, Bt.  Lt.-Col.  W.F.H. Kincaid, Maj.  S.R. Rice, Capts.  E.R.O. Ludlow, T.D. Foster,  W.R. Stewart and F.R.F. Borleau; Lts.  E.V. Turner, G.C. Fuller, H.L. Meyrick, R.L. McClintock, H.  Musgrave, R.H. Creig, and 2nd Lts.  C.R. Johnson, R.J.T.D. Jones.  All will embark at Southampton to-day for special service in South Africa (Probably the Goorkha)


LT.  10/07/99 (Monday)

p10a    The Goorkha sailed from Southampton for Cape Town Saturday.  She carried the 22nd Co. and 41st Co.  A.S.C. each comprising 2 officers and 75 men.


LT.  12/07/99 (Wednesday)

p13e    The 73 Battery, R.F.A., has been selected for service in South Africa .  It is the fifth under orders to proceed to South Africa in August, the others being the 18th, 20th, 62nd, and 75th.  Thirty machine- gun carriages were sent from the Royal Arsenal, Woolwich, for shipment to South Africa .  They will be provided with ball cartridge (Mark IV) as used in the service rifle.


Cape Times Weekly Edition   12/07/99

p1    Capt. H.F.H. Clifford, 1/Suffolk, ADC to Gen. Butler arrived from England by Avondale Castle.


LT.  19/07/99 (Wednesday)

p12c    The following officers will leave Southampton on Saturday for South Africa by the Union Company’s steamer German:

    R.G.A.  Lt.  G.R.H. Nugent and 2nd Lt.  H.L. Murrow

    1/North Lancashire Regt.  2/Lts.  W.J. Fietcher (H.J. Fletcher) and J.B. Wells

    1/Liverpool Regt.  2/Lt.  J.H. Batten

    2/Yorkshire Regt.  2/Lts.  E.V. Brooke and H.C. Johnson

    From the Cape Times Weekly Edition add Lt.  J.R. Nugent.  23/08/99 p1b


Cape Times Weekly Edition   19/07/99

p1    U.S. Cruiser Chicago at Cape Town .


Lt.  20/07/99 (Thursday)

p6d    Note here on the Mark IV cartridge.  Also LT.  25/07/99, p8d


LT.  26/07/99 (Wednesday) p10b.    Pay for officers seconded to services in Africa.


Cape Times Weekly Edition   26/07/99 Nothing Noted


Cape Times Weekly Edition    02/08/99

p1    The following ASC officers arrived by Goorkha on Sunday: Col. Bridge,C.B., Lt.-Col. Stanley, Capts. Foster, Ludlow, Atkinson, Walton, Lts. Pedlar and Richards.  The Dunottar Castle arrived at Cape Town on Tuesday, 25 July. Among the passengers were Maj. Lord E. Cecil, D.S.O. , and Col. Baden-Powell, and Lt. the Hon. A. Hanbury-Tracey. At East London a Mounted Rifle Club was formed. Capt. H.G.R. Lambert and Lt. R.A. Weare are members.


Cape Times Weekly Edition , 09/08/99 (Wednesday).  Page 3, Col. 1.  Dateline Durban,

Aug.  5.

    The steamer Bulawayo brought 5,000 tons of Army Service supplies.  The Clan Matheson has also discharged 480 cases of dynamite and 20 cases of detonators.


LT.  10/08/99 (Thursday)

p3a    Dateline Cape Town Aug.  9.        The chartered steamer Braemar Castle left to-day for Natal with the foot section of the Liverpool Regt.  on board.  The Doune Castle with the mounted section sails at daylight to-morrow.


Cape Times Weekly Edition    16/08/99

p1    Some on Mark IV cartridges and mentions that Mark IV cartridges have been sent to South Africa in large amounts.


p2    Dateline 12 Aug.  Lourenco Marques.  The Reichstag brought 401 cases of cartridges for the Transvaal Government.  Dateline Lourenco Marques, Aug. 12, 2.30 p.m.  A consignment of war material for the Transvaal government that arrived by the Reichstag is being detained by the Portuguese authorities. Included were 15,000 rifles. Another report states the previous concerning the 15,000 rifles is without foundation.


p4    The Liverpool Regt. is being readied to embark in the Braemar Castle for Natal (Durban) and the Doune Castle is fitted for 200 troops, 158 Mules and 115 horses for Natal.The Braemar Castle will take 885 men of the Liverpool Regt and some details. Officers listed are: Lt.-Col. L.S. Mellor, Majs. O’D. C. Grattan, S.L. Cotton, Capts. J.M. Longfield, M.S. Adye, W.S. Bannatyne, C.J. Stevenson, K.L. Tupman, W.R. Rawlinson, Lts. C.L. Parmiter, V.T. Bailey, F.J. Austin, G.H. Brush, I. Depiro D’Amico, G.A. Howard-Vyse, L.M. Jones, Adj., B.J. Finch, QM.,  2/Lts. G.A. Wilkinson, R.C.R. Jones, W.Y. Hunter, L.R. Schuster. Both ships sailed Thursday morning.

    The Carisbrook Castle arrived Aug. 8, with 200 tons of military stores

 Recruiting here for Baden-Powell’s force in Bechuanaland. Pay scale : Pte.- 5s., Cpl.- 6s., Sgt.- 7s., S./Sgt.- 8s., per day.  Dateline Pretoria, Aug. 14. Mausers are being offered in exchange for the Martinis.

    Dateline Durban, Aug. 14. The Doune Castle arrived with 123 horses, 158 mules, and baggage of the Liverpool Regt., Preserved meat, biscuits, bush wagons, Scotch carts, a Maxim, poles for river bridging.  The braemar Castle docked at 7.30 am with 700 officers and men of the Liverpool Rget.

    Dateline East London, Aug. 9. The Goorkha arrived to-day with a military draft for Natal.


p5    Dateline Bulawayo, Aug. 9. Col. Plumer and 8 special service officers arrived last night.


LT.  21/08/99 Monday.  p4c.  Article here on ammunition shipments to Boer Republics.

p6c    Lt.-Gen Sir.  F.  Forestier-Walker left Southampton on Saturday in the Norham Castle for South Africa to take command of the troops at the Cape.  He was acccompanied by Capt.  Hughes, ADC, Lt.  Beale-Browne, 9th Lancers, will follow in a few days.

    Earlier in the afternoon the Goth left Southampton for South Africa.  She will embark 1000 troops for Natal at Gibralter.


Cape Times Weekly Edition    23/08/99

p1    The German arrived at Cape Town 5 p.m., Aug. 15, with the following special service officers: Lt. J.R. Nugent, 2/Lts. H.J. Fletcher, J.B. Wells, J.H. Batten, E.V. Brooke, H.C. Johnston, and H.L. Marrow.  Dr. Jameson has arrived back in Bulawayo.  Gen. Digby Willoughby sailed for home in the Dunottar Castle.  G.T. Nicholson appointed Captain and G.H. Sandeman appointed Lt. in the Cape Garrison Artillery.  Lt. Lord Charles E. Bentinck arrived at Cape Town  by the Gascon.


p2    Dateline Lourenco Marques, Aug. 17. The shipments of arms for the Transvaal by the Reichstag is still being detained.

    Dateline Lourenco Marques, Aug. 18. The Koenig is expected here soon with a large shipment of war material for the Transvaal.

    Dateline Lourenco Marques, Aug. 19. The Koenig has arrived here with a further 2,000 cases of cartridges.

    Dateline Lourenco Marques, Aug. 21. The Koenig has brought 3,000 cases of war material.

    Dateline Kimberley, Aug. 15. 28 men have left here to join Baden-Powell’s force.

    Dateline Graham’s Town, Aug. 15. Maj. Bird is recruiting here for Col. Plumer’s force and some 20 have already joined.

    Dateline Queen’s Town, Aug. 18. Capt. Marsh of the West Kent Regt. is here recruiting.

    Dateline Bulawayo, aug. 18. Men in Plumer’s force are at drill all day.

    43 men left here Friday night for Mafeking in charge of Lt. A. Hellawell.

    Dateline East London, Aug. 18. Capt. Fitz-Clarence has enlisted about 90 men here

    Dateline Mafeking, Aug. 21. Col. Hoare’s Protectorate Regt. is being rapidly mobilized.

    Dateline Mafeking, Aug. 21, Major Vivian has gone to form a camp at Ramathlabama, 16 miles north of Mafeking. Col. Baden-Powell, Lord Edward Cecil, and Capt. Wilson left last night for the North.


p3    Dateline Maritzburg, Aug. 21.  Gen. Penn Symons arrived at Ladysmith this morning. Maj. Saville, A.O.D. and Col. Stanley, A.S.C. are at Ladysmith. Sub-Conductor Rees, Staff-Sgt. Saunders and Sgt. Hall, A.O.C., have arrived here with 14 special service provates.

    Col. Stevens and Lt. Griffiths are at Aliwal North on the way to Basutoland to buy 2,000  horses.


LT.  24/08/99 (Thursday).  p8d.     Lieut.-Col.  J.F. Burn-Murdoch, 1st Dragoon Guards, has been accorded permission to attend the forthcoming manoeuvres in Germany.


LT.  25/08/99 (Friday).

 p4d.      Dateline Gibralter, Aug.  24.  The Manchester Regiment, over 1,000 strong, left for the Cape to-day.


p4f.    The Arundel Castle left Southampton yesterday afternoon for the Cape.  with 30 officers and 841 men.  770 belong to the 1/Royal Munster Fusiliers and 60 to the RAMC.  Listed are:

    Royal Munster Fusiliers --  Lt.-Col.  Evans, Majors Hall, Penny, and Stewart; Captains W.C. Oates, G. Macpherson, C.G. Bowen, C.L. Hendriks, and  J.K. O’Meagher; Lieutenants E. de H. Waddington, W.A. Hutchinson, R.E.M.  Pakenham, R.A. Caroll, G.J. Ryan, and H.S. Jarvis; 2nd Lts.  C.R.  Hall, A. Tyrrell, D. Wise, C.H. Jardine, J.C. Dick, and J.C. Canny; Capt. & Adj.  G.D. Crocker and Lt. & Qm.  J.  O’Connor.  (Additional information from Cape Times Weekly Edition , 20/09/99, p8a)

    RAMC – Major Julian and Lt.  Nickerson.

    Capt.  Seriven, 5th Lancers, 2nd Lt.  Russell, 1/Leicester Regt., 2nd Lt.  Britten, 2/Royal Dublin Fusiliers.

    The Umvoti leaves the Thames to-day with war stores for Natal.


Cape Times Weekly Edition    30/08/99

p1    Lt.-Gen. Sir W.F. Butler, K.C.B. left for England by the Norman. Also on board was Capt. Clifford, A.D.C.


p2    Here articles concerning trading in of Martinis for Mausers and the problem of a Mauser blowing up.


p3    Article here concerning use of the Lee-Metford ammunition in the Boer Mauser!!!

    Dateline Durban, Aug. 23.  The Umgeni has arrived here with 114 packages of combustables and gunpowder. 16 of these are for Delagoa.  Maj. Evans of the Natal Mounted Rifles is recruiting here

    Dateline Johannesburg, Aug. 23.  The Transvaal Government has acquired about 250 tons of lead through a local wholesale firm.

    Mention here of passenger trains being shot at in Natal.


p4    Here long article concerning Protectorate Regt., Rhodesian Regt., and Ramathlabama Camp. Julius Weil is catering the camp.  Officers mentioned are: Col. Hore, Maj. Godley, Col. Baden Powell, Col. Plumer, Maj. Vyvyan, Capt. Marsh, Capt. FitzClarence, Lord Cavendish Bentinck, Maj. F.D. Bailey, Capt. Vernon, Maj. Badie, Capt. Stafford,


p5    Lt.-Col. Spreckley White and Capt. Knapp command squadrons under Col. Plumer.


p6    Long article here on arms and ammunition from Cape Colony to Orange Free State.


Cape Times Weekly Edition    06/09/99

p1    Lt.-Gen. Sir F.W.E.F. Forestier-Walker, K.C.B., C.M.G. is expected to arrived to-day by the Norham Castle. (Gen. Butler’s replacement)


p4    Dateline Durban, Sept. 4. On Friday a million rounds of ammunition were forwarded from the Point to Maritzburg and Ladysmith.

    Dateline Ramathlabama Camp, Sept. 1. Col. Hore and Maj. Godley have joined the camp here.


p5    Dateline Lourenco Marques, Aug. 31. The German brought 175 cases of cartridges, 16 cases of wads, and 172 cases of bullets for Martinis.

    Dateline Lourenco Marques, Sept. 2. 2 Trucks of rifles stored here have been released


p7    Dateline Kimberley, Aug. 30.  Lee-Metford rifles are being issued to Volunteers here.

    Another Mauser incident here



LT, 08/09/99,

p3a.  Dateline, Simla, 07/09/99.  Warned for shortest

notice for service in SA.  A cavalry brigade - 5th DG, 9th Lancers, 19th

Hussars, No. 18 Field Hospital. An infantry brigade - 1/Devonshire Rgt.,

1/Gloucestershire Rgt., 2/K.R.R.C., 2/Gordon Highlanders, Nos. 11 & 24

British Field Hospitals.  A brigade of field artillery - 21st, 42nd,

53rd Field Batteries, sect A & B of No. 26 British Field Hospital, plus

misc. units.

LT, 09/09/99,

p5a. Dateline Simla, 08 Sept. Subject = Indian movement to SA.  Lt.-Col. C.B.H. Wolseley-Jenkins, 19 Hussars will command the cavalry brigade, Lt.-Col. J.H. Yule, Devonshire Regt. Will command the infantry brigade and 3 batteries of R.A. will be commanded by Lt.-Col. J.A. Coxhead, R.A. The Gloucesters and KRRC will embark from Calcutta and the rest from Bombay.  The following to command troops.

    Cavalry Brigade

Commander - Lt.-Col. Wolseley-Jenkins, 19th Hussars

Brigade - Major Crawford, Veterinary Officer

Staff Officers - Maj. Bethune, 16th Lancers; Maj. C. Hamilton, RA;

    Capt. Kenney-Herbert, Northamptonshire Regt.

Medical Officer - Maj. J.F. Donegan

Commissariat - Capt. Thompson, Assistant, Lt. Toogood, Border Regt.

Transport - Lt. Geoghegan and Lt. Abadie, 11th Hussars

Signalling - Capt. Sloane-Stanley, 16th Lancers

Provost - Lt. Fryer, 6th Dragoons

Veterinary - Capt. Fowler

    Infantry Brigade

Commander - Lt.-Col. Yule, Devonshire Regt.

Staff Officers - Lt. Col. J. Sherston; Maj. Mullaly, RE; Maj. Murray

    Innskilling Dragoons

Medical Officer - Lt.-Col. S.H. Carter

Commissariat - Capt. Sanders & Capt. Thompson, Connaught Rangers

Transport - Capt. Hennessy & Capt. Noble, Yorkshire Regt.

Signalling - Lt. Pollok, Black Watch

Veternary - Lt. P.J. Harris

    Artillery Officer,

Commanding - Lt. Col. Coxhead; Adjutant Capt. Walker

Medical - Maj. Kelin (?Keelan)

Veterinary - Lt. Wilson

    Dateline Bombay, 08 Sept.  The 19th Hussars and 21st Field Battery are to leave Secunderabad on 18th inst. The British Field Hospital at Bangalore will accompany them.


LT, 11/09/99,

p5a. Dateline Simla, 10 Sept.   A Maxim gun accompanies each regiment for the Transvaal. Majors Mahan and Fowle, RA accompany the ordnance park.

    p5f   An unusually large porportion of women and children landed at Plymouth on Saturday (09 Sept.) From steamer Tintagel Castle from Delagoa Bay and Cape Town.


LT, 11/09/99,

 p5f     Orders received on Saturday (09 Sept.) At Aldershot for the 1/Northumberland Fusiliers to be ready to embark about 16 Sept. for SA. They will probably embark from Southampton on board the Union Company’s steamer Gaul for Natal. The 2nd Brigade Division R.F.A. to embark in about ten days for SA and the 1/Royal Sussex Regt. To be ready for the Mediterranian. The 14th Hussars and G and P Batteries of R.H.A. are under orders for SA.

    The 2/Royal Scots Fusiliers, 700 strong, left Chatham for Aldershot. The 2/ Loyal North Lancashire Regt., stationed at Dover is to depart for Malta to replace the 1/Border Regt. which is to embark for SA. The 2/Royal West Kent Regt. to Egypt to take the place of a battalion which is to embark for SA.


LT, 12/09/99,

p3e    Dateline Bombay, 11 Sept.   Twenty-two transports have already been chartered. Of

these18 belong to the British India Steam Navigation Co., two to the Peninsular and Orient Co., and one to the City Line.

    Dateline Calcutta, 11 Sept.   Up to the present the Government has engaged the steamers Purnea, Henzada, and Nurani to convey troops and stores to Durban.


p4c    Other than troops in India, the troops under immediate orders for SA are:

1/Northumberland Fusiliers - Aldershot        2/Rifle Brigade - Crete

1/Border Regt. - Malta                1/Irish Fusiliers - Egypt

To these will be added a brigade division of field artillery and necessary medical and supply.

2/Royal West Kent Regt. changed from Malta to Egypt, Lt.-Col. E.A. Grove, commanding, will embark for Alexandria at the Royal Albert Docks tomorrow.

    Bt.-Lt.-Col. J.S. Ewart, Cameron Highlanders, D.A.A.G., Davonport, and Bt.-Lt.-Col. E.W.D. Ward, C.B., D.A.A.G., Home District, to SA and sail Saturday in the Tantallion Castle.

    Col. C.E. Beckett, D.D.G. of Ordnance leaves for Cape Town Saturday.

    An Aldershot correspondent lists the following for service in SA.

O & R Batts. R.H.A., 4th, 38th, 78th, 37th, 61st, and 65 Howitzer Batts., Supply Colomn and Field Bakery, Supply Park, 1/Royal Scots, 2/Northumberland Fusiliers, 2/Duke of Cornwall’s Light Infantry, 1/Gordon Highlanders, Nos. 19, 14, 40, 13, and 11 Companies A.S.C.


LT, 12/09/99,

p4c. Immediate orders for service in SA. 1 & 2/

Northumberland Fusiliers (Aldershot), 1/Border Rgt. (Malta), 2/Rifle

Brigade (Crete), 1/Irish Fusiliers (Egypt) and the following from

Aldershot: O & R Batts RHA, 4, 38, 78, 37, 61, and 65 Howitzer Batts,

1/Royal Scots, 2/Duke of Cornwall's Light Infantry, 1/Gordon Highlanders

and Nos. 19, 14, 40, 13, & 11 Cos. A.S.C.


LT.  13/09/99. 

p6c.  Rattigan seconded in Gazette.


Cape Times Weekly Edition    13/09/99

p1    Arrivals by Wednesday’s mail steamer were: Capts. Van Renen, Mangles, C.M. Ryan, M.J. McCarthy, P.C. Scott, all ASC; Lt. & Qm. T. Doherty and Staff Sgt.- Majs. Salter & Long.


p2    Dateline Lourenco Marques, Sept. 9.  The French steamer Santa Fe brought 63 cases of ammunition for the Transvaal Govt.


p3    Dateline Ramathlabama, Sept. 8. Baden-Powell, A.D.C. Capt. Wilson, Sgt.-Maj. H. St. Clair Malley and Orderly Roon Sgt. A. Elder, Prot. Regt. here.  Dateline Mafeking, Sept. 9. The cape Police have exchanged their Martinis for Lee-Metford rifles.


p8    Lt.-Gen. Sir F.W.E.F. Forestier-Walker, K.C.B., C.M.G., arrived Wednesdau noon by the Norham Castle. Among those in welcome were: Cols. Morris , Trotter, Hanbury Williams, Southey, Spence& Wade, Lt.-Col. Homan-ffolliott, Majs. Du Cane, Tamplin & Inglesby, Capt. Watermeyer & Logan, Lt. McKenzie, 2/Lt. Vance, and Surg.-Capt. Cox.


p9    Reports from Simla state that the following will be prepared to proceed for South Africa :

5/Dragoons, 9/Lancers, 19/Hussars, Devonshires, Gloucesters, 2/King’s Royal Rifles, 2/Gordon High., 21st, 42nd, and 53rd Field Batteries, and 4 Field Hospitals.



LT, 14/09/99,

p4e    The Gaul, Union Line leaves Southampton at daybreak on Saturday for Natal, direct. It

will carry 200 tons of war material. Brevet Col. Sir H. Rawlinson, 2/CG for SA on the Tantallon Castle as D.A.A.G. at Natal. 3/Grenadier Guards will embark at Royal Alber Docks instead of Southampton. Guards Brigade being made up of 2/Grenadier Guards, 3/Grenadier Guards, 2/ Coldstream Guards and 1/Scots Guards. Lt.-Col. Landon A.S.C. to the Cape.

    The Avoca left Royal Albert Dock yesterday for Egypt to embark 1/Royal Fusiliers, proceeding to SA via the Suez Canal. The Gaul will embark 1/Northumberland Fusiliers at Southampton on Saturday. The Sumatra will leave Royal Albert Dock on 20th inst. To embark the 1/Border Regiment at Malta and will go to the Cape via the Atlantic route. The Jelunga will leave 20th inst. For Crete to embark 2/Rifle Brigade and will go to SA via the Suez Canal. The Zibenyhla and the Zayathla are fitting at Liverpool to convey to SA the Field Artillery contingent from Aldershot and will probably embark at Southampton.


LT 16/09/99,

p5b    Dateline Cape Town 15 Sept.   The 1/Manchester Regt. landed here this morning from the Union Company’s steamship Goth then  they were reviewed by the new commander at the Cape, Lt.-Gen Sir F. Forestier-Walker. The troops returned to the ship to embark for Natal.


p6a   The following officers, in addition to those mentioned yesterday, will leave Southampton today in the Tantallon Castle with Lt.-Gen Sir G.S. White, V.C., commanding the forces in Natal: Col. E.W.D. Ward, C.B., Brevet Lt.-Col. Sir H. Rawlinson, Col. Exham, Lt.-Col. F. W. Landon, Lt.-Col. J.S. Ewart (Cameron Highlanders), Maj. W. Fairholme, Maj. W.H. Birkbeck (1st DG), Maj. J.F. Bateson, Brevet-Maj. W.F. Walter(2/Lancashire Fusiliers), Capt. Montagu-Stuart-Wortley (KRRC), Capt. W.B. Lafone (Devonshire Regt.), Lt. H.G. Burrard, Lts. J.G. Stirling, V.R. Brooke, and Bell (9th Lancers), Lt. B.R. Horsburgh, Lt. R.E. Reade (KRRC), Lt. H.N. Field (1/Devonshire Regt.), Lt. Marsden (60th Rifles), Lt. C.F. McKenzie, R.A. and Lt. And Quartermaster J.C. Woods, all for Natal.

    Capt. Sir E. Chichester, R.N. to Transport Officer, Natal. Capt. E.B. Van Koughnet to Transport Officer Cape Town. Other naval officers for Natal include Commander F.R.W. Morgan, Paymaster Bresford Whyte and Mr. J. Menzies; and Lt. Perry-Ayscough for Cape Town.

    The following to Cape Town by the Tantallon Castle: Col. W.D. Richardson, C.B., Maj. St. John Gore, Capt. C.W. Grey, Capt. H.F. Deare(8th Hussars), Capt. R. Sparrow (7th DG) Capt. Foley and Lts. Long and A.C.G. Luther (2/KOYLI).

    The Gaul from Southampton today, 45 Officers and 989 non-commissioned officers and men for Natal - scheduled for Durban on 12 Oct. 1/Northumberland Fusiliers = 26 officers and 769 men. The officers are:

    Lt. Col. C.G.C. Money, C.B.,       

    Majs. Hon. C. Lambton               

        E.W. Dashwood               

    Capts.  E.B. Eager                   

        C.E. Keith-Falconer(Br. Lt.-Col.)       

        Capt. & Brev. Maj. & Adjutant G.L.P.Ray

        D. Sapte                   

        F.C. Ferguson               

        R.H. Isacke                   

    Lieuts. A.J.B. Percival           

        C.E. Fishbourne           

        H.T. Crispin                       

        C. A. Armstrong

        F. Bevan

        B.T. Buckley

        H.S. Tappin

        P.G.L. Staunton

         R.C.B. Lethbridge

        R.W.M. Brine

        H.C. Hall

        A.C. Girdwood

        F.L. Festing

        F.R. Coates

        Lt. & Quartermaster J. Bett

    2nd Lieut. C.W. Wreford

        S.J.E. Montague

19 Special Service officers. The officers are:

    Lt.-Col. J. Sherston, Staff

        H.P. Birch RAMC

        J. Stoneham, ASC

    Maj.    F.H.Trehearne

    Capts.    J. H. Fouke, R.E.

        Tracy, AOC

        Hall, AOC

        E.J. Ward, ASC

        Pigott, ASC

        A.K. Secombe, ASC

    Lieuts. D.C.E. Grose, ASC

        Lord, ASC

        McNalty, ASC

        Law, Lt. & Quartermaster.ASC

        Cairns, Lt. & Quartermaster, ASC

        McFarlane, Lt. & Quartermaster, ASC

        Duffin, ASC

        W. English, Lt. & Quartermaster

    2nd Lt. G.B.B. Denniss

3 companies Army Service Corps and one company Army Ordnance Corps.

Note: Arrival at Cape Town in article Cape Times Weekly Edition 11/10/99,p8d.


LT , 18/09/99,

p3b.  Dateline Bombay, 17 Sept.   The transport Secunda sailed this evening for Durban with the 42nd Field Battery, commanded by Maj. Gouldburn. Other officers are: Capt. Yunge-Bateman, Lts. Douglas, Macdougall, and Oxley (? Hawksley) and the staff of the Veterinary Hospital.

    Dateline Cape Town , Sept.  16.  The Royal Munster Fusiliers arrived on board the Arundel Castle at midnight last night.


Dateline Calcutta, 15 Sept.  The transport Purena will sail for SA on 18th  inst. with 2/Kings Royal Rifles on board; The Nurni will sail on 19th inst. with two companies of infantry and mules; the Hensada will sail on the 20th with an ordnance park and a British field hospital; and the Indian will sail on the 25th with the 1/Gloucester Regt.


p5a    The Gaul has been requisitioned by the War Office for carrying troops.  She is 400 feet long, 47 feet broad, and 31 feet deep.  She sailed from Southampton last Saturday with the following troops: 1/Northumberland Fusiliers, 26 officers, 2 warrant officers and 770 men; ASC, 8 officers, 4 warrant officers and 140 men; Army Ordnance and other Corps, 11 officers, 8 warrant officers and 82 men.

    The following are the officers who sailed in the Gaul: 1/Northumberland Fusiliers - Lt.-Col.  C.G.C. Money, C.B., commanding; Majors Hon.  C.  Lambton, D.S.O., and E.W. Dashwood; Captains E.B. Eager, C.E. Keith Falconer, D.  Sapte, R.H. Isacke, and F.C. Ferguson; Lieuts.  A.J.B. Percival, C.E. Fishbourne, H.T. Crispin, C.A. Armstrong, F.  Bevan, H.T. Buckley, H.S. Tappin, P.G.L. Staunton, R.C.B. Lethbridge, R.W.M. Brine, H.C. Hall, A.C. Girdwood, F.L. Festing, and F.R. Coates; 2nd Lts.  C.W. Wreford Brown and T.J.E. Montagu; Capt.  Brev.  Maj.  and Adjutant G.L.P. Ray; Lt.  and Q’mstr.  J.  Bett.

    Other Corps – Lt.  Cols.  J.  Sherston, D.S.O., Staff, and J.  Stoneham, ASC; Majors H.P. Birch, RAMC, and F.H. Treherne, RAMC, in medical charge; Capts.  J.H. Fouke, RE,  Tracy, AOC, Hall, AOC, E.J. Ward, ASC, Pigott, ASC, and A.R. Seccombe, ASC,; Lts.  D.C.E. Grose, ASC, Lord, ASC, M’Nalty, ASC, and Duffus, ASC; 2nd Lt.   J.B.B. Denniss, RE.; Lt.  and Q’mstrs.  Law, ASC, Cairns, ASC, M’Farlane, ASC, and W.  English, ASC.


LT, 20/09/99,

p3c.  Dateline Bombay 19 Sept.    The 21st Battery Field Artillery, with a section of the British Field Hospital, sailed last night in the Lalpoora for the Cape.


p4b,       The P. & O. transport Sumatra left the Royal Albert Docks yesterday with troops on board. She is taking the Royal West Sussex Regt. to Malta, where they will take the place of the 1/Border Regt. is to go to Natal. There were 20 Officers and nearly 600 men of the Sussex Regt. on board in addition to three officers of the 1/Border Regt., one officer of the 9th Lancers and one of the 19th Hussars. An additional 160 men of various small drafts from different regiments already stationed in Natal or the Cape.

    The chartered troopship Jelunga will complete embarcation of troops at Southampton today and will sail this afternoon. She takes out 55 officers, 3 ladies, 1047 of all ranks, 64 soldier’s wives and 63 children. Of these 32 officers and 695 men, 2/North Lancashire, from Dover are for Malta. There are a few details for Port Said, while 55 RE, 1st Division Telegraph Battalion, from Aldershot, 50, 1/Liverpool from Belfast, 75, 1/Leicester from Curragh, and 130 2/KRRC from Cork are for Natal. There are 93, 2/Rifle Brigade from Dublin, for Natal or Cape Town. At Gibralter 31 men of the Rifle Brigade will be embarked. The Jelunga will convey the 2/Rifle Brigade from Crete to Cape Town or Natal. Lt.- Col. Satterthwaite, 2/North Lancashire,  is in command, and Maj. H.O. Trevor, RAMC, in medical charge.

    Maj.-Gen Sir Archiba;d Hunter to Natal with the Indian contingent, to be Chief of Staff to Lt. Gen. Sir George White.

    Maj.-Gen French will command the cavalry in Natal and his aide-de-camp Lt. J.P. Milbanke, 10th Hussars will leave London for the Cape on Saturday (23 Sept.) as will Col. Downing, RA, to Natal.

    The 18th, 62nd, and 75th, field artillery batteries from Aldershot are under orders for Natal will embark at Birkenhead on 25th inst. in the steamers Zibenghla and Zayathla.

    The following officers have been selected for service with Col. Plumer at Bulawayo and they are to leave as soon as possible. They are: Lt. C.H. Rankin, 7th Hussars; Lt. S.G. French, Royal Irish Regt.; Lt. O.D. Blunt, Connaught Rangers; and Lt. A.J. Tyler, West Riding Regt.


Cape Times Weekly Edition    20/09/99

p1    The following arrived by the Briton, Sept. 12: The Hon. Evelyn Cecil, M.P., Maj. Beyman, R.A., Capt. H. Fraser, 1/Life Guards, Capt. C.H. Villers, R.H.G., Col. W. Manning, Maj. Young, Lt. G.R. Frith, RE.


p2    Dateline Lourence Marques, Sept. 12. The Greek brought 530 cases ammunition and the Dunolly Castle 8 cases ammunition and 5 cases rifles.  Dateline Lourenco Marques, Sept. 12. Since Aug. 12 the following ammunition was landed here: 2,464 cases loaded cartridges, 300 cases empty cartridges, 523 cases bullets, 16 cases powder, 6 cases rifles, and some wads and caps.  The Umvoti, due the 25th, has 5 cases loaded cartridges, 125 cases empty cartridges, 450 cases bullets, 17 pkgs wads.  It is said that a cable from New York offers services of 10,000 American Irish volunteers for the Boers. (Interesting) Boer War Office denies it.


p3    Dateline Bulawayo, Sept. 18.  Col. Plumer’s Column left for Essexville this morning.  A Maxim is to be mounted on an armored  Ry. truck.  A draft of farriers from the Royal Horse and Dragoon Guards arrived here last night.


p8, Col.  1.   The Goth with a battalion if the 1/Manchester Regiment on board arrived at Table Bay late Thursday night.  The following officers were listed: Lieut.-Col.  A.E.R. Curran is in cimmand and Maj.  Simpson is second in command.  The following boarded at Southampton : Maj.  F.W.C. Jones, RAMC,  Lt.  G.B.C.R. Crisp, RAMC, 2nd Lts.  W.B. Eddowes and E.N. Fisher, Lt. & Qm.  Banker, 1st M.R. and 4 men.  From Gibralter: Lt.-Col.  A.E.R. Curran, Majs.  A.E. Sampson and J.E. Watson; Capts.  C.C. Melvill, R.D. Vizard, A.W. Marden, R.J. Bridgford,  and A.  Menzies; Lts.  A.G. Tillard, J.E.F. Crichton, C.G. Danks, R.N. Hardcastle, H.  Hunt-Grubbe, F.C.S. Dunlop, and A.V. Roe; 2/Lts.  D.M. Cogbill, H.  Fisher, F.T. Deakin, and L.  Creagh; Capt. & Adj.  W.P.E. Newbigging, 1/M.R, Bandmaster E.T. Quiner, Col.-Sgt.  and Sgt. Maj.  J.T. Haddon, Qm.  Sgt.  C.  Pike, 1/ M.R.  and 952 men.


LT 21/09/99,

p3a   Dateline Durban, 19 Sept.   The 1/Manchester Regt. arrived tomorrow morning and will proceed to Pietermaritzburg.   Dateline Durban, 20 Sept. The Union Line steamer Goth with 1/Manchester Regt. arrived her last night. Troops landed this morning and are on their way by train to Pietermaritzburg.


p3b    Dateline Bombay 20 Sept.  The Booldana sailed for the Cape with the 21st Battery of Artillery on board. The Ellora sails today with two field hospitals. Dateline Calcutta, 20 Sept.  The Nurani and Henzada have sailed for SA.


p4c, The Hired transport Jelunga left Southampton yesterday afternoon.  100 horses of the RFA are to embark for SA tomorrow on board the steamer Johannesburg at the West India Docks.

    The hired transport Jelunga left Southampton

20/09/99 in the afternoon for pickup at Gibralter , 31 men of 2/Rifle

Brigade and at Crete, 2/Rifle Brigade, for Natal or Capetown. Also 100

horses of RFA to embark for SA on the steamer Johannesburg at West India



LT 22/09/99,

p3c,   Dateline Bombay, 21 Sept.   Maj.-Gen. Sir Archibald Hunter, with staff and a portion of the Devonshire Regt. sailed this morning in the transport City of London for SA. The remainder of the Devonshire Regt. left at the same time in the Sutlej, and a squadron of the 19th Hussars in the Vadala.


p8a   The Union Steamship Compaiy’s steamer Norman leaves Southampton tomorrow with the following officers on board: Maj.-Gen J.D. French, commanding cavalry brigade; Maj. D. Haig, brigade major; Lt. J.P. Milbanke, ADC; Col C. M. Downing; Maj. S.C.N. Grant; Rev. E.G. Macpherson and another chaplain; Maj. H. Earle, D.S.O., KOYLI; Maj. J.H. Plumbe, RMLI; Maj. W.H. Thomas, ASC; Capt. R. Stewart-Wortley; Capt. F.W. Foley, Royal Berkshire Regt.; Capt. I.T. Owen, Royal Berkshire Regt.; Capt. E. Studdart, ASC; Lt. J.G. Dugdale, 18th Hussars; Lt. P.G. Reynolds, 5th DG; Lt.R.G. Jeff, KRRC; Lt. C. de Putson, 1/Loyal North Lancs.; Lt. R.H. Collins, Royal Berkshire Regt; and Lt. Fitzmaurice, RN,

    Capt. Lord Douglas Compton, 9th Lancers, Miss M. Russell, superintendant of the Army Nursing Service and a staff of nurses,  leave for Natal in the Castle liner Tintagel Castle, which leaves Southampton tomorrow.


LT 23/09/99,

p5d    Dateline Simla, 22 Sept.   Capt. Harrison and Lt. Fitzgerald, 11th Hussars, and Lt. Bright, RHA, proceed to SA with a reserve of horses.

    Dateline Bombay 22 Sept.   The steamship Pandua sailed this morning with the remainder of the 19th Hussars and the staff of the cavalry brigade.


LT 25/09/99,

p3c.    Dateline Bombay, 23 Sept.   the 2/Gordon Highlanders and the remainder of the 19th Hussars sailed at noon to-day for SA on board the transports Palitana, Sirsa and Warora.

    Dateline Calcuta, 24 Sept.   The Transport India left here at 10 o’clock this morning with a further detachment of troops for SA.

    Dateline Alexandria, 24 Sept.   The transport Avoca, which left the Royal Alber Docks on the 13th Inst. with the 2/Royal West Kent Regt. on board, arrived here yesterday evening 14 hours before she was due. 1st Royal Irish Fusiliers, 830 strong will embark for SA and the Avoca will sail at 6 o’clock this evening for Natal.


LT, 25/09/99,

p5c    A Reuter telegram from Gibralter says the Sumatra passed yesterday, bound for Malta

where she will embark 1/Border Regt. for the Cape.

    On Saturday (23 Sept) morning the 3rd Batt. of the Grenadier Guards, (abt. 850 strong) under Lt.-Col. Eyre Crabbe, left Pirbright Camp before 7 o’clock, took a train at Brookwood Station to the Royal Albert Docks to embark on the Nubia for Gibralter to relieve the Second Battalion. Also a body of the 2/Royal Fusiliers embarked to join their 3rd Battalion.


LT, 26/09/99,

p3a.       Dateline Calcutta, 25 Sept.  The Sirdhana left to-day with troops for SA.

    Dateline Bombay, 25 Sept.  Two squadrons of the 9th Lancers have sailed for SA on the transports Wardha and Nowshera.

    Dateline Simla, 25 Sept. The last of the Indian transports, with troops for SA will leave for Durban tomorrow.


p4b.    Field Artillery units left Aldershot last night by 4 special trains carrying troops and horses.

The units were for shipment to the Cape. The first to depart was the 18th Field Battery, Maj Scott, commanding. Other officers were: Capt. F.B. Johnstone, Lts. H.E. Carey, A.M. Fox and 2nd Lt. E.W. Furse. The 75th Field Battery departed next, commanded by Maj. W.F.L. Lindsay. Other officers were: Capt. H.J.W. Farrell, Capt. A.R.G. Begbie, Lt. P.J. Patterson and 2nd Lt. Buchanan Dunlop. The last to go was the 62nd Field Battery, under Maj. Garnett. Other officers were: Capt. H.F. Askwith, Lts. L.M. Phillpotts, J.H.W. Johnstone and 2nd Lt. H.E.S. Wynne. The guns and baggage left by two special trains earlier in the day.

    The ammunition field column formed under Maj. E.S. May at Aldershot will leave for Natal next Saturday. Strength is 8 officers and 194 men and about 60 ammunition wagons.

    The steamers Zibenghla and Zayathla, chartered from the British India Company for the conveyance of troops to SA are at Birkenhead and fitted for service. Each vessel has accommodations for 250 men and nearly as many horses. The troops to embark to-day are the 18th, 62nd and 75th Batteries of Field Artillery and will number 500.

    The Admiralty too over the steamers Trogan and Spartan from the Union Steamship Co. to be fitted as hospital ships in SA waters. They are fitting out at Southampton. The ammunition column mentioned above will sail in the Union liner Gaika from Southampton next Saturday.


p8d.       The hired transport Avoca left Alexandria yesterday for Cape Town. The hired

 transport Jelunga arrived and left Gibralter yesterday for Cape Town.


LT, 27/09/99,

p3b   Dateline Bombay, 26 Sept.    A squadron of the 5th Dragoon Guards sailed this morning on the Lindula for the Cape.

    Dateline Suez, 26 Sept.  The transport Avoca, with 1/Royal Irish Fusiliers, left here to-day for Cape Town.


Cape Times Weekly Edition    27/09/99


Dateline Pretoria, Sept. 21.    Capts. Zeppelin, Weiss, Lts. Von Albedyll and Bodike have been appointed special service officers to serv under Col. Schiel.  Burghers receiving Mauser rifles also receive 100 rounds of ammo.


p4    Dateline Mafeking, Sept. 22.     Col. B-P, Capts. Wilson and Ryan have left for the north.  Col. Hore is recovering from illness and Maj. Vyvyan is ill.


LT, 28/09/99,

p3b     Dateline New York, 27 Sept..   3000 mules will be shipped from New York to SA. The

mules are prices at about $200 a head. Between 300 and 500 American teamsters will be engaged. Maj. Scobel, 2/Dragoons is in charge of purchases. At Chicago, draught horses are being purchased at $110 to $125 a head.

    Dateline Malta, 27 Sept.   The transport Sumatra has arrived here and landed the 1/Royal Sussex Regt. She will leave to-night for Cape Town taking the 1/Border Regt.


p8a       The 33rd and 36th Companies, ASC at Portsmouth were ordered to embark at

 Southampton on 07 Oct.  The 8th and 11th Companies, ASC at Woolwich to be ready to embark on 07 Oct. The 28th and 42nd Companies ASC, at Royal Barracks, Dublin, will leave North Wall for Southampton on 06 Oct. No. 6 Company, ASC, leaves Colchester for SA next week.

    The Union Steamship Compay’s steamer Gaika leaves Southampton on Saturday next and will convey the following to SA: Maj. E.S. May, RHA; Capt. & Brevet Maj. N.E. Young, DSO, RA; Capt. H. Christie, RA; Lt. W. Kincaid Smith, RHA; Lt. R.T. Hill, RA; Lt. K.G.G. Kirke, RA; Lt. W.L. Foster, RA; Lt. C.E. Balfour, KRRC; 2nd Lt. J.F.A. Kane, Devonshire Regt.; and an officer in veterinary charge of the horses. The Gaika is also conveying one warrent officer, 193 non-commissioned officers and men, 120 horses and 53 wagons, forming an ammunition column.

    Another force of 200 officers and 1200 non-commissioned officers and men will be dispatched to SA next week. For this the Government has requisitioned the whole passenger accommodation of the Castle Line steamer Braemar Castle. Scheduled departure is 06 Oct.


LT, 29/09/99,

p3b.   Dateline Bombay, 28 Sept.  The Nevasa has left for SA with an ammunition column.  Two squadrons of the 5th DG delayed departure for the Cape and returned to Deolali due to outbreak of anthrax,

    Dateline New Orleans, 28 Sept.  The British Government has chartered two of Messrs. Elder, Dempster, and Co’s steamers to embark 1900 mules and some teamsters.


p8b.       Miss A. Garrick, superintendant of the Army nursing staff at Woolwich, received word

along with several other nursing sisters to be ready to embark for SA on Oct. 7and 16.

    The hired transports Zibenghla and Zayathla with the 18th, 67th, and 75th Batteries, RA left Mersey yesterday for SA.

    The hired transport Nubia, at Gibralter with 2/Grenadier Guards aboard has been ordered to delay departure from Gibralter for home.

    The hired Transport Jelunga has arrived at Malta with 2/North Lancashire Regt. She will embark the 1/Lancashire Fusiliers to Crete. She will there embark the Rifle Brigade for the Cape.

    The following will leave Southampton tomorrow in the Kinfauns Castle for Cape Town:

Capt. H.R.H, Jack, Lt. F.B.R. Chatterton, Lt. G.C.D. Masterton, Lt. & Quartermaster T. Wilson, Lt. & Quartermaster P.J. Guerin, and Lt. & Quartermaster W. Farrady, all of the ASC.; Lt.-Col. R.W. Mapleton, Stationary Hospital; Maj. R.L. Love, Field Hospital; Maj. B.W.C. Deeble, Field Hospital; Capt. T.J. Leneham, Field Hospital; Capt. G.M. Heath, RE, Balloon Det.; Capt. C.S. Dodgson, ASC; Capt. J.A.R. Purvis, ASC; Capt. W.A.C. Denny, ASC; Lt. J.M. Sloan, Stationary Hospital; Lt. & Quartermaster P. Macintosh, Stationary Hospital; Lt. G.W. Jones, Field Hospital; Lt. & Quartermaster A. Bruce, Field Hospital; Lt. C. Mellor, RE, Balloon Det.; Lt. O. Striedinger, ASC; Lt. & Quartermaster Walsh, ASC; Lt. & Riding Master T.J. Kearns, ASC; and about 300 men, details of the ASC, No. 1 Stationary Hospital, No. 12 Field Hospital, and the RE Balloon Det.  Other passengers by the Kinfauns Castle will be Lady Forestier-Walker ( Cont. Column c) and family, Lt. Beale Browne, ADC, Maj. Gosling, Maj. Meyer, Capt. de Bathe, Capt. Fitzmaurice, Capt. Welby, Capt. Ellison, 9th Lancers, Capt. Beaumont, and Lt. E. St. Quintin, 19th Lancers. This is the maiden voyage of the Kinfauns Castle and she takes in addition to the above about 500 ordinary passingers.

    Orders received to accelerate shipment of stores and troops to be ready to embark in the Braemar Castle, which leaves Southampton on Friday, 6 October for Cape Town, Port Elizabeth and Durban.


LT 30/09/99,

p6d    The Government have just chartered the Cunard steamer Carinthia as a transport for the Cape. The Carinthia is a twin screw steamer of 5598 tons register She left Liverpool on 20 Sept for Boston. She will conver mules to the Cape from either New Orleans or Galveston.


p6c    The hired transport Zayathla ( late Ruapehu, New Zealand Company) British India Company, left Birkenhead on Thursday and put into Queenstown with boilers leaking.

    The hired transport Zibenghla (late Tongariro, New Zealand Company) British India Company, which left Birkenhead on Tuesday for Durban lies at anchor at in the Mersey. Coal in the port bunker became heated.


LT 02/10/99,

p3d.    Dateline New York, 30 Sept.   A dispatch from New Orleans states that another steamer, the Montreal, has been chartered by the British Government.

    Dateline New York, 1 Oct. A dispatch from Kingston, Jamaica states that about 2000 mules, provisions, and 2/Leinster Regt. will go from there to the Cape, probably by the steamer Barbadian.


p3e, Dateline Madrid, 1 Oct.   British agents are still engaged in the north of Spain purchasing large numbers of mules to be sent to SA.


p8b       The hired transport Zibenghla, delayed by overheated coal bunkers, left Mersey for the

Cape on Saturday.

    Three Houston liners have been requisitioned to call at Naples for mules, and the Hyades was due to leave at once. Each vessel will take 3000 mules on board. Maj. R.L. Walter and Lt. J. Vaughan, 7th Hussars, and Veterinary-Maj. Day left Colchester for Naples on Saturday for the purpose of buying mules.

    The Admiralty have chartered the steamer Magda, Messrs. Trenchmann, shipowners of West Hartlepool, for the conveyance of coal and stores to Simons Town, SA. Messrs. Merryweather’s steamer Hambleton of West Hartlepool was also chartered.


LT 03/10/99,

p3b   Dateline New York, 2 Oct.   The British Government has placed a contract with the Louisville Packing Company for 4,5000,000 pounds of tinned meat for quick delivery. Similar orders have been placed in Chicago, Cincinnati and St. Louis. The meat is for British troops in SA.


LT 03/10/99,

p8a     The Press Association says: 149 officers, 68 warrent officers, and 1225 men , including

over 1000 men of the ASC and General Hospital Staff, will leave Southampton in the Braemar Castle on Friday for SA.

    The Zibenghla, which had been delayed nearly a week in the Mersey, (overheated coal) left at 4 o’clock yesterday afternoon. She will land her pilot at Queenstown or Waterford and go straight to Cape Town.

    Three of Messrs. Elder, Dempster, and Co.’s steamers have been engaged as transports, namely the Montezuma, the Prah, and the Mount Royal. The Montezuma is now at New Orleans and will leave in a couple of days with mules. The Prah is due at New Orleans and the Mount Royal has just reached Liverpool.

    The Cunard Company’s steamer Carinthia is now at Boston and will leave for New Orleans to load mules.

    The Union Company’s liners, Gascon, Ghoorka, German, Spartan and Trogan,  for transport service are in the hands of artificers at Southampton.

    The transport Dilwara is now ready to embark replacements for India. The transport Nubia is expected to arrive today with 2/Grenadier Guards from Gibralter.

    The new Allan liner Bavarian has been chartered to convery troops to the Cape. It is reported that the Admiralty is arranging for the City liner City of Cambridge and the Bibby liner Yorkshire. The charter is at the rate of 1 British Pound per ton gross register per month.

    Maj. Holden, RA, superintendent of the Royal Gun Factory, has completed the howitzers and Maxims which are required for the Natal and Zululand field force, and the ordnance will leave by the Braemar Castle on Friday morning. Orders for the embarcation of a large detachment of artificers, blacksmiths, shoesmiths, wheelwrights, collar-makers, farriers, carriagesmiths, mechanicians for telegrapic apparatus, hitchers, etc., have been received and the men will leave by the mail steamship Mexican from Southampton.


LT 04/10/99,

p5a     Dateline Durban, 02 Oct.  The Lalpoora arrived this evening from India with the 21st

Battery FA, the 26th Company of the Field Hospital Corps, and commissariat stores.

    Dateline Capetown 03 Oct.  The Tantallon Castle arrived here this morning.

p10a    The Union Company’s Mail steamer Mexican will leave Southampton on Saturday next

and will convey the following to SA: Lt.-Col. J.F. Brocklehurst, Royal Horse Guards; Lt. Viscount Crichton, Royal Horse Guards, two officers, six non-commissioned officers and 61 men of the Army Ordnance Corps; Surgeon R. Richards, RN, and Surgeon M. Falkner, RN. The Mexican is due at Cape Town on Oct. 25 and at Durban, Natal on Nov. 2.

    The hired transports Gascon and Ghoorka are now awaiting orders to leave Southampton for SA and the hospital ships Spartan and Trojan will leave within a few days.

    The White Star steamer Nomadic has been chartered to convey troops to SA. Two regiments of cavalry are to be conveyed from Liverpool by the Leyland liner Armenian.

    The steamships Ocean and Ocampo have also been chartered as transports to the Cape.


Cape Times Weekly Edition    04/10/99

p1    Maj. Scott-Turner, R. High. has been appointed staff officer at Kimberley.   Capt. E.S. Bulfin, Yorks. has been appointed a special service officer.  The Scot arrived Cape Town Sept. 26. Among the passengers were: Right Hon. The Earl of Ava, Col. Frank Rhodes, DSO, Maj. Panzera, & Commander W.L. Grant.


p3    Dateline Johannesburg, Sept. 30. About 200 Germans under Count Zeppelen and the Irish Corps under Mr. Blake are to be ready to leave here.


p4    Dateline Palapye, Oct. 2. 350 to 400 Boers are on the border at Crocodile River opposite Selika


p6    Dateline Tuli, Sept. 27. Col. Bodle and Capt. Tracyarrived here last week and proceeded Rhode’s Drift. Bodle remained and Tracy left for Hq. Sunday.  Dateline Bulawayo, Sept. 30. Local police are being armed with Lee-Metfords.  Dateline Lourenco Marques, Sept. 27. The Umvoti has discharged 12 tons of cartridge cases and will take away refugees.  Reformers’ Contingent under Woolls Sampson. A corps formed by Trimble.

    Northumberland Regt. left London 18 Sept.

    45 officers and 980 men per Gaul, left Southampton Sept. 15 and due Durban 12 Oct.

    Gen. White with 45 staff and special officers left England per Tantallon Castle Sept. 16.

    The Sumatra left London 20 Sept. for Malta to embark the S.Wales Border Regt. and is due Cape Town Oct. 22.

    The Jelunga left for Crete Sept. 20 to embark 2/Rifle Brig. and 500 details for Durban Oct. 29.

    The Dunera with 874 men for Bombay was stopped at Malta and sent to South Africa .

    The Powerful left England with 750 Naval Brigade on board.

    The Irish Fus., from Egypt, are expected at Durban on Oct. 16.

    The Indian Contingent are ordered to leave for Natal, Sept. 25.

    42 Field Batty. left Bombay 17 Sept.

    The Royal Irish Rifles left Calcutta, per Bunera, 18 Sept.

    The Wurni left India with 2 cos. infantry and mules.

    The Indian left India 21 Sept. with the Gloucester Regt.

    The Boolwana left Calcutta 20 Sept. with 21st Bty Artillery.

    21 Sept. Sir A. Hunter and staff of the Inf. Brig., Devonshire Regt., and a Sqdn. 19th Hussars left Bombay.

    The Avoca left Alexandria for Natal with 1/Royal Irish Fus. ( 830 ). Due 16 Oct.

    The India, with troops, left Calcutta for Durban.

    2 Sqdns. 9th Lancers has left Bombay for the Cape.

    3 Btys. art., 24 officers and 534 men embarked at Liverpool Tuesday.

    25 officers and 300 men , ASC, sail by Kinfauns Castle Saturday and the Gaika takes an ammunition column of 8 officers, 194 men, 123 horses, and 53 wagons.

    The Gordons and the rest of the 18/Hussars have sailed from Bombay.

    The Braemar Castle sails with 1,200 men and 200 officers on Oct. 6 for Natal.


LT 05/10/99,                           

p3b.     Dateline Durban, 03 Oct.    The transport Secundra arrived this afternoon with the 42nd Field Battery and army medical and vererinary detachments. Troops will disembark to-morrow.

    The Lalpoora’s troops landed this morning.

    Dateline Pietermaritzburg, 03 Oct.  The first transport from India, with the 21st Field Battery, has arrived, and the crisis of the military situation is now past, as transports will arrive daily.


p3c    Dateline Lorenzo Marques, 04 Oct.   Messrs. Donald Currie and Co.’s steamer Arundel

Castle sailed to-day wit 1200 Rand refugees. Large numbers were left behind. All trains arriving from the Transvaal are crowded.


p5a&b    The following is a list of the officers and troops who leave Southampton for SA to-morrow in the Braemar Castle:

Staff.-    Col. the Hon. G.H. Gough, C.B.(in command), Col. C.P. Ridley, C.M.G., Brevet Lt.-Col.

 H.P. Shekleton, Maj. H.H. Smythe, Brevet Maj. Prince Christian Victor of Schleswig-Holstein, Lt. H.W.M. Harington.

Royal Army Medical Corps. - Lt.-Col. A.H. Anthonisz (in medical charge), Lt.-Col. H. Grier, Lt.-Col. R.D. Hodson, Maj. R.W. Barnes, Maj. R.W.E.H. Nicholson, Maj. F.D. Elderton.

Army Nursing Service. - Supt., Miss Garriock; nursing sisters, Miss Rose Innes, Miss Neale, Miss Anderson, Miss Nixon, Miss Murphy, Miss Snowdon, and Miss Guthrie.

War Office Civil Staff. - Mr. W.R. Macdonald, 1/Loyal North Lancashire Regt.; 2nd Lt. R.C. Wiltshire.

Army Pay Dept. - Capt. H. Huntsman

Royal Engineers. - Capt. G.E. Phillips, Lt. A.F. Sargeant, Lt. W.C. Macfie, Lt. C.C.H. Hogg.

Army Ordnance Dept. - Maj. O.C. Sherwood, Capt. C.C. Wrigley, Capt. T.J. Warnes, Capt. R.J. Hamblin, Lt. W. Hutchings, Lt. T.A. Sidney.

Army Service Corps. - Lt. Col. F.T. Clayton, Maj. D.Webb, Capt. A.E. Longdon, Capt. E.E.D. Thornton, Capt. H. Davies, Capt. R. Ford, Capt. J.A.T. Tredgold, Capt. F.C.S. Norrington, Capt. C.D. Christopher, Capt. S.L. Reynolds, Capt. H. Cleeve, Capt. E.F. Taylor, Capt. J. Puckle, Lt. H.S. Buckle, Lt. E.G. Evans, Lt. H.S. Wright, 2nd Lt. T.J.N. Mears, 2nd Lt. W. Taylor, 2nd Lt. C.H. Fanshawe, 2nd Lt. W.A.R. Shakespear, 2nd Lt. P.G.P. Lea, 2nd Lt. N.G. Anderson, 2nd Lt. R.P.S. Elderton, Lt. & Qtrmstr. J.P. Walsh, Maj. G.R.C. Paul, Capt. C.E McVittie, Lt. W.K. Bernard, Lt. A.S.M. Porter, Lt.-Col. J.A.W. Falls, Lt. C.F. Moore, Lt.-Col. S.H. Winter, Capt. R.O. Burne, Capt. F.P.S. Taylor, Lt. L.S. Roberts, Lt. H.G. Beaumont, Maj. P.J.T. Lewis, Capt. A.P. Welman, Capt. W.J.S. McCormick, Lt. H.O. Knox, Lt. & Qmstr. W. Cosgrove, Capt. J.C. G. Longmore, Capt. G. Conway-Gordon, Lt. R.M. Limond, Maj. G.M.V. Hunt, Capt. W.H. Foster, Lt. B.S. Moore, Capt. W.H.M. Armstrong, Maj. A.L. Caldwell, Lt. H.W. Clinch, Lt. J.M. Young, Lt. & Qmstr. D.J. Edwards, Maj. E.F.J. Blakeney, Lt. M. Moore, Lt. H.J. Russell, Lt. J.G. Lecky, Capt. R.G. Berry, Brevet Maj. H.N. Sargent, Capt. A. Amery, Capt. L.A. Atcherley, Lt. J.W.H. Maturin, Capt. G.W.B. Boyce, Lt. & Qmstr. J. Davis, Capt. H.N. Colguhoun, Capt. E.W.A. Courtney, Capt. A.G. Master, Lt. & Qmstr. H. Murphy, Capt. J.C.L. Black, Capt. & Qmstr. J.H. Edmondson, Lt. E.C.L. Fitzwilliams, Lt. & Qmstr. F.K. Tull, Capt. & Qmstr. R. Richardson, Lt. & Qmstr. H. Armstrong, Lt. & Qmstr. T. Wallace, Lt.-Col. F.F. Johnson, Lt.-Col. W.R. Winter, Capt. K. Macdonald, Lt. D. Parsons, Lt. C.T. Lloyd, Maj. E.A. Bramhall, Capt. St. J. W. A. Parker, Maj. R.H.L. Warner, Maj. G.O. Welch, Maj. C.E. Wyncoll, Maj. C. Rawnsley, Lt. - Col. R.B. McComb.

1/Royal Munster Fusiliers  - 2nd Lt. C.R. Moore.

Royal Engineers  -  Capt. J.H. Twiss, Lt. M.G.E. Manifold, Lt. H.L. Pritchard (D.S.O.), The Hon. Lt. & Qmstr. A.N. Tucker.

War Office Civil Staff. - A.N. Tucker

2/Royal Dublin Fusiliers.  - 2nd Lt. F. B. Lane.

5th Dragoon Guards.  - 2nd Lt. M.R. Head

2/Gordon Highlanders.  - Lt. S.C. Maitland

Royal Engineers.  - Lt.-Col H.E. Ranson.

1/Devonshire Regt.  - Lt. H.B.W. Gardiner, 2nd Lt. E.S.C. Willis.

Royal Berkshire Regt.  -  Maj. G.D.R. Williams.

    Also about 90 warrent officers and 1300 non-commissioned officers and men, comprising: No. 1 General Hospital Corps, 3 companies of Army Ordnance Corps, and 20 companies of the Army Service Corps.

    The Admiralty yesterday took up the Peninsular and Oriental Company’s steamers Oriental and Formosa for transport of troops to the Cape. The Nubia will leave shortly with troops for the Cape. The P.& O. Co. have 8 of their steamers (40,000 tons, in Government service.


LT 06/10/99

p5a    Dateline Durban, Oct 5.   The Sutlej has arrived here from India with half of the

Devonshire Regt., the City of London with the remainder of the Devonshire Regt., the Purnea with the King’s Royal Rifle Corps, the Buldana with the 53rd Field Battery, and the Pandua with part of the 19th Hussars.

p7a    The steamer Mexican will leave Southampton to-morrow for SA with the following

officers: Brevet Colonels  J. Howard, C.B., & the Hon. C.G. Fortescue, C.M.G. Staff officers to Natal, Port Elizabeth  and Cape Town; Lt.-Col. J.F. Brocklehurst, MVO, Royal Horse Guards,  Brevet Major E.P.C. Girouard, D.S.O., RE, Captains J.H. Twiss, RE, H.G. Joly de Lotbiniere, RE, W.A. Tilney, 17th Lancers, W.H.A. Smith, AOC, W.A. Adams, 5th Lancers, A.R. Hudson, RA, J. Romer, 2/Royal Dublin Fusiliers, Lieutenants M.G.C. Manifold, RE, H.L. Pritchard, D.S.O., RE, H.A. Mickleson, D.S.O., RE, E.H.M. Leggett, RE, Viscount Crichton, Royal Horse Guards, Lieutenant & Quartermaster A.H. Tucker, RE, and 2nd Lt. R.J. Collins, 2/Berkshire Regt.


LT 07/10/99

p9a    The Braemar Castle left Southampton for SA at 5 o’clock yesterday afternoon.


LT 09/10/99

p5d    Dateline Cape Town Oct. 8.   The Union liner Gaul with the Northumberland Regt. on

board has arrived here.

p5e    Dateline Bombay Oct. 8.   The transports Virawa and Patiala sailed to-day for SA with the

last portion of the Indian contingent, consisting of two squadrons of the 5th Dragoon Guards.

p5f    Dateline Kansas City Oct. 7.  British agents have contracted for 1200 mules to be shipped

to New Orleans next Monday.

p10f    Up to the present 22 Liverpool steamers are under charter to the Government as

transports; the latest addition being the steamer Kelvin Grove from Messrs. Houston and Co. for transport of mules to the Cape.

    The steamer Devona, chartered by the Government to transport mules left Liverpool on Saturday for Naples. She embarked Col. Rayment, Army Veterinary Corps and 20 men of the ASC. and take on 1100 mules at Naples.

    Messrs. Houlder Bros.’ steamer Southern Cross, chartered by the Government left Newport yesterday for Gibralter to embark mules for SA.

    The Vahmo, freight ship, loaded ammunition at Portsmouth and sailed Saturday for the Cape.

    Add the following to the list of passengers for the Mexican: Major Baker, Lt. J. Birkbeck Surgeon Falkner, RN, Capt. E.F. Holden, Capt. Hudson, Surgeon R. Richards, RN, and  Lt. Tucker.



LT, 10/10/99.                            

p3a.      Dateline Durban Oct. 9.     The transports Calstana and Nurani arrived this morning.

The Nurani brought the remainder of the King’s Royal Rifles. The other arrivals to-day were the Wardha with a portion of the 9th Lancers, the Sirsa with the remainder of the Gordons and the Worona with the remainder of the 19th Hussars,


p3b    Dateline Rome Oct. 9.  According to a telegram from Catania to the Tribuna, several

English officers have arrived there from Malta to buy mules for transport service in SA.


p5c    A Reuter telegram from Calcutta states that the Bibby Line steamers Cheshire and

Yorkshire have been chartered as troopships for SA. The Anchor liner Algeria was yesterday chartered at Glasgow bu the Government for transport services to SA.


LT, 11/10/99.

p3b    Dateline Gibralter Oct. 10.    Three hundred mules purchased in Spain by the British

Government arrived here to-day for conveyance to the Cape on board the steamer Southern Cross, which is expected to arrive on Friday.


Cape Times Weekly Edition    11/10/99

p6    Dateline Durban, 03 Oct.    The Lalpoora landed here 21st Field Battery, RA, 184 men, 6 15 pounder guns, commanded by Lt.-Col. J.A. Coxhead, 160 horses and 132 men British Field Hospital commanded by Maj. M.W. Kerin.    Dateline Durban, 04 Oct.    The Secunda, from India, arrived at 5 a.m. with 32nd Battery, FA, 180 men and 6 15-pounders. Also Vet.-Capt. Newson and 22 men .


Dateline Durban, 05 Oct.    The following are due here shortly:

    From Bombay -

    Vadala and Woira with 19/Hussars

    Valitana and Sirsa with 2/Gordons

    Wardha, Narrung and Lindula with 9/Lancers

    Noushesa with an ammunition column

    Patiala, Nwrosa and Virawa with 5/DG

    From Calcutta -

    Nivrana with transport animals

    Henzada with Ord. Fld. Dep.

    Nerbudda with relief mules

    Sirdbana and India with Gloucester Regt.


 Dateline Durban, 06 Oct.    5 transports with troops from India have arrived, namely:

    Sutlej with half the Devons

    Purnea with 885 KRR.

    Booldana with 53rd Field Btry. , 280 men and 160 horses

    Pandua with part of the 19/Hussars will not land her but sent along to Cape Town 

    City of London with remainder of the Devons

    Among the arrivals were Sir Archibald Hunter, Col. Woolfe Murray.


Dateline Durban, 07 Oct.    2 Transports arrived to-day:

    Ellora with 18th and 24th Batteries (?) Field Hospital, Maj. Porter commanding

    Vadaila with "C” 19/Hussars, Maj. Apthorp commanding, 209 horses and 12 mules.


p8    The Gaul landed the Northumberland Fus. at Cape Town , Saturday. Officers are listed:

Lt.-Col.  C.G.C. Money, C.B., commanding; Majors Hon.  C.  Lambton, D.S.O., and E.W. Dashwood, Ray; Captains E.B. Eager, C.E. Keith Falconer, C.H.L. James, D.  Sapte, R.H. Isacke, and F.C. Ferguson; Lieuts.  A.J.B. Percival, C.E. Fishbourne, H.T. Crispin, C.A. Armstrong, F.  Bevan, H.T. Buckley, H.G. Lynch-Staunton, F. Bevan, H.C. Hall,  H.S. Toppin (Tappin), R.C.B. Lethbridge,  A.C. Girdwood, F.L. Festing, and F.R. Coates, R.W.N. Brine;   C.W.  Brown and St.J.E. Montagu; Lt.  and Q’mstr.  J.  Bett.

    Other Corps – Lt.  Cols.  J.  Sherston, D.S.O., Staff, and J.  Stoneham, ASC; Capt. E.J. Ward, ASC, Lt. C.E. Pigott, ASC, Capt. A.K. Seccombe, ASC,; Lts.  D.C.E. Grose, ASC, F.B. Lord, ASC, C.E.I. McNalty, ASC, and F.F. Duffus, ASC; C.R. Law, ASC, M. Cairns, ASC, G. Macfarlane, ASC, and W.  English, ASC.


LT, 12/10/99.

p5a    Dateline Durban Oct.10.    The transport Nairung has arrived here with the 2nd

squadron.of the 9th Lancers. The Nowshera with the remainder of the 9th Lancers has arrived.


LT, 13/10/99.

p5a    Dateline Durban Oct. 11.    The transport Lindula has arrived with a squadron of the 5th

DG from India.


LT. 14/10/99.

p7a    Dateline Durban Oct.12.    The transport Avoca arrived this morning with The Royal

Irish Fusiliers. The Avoca has brought details of the Gordons and Gloucester Regt., a total of 1100 men. The transport Nevada has now arrived..


p9c    The government has chartered the Houlder Brother’s ship Langton Grange. The Cunard

Liner Pavonia sailed at 5 o’clock this afternoon for Southampton and will there embark troops. The Montezuma is to leave New Orleans on the 18th, and will have between 2,000 and 3,000 mules on board. Messrs Elder, Dempster’s steamer Arawa left Avonmouth yesterday for London and there will be taking out officers and men to SA. The Transport Department of the Admiralty has chartered 12 steamships to transport Sir Redvers Buller’s army corps, with stores and munitions for Cape Town, Port Elizabeth, Natal and Durban. The following vessels will be ready after 20 Oct. to embark troops and horses: Nubia, Gascon, Goorkha, Malta, Pavonia, Oriental, Hawarden Castle, Armenian, Nomadic, America, and Aurania.



LT, 16/10/99,                            

p5b    Dateline Durban Oct.12    The transport Nevada brought a field hospital and an

ammunition column.

    Dateline Durban Oct. 14    The transport Wardha, which left here for the Cape Town

with a portion of the 9th Lancers on board has returned here. She encountered a gale off East London and was considerably damaged and lost nearly 100 horses. The men have been transferred to the Avoca and the Nevada and will proceed to Cape Town this afternoon.

    The transports Gaul from Southampton with 31st Company ASC and the India and Henzada from India with the Gloucester Regt. and an ordnance field depot, and medical staff have arrived.

p5e    Dateline Cape Town Oct 12.    The transport Nairrung with a portion of the 9th Lancers on

board has arrived. The troops brought by the Powerful from Mauritius have been landed.

p6a    Dateline Wellington, Oct.14.    The New Zealand military contingent for SA sails on the

21st inst.

    Dateline Hobart, Oct. 14    Arrangements are being completed for sending 125 infantry

from Tasmania to the Cape. The contingent will sail on the Medic.

p6c    Dateline Chicago, Oct. 14    Four men are endevouring to raise a regiment composed of

Irishmen, Dutchmen, and Germans to fight for the Transvaal.

p7d    The following transports will leave Royal Albert Docks, Woolwich on the dates

mentioned: Manila, 17th inst.; Malta, 20th inst.; Oriental, 20th, and the Nomadic on the 21st.

    The chartered steamship Moor will be ready at Southampton on 21 Oct. for embarcation of officers and men of the ASC for Natal.

    Messrs. Ismay, Imrie, and Co. have received a request from the Government of Victoria for the services of their liner Medic, now at Melbourne, to convey the colonial contingent, some 600 infantry and cavalry with their horses to the Cape. The troops consist of units from Victoria, and South and West Australia. The steamer is being fitted and is expected to sail about Oct. 20.

    Messrs. Houlder Brothers, have received information that their steamer Southern Cross left Gibralter at 4:30 yesterday with 680 mules for the Cape.

    Messrs. Elder, Dempster’s steamer Arawa has been engaged by the Government and has left Avonmouth for London.

    A Reuter telegram, dated Naples, Oct. 14, states that British officers have been there for some time engaged in buying mules for SA. 1,500 have already been shipped and more are following.



 LT, 17/10/99.

(CHART #1)                   

p10c.    The following programme of embarcation has been issued from the War Office:

SHIP            FROM        DATE        UNIT

Yorkshire(14)     Southampton,     Oct.20        2/Royal West Surry, Det. No.2 Co. RAMC

Roslin Castle(26)    Southampton        Oct.20        2nd Brigade Staff, Special Service officers, 2/Devonshire Regt., 2/West Yorks. Regt. No.2 Co. RAMC, Depot Cos. RAMC, Signalling officers, ASC, Army Pay Dept. & Corps, and Civilian medical officers.

Harlech Castle(27?)    Southampton        Oct.20        Det. 2/East Surrey Regt., Half 2/(HQ) Northhamptonshire Regt. & Det. Depot. Cos. RAMC.

Lismore Castle(27?)    Southampton        Oct.20        H.Q. & 7 Cos. 2/East Surrey Regt. Det. Depot Cos. RAMC, & Army Pay Corps

Manila(30)        Southampton        Oct.20        2/Devon Regt. Det. Depot Cos. RAMC, Details, Staff & MI

Nubia(4)        Southampton        Oct.21        1/Scots Guards, half 2/Northamptonshire Regt., #18 Co. RAMC, & Details

Gascon(Freighter)    Southampton        Oct.21        2/CG, 1st Telegraph Div., RE, 31st Fortress Co., RE, #13 Co. RAMC, Ordnance Survey, RE, #19 Co. RAMC, Details, & Line of Communication Staffs.

Goorkha (Ftr.)    Southampton        Oct.21        1st Brigade Staff, 3/GG, 10th Railway Co., RE, Royal Engineers, Regt. Staff, 1st Division, RE, 17th Field Co., RE, Det. #13 Co., RAMC

Malta (Ftr)        Southampton        Oct.22        1/CG, Det. #18 Co. RAMC, Draft, 8th (Depot Rwy.) Co., RE & Details, MI, Staff, 1st Brigade, Aldershot Co. MI, Southern Co., MI, Machine Gun Section.

Pavonia(18)        Southampton        Oct.22        2/Royal Fusiliers, 2/Royal Scots Fusiliers, & #7 Co. RAMC

 Oriental(Ftr)        Southampton        Oct.23        6th Brigade Staff, 1/Royal Welsh Fusiliers, 1st Co. 2/Royal Welsh Fusiliers, & #11 Co. RAMC

Harwarden Castle(29)Southampton        Oct.23        2/Royal Irish Fusiliers, & #17 RAMC


                    continued next page


Aurania(20)        Southampton        Oct.23        3rd Brigade Staff, 1/Highland Light Infantry, #1 Co. RAMC, Regt. Staff, RE, 2nd Div., 11th Field Co., RE, MI, South-Eastern Co., MI, Cork Co., MI, & Machine Gun Section

Armenian(25)        Tilbury Docks        Oct.23        Brigade Div. Staff, 1st Div. RFA, 7th Batty. RFA, 14th Batty, RFA, 66th Batty. RFA, Ammunition Column, 1st Div., Field Troop, RE, Det. #19 Co., RAMC

Nomadic(34)        Albert Docks        Oct.23        Remounts, Det., #9 Co. RAMC., 1st Cav. Brig., 10th Rwy. Co., RE, 19th Hussars, & 17th Field Co., RE

America(32)        Tilbury Docks        Oct. 24    R Btty. RHA, 1st Cav. Brig., Ammunition Column, Det. Field Troop, RE, & Det. #9 Co. RAMC

                Ends this chart

    I will refer back to this chart when there are repeat mentions.


p10e    The vessels with officers and troops alloted them are as follows:




Roslin Castle        80        1004        6

Yorkshire        32        1103        6

Harlech Castle    23        700        -

Lismore Castle    20        990        6

Manila            22        1000        6

Nubia            62        1606        6

Gascon        160        1520        6

Goorkha        160        1520        6

Malta            75        1587        6

Pavonia        90        1504        6

Oriental        75        1218        6

Hawarden Castle    80        1004        6

Aurania        150        1704        6

Armenian        36        733        658

Nomadic        6        60        614

America        16        350        276

        ends this list


    The Transport Department of the Admiralty has chartered 15 more ships for transport of troops and supplies to SA. They will be ready after Oct. 23. They are: City of Cambridge, Orient, German, Servia, Orcana, Mongolian, Kildonan Castle, Jamaican, Siberian, City of Vienna, Cephalonia, Catalonia, and Mohawk.



LT, 18/10/99                           

p10c    The Atlantic Transport Company (Ltd.) have offered to the Government the gratuitous

 use of their steamship Maine as a hospital ship for so long as the war may continue.. The Government has accepted.


Cape Times Weekly Edition   18/10/99

p3    Dateline Simon’s Town, 11 Oct.    The Powerful landed 200 troops brought from Mauritius at Cape Town .  Dateline Tuli, 12 Oct.    Cols. Plumer and Bodle left here last night for Rhode’s Drift.


p4    Here, a very long list of Volunteer units called out with a list of their officers:

    Prince Alfred’s Own Cape Arty.    Majs. F.W. Devine, T.J.J. Inglesby, Capts. A. McCleod (attached) & Qm W.E. Thomas, Lts. R. Janisch, F.R. Day, Chaplain Dean.

    Cape Garrison Arty.    Lt.-Col. A.P. de Villers, Capts. F.G. Myburgh, H. Clarke, P.C. van B. Bam, T.E. Lawton, W.A. Russell, Lts. J. Sampson, A.D.A. Borcherds, H. Brown, 2/Lts. J. Lyle, K.H.M. Veale, W.J.A.E. Horne, C.C. Chase, C. Gutsche, C.P. Smuts, N.A.N. Black, D. McCarthy, C.E. Kidger, Adj.-Capt. D.F.H. Logan, Paymaster, Hon. Lt. J.J.B. Proctor, Maj. J.H. Walker (attached), Surg.-Capt. J. Hewat (attached).

    Frontier Mounted Rifles. (Cathcart).        Maj. J.H.R. Hart, Capts. W.H. Phillips, J.W. Pinnoy, W.M. Borcherds, Lts. U.P. Estmant, B.J. Krog, E.A. Blunden, 2/Lts. A. Milford, F.J. Fuller, F.M. de Cerjat, Surg.-Capt. Q.R. Veitch, Rev. G.H.P. Jacques.

    Duke of Edinburgh’s Own Volunteer Rifles ( Cape Town ) Lt.-Col. W.A. Spence V.D., Maj. H. Woodhead, Capts. H.M. Beatty, W.V. Simkins, C.C.H. Brown, F.M.S. Pennell, R.A. Hemmena, J. Mansfield, F. Charnock, F.W.F. Johnson, Lts. J.A. Williams, A. Leeson-Prince (22nd Middlesex, attached), 2/Lts. H.F. Spence, R.H.C. Vance, W.F. Tewson, A.H.M. Cramer, Adj.-Maj. J. Lewis, Commissariat Officer Maj. and Hon.  Lt.-Col. H.G. Daniell, V.D., Paymaster-Capt. J. Art, Qm.-Capt. A.S. Harker.

    Cape Town Highlanders.   Lt.-Col. B.M. Duff, V.D., Capts. W. Jardine, W.J. Robertson, J.H.H. Watermeyer, F.H. Solomon, Lts. H.G. Berghuys, J.P. Edwards, G. Scott, L.S. Meintjes, J. Grant, 2/Lts. T. Mackenzie, W.H. Hore, J.V.M. Watermeyer, Acting Adj.-Maj. W. Standford, Commissariat Capt. J. Forrest, Paymaster-Capt. T.W. Cairncross, Qm.-Capt. G.A. Scott, Rev. J.M. Russell.

    First City Graham’s Town Volunteers.  Maj. H.T. Tamplin, Capts. G. Marshall, E.G.A. Booth, 2/Lt. Hon. A.L. Lindsay, Adj. and Capt. F.A. Saunders, Surg.-Capt. T.G. Greenlees, Rev. W.H. Turpin.

    Kaffrarian Rifles (East London).  Capts. H.B. Cumming, A.R. Barnes, R.H. Price, 2/Lts. E.S. Williams, C.D. Wakefield, J.W. McLean, Pay.-Capt. A.M. Street, Qm. Hon. Lt. J.R. Cowie, Surg.-Capt. W. Darley-Hartley, Rev. A. Grant.

    Prince Albert’s Volunteer Guard (Port Elizabeth).  Maj. G.C.S. Clarke, Capts. H.W. Court, J.C. Uppleby, A.P.J. Wares, G.F. Hoy, 2/Lt. F.W. Leeds, Chaplain and Hon. Maj. A.T. Wirgman, V.D., Surg.-Lt. H.B. Slater.

    Cape Medical Staff Corps (B Company) Surg.-Maj. J.H. Cox, Qm. Hon. Capt. W. Dawson.


p8    Dateline Lourenco Marques, Oct. 10.  H.M.S. Philomel is waiting to intercept the German liner Kanzler looking for ammo.

    Dateline Delagoa Bay, Oct. 9.  The Philomel intercepted the Guelph and ammo. consigned to Delagoa Bay was landed at Durban.

    Dateline Lourenco Marques, Oct. 11.  French shipments of ammo were stopped when German cargoes were detained.   


LT 19/10/99

p6b & 6c    The following additions to the programme of embarcations were received at the

War Office yesterday:

    SS Mongolian, Glasgow, Oct.21 (17) 2/Seaforth Highlanders; #8 Co. RAMC (a) and #4 Stationary Hospital (b).

    SS Orient, Tilbury Dock, Oct. 22 (24) 2/Royal Highlanders; MI, Staff, 2nd Cav. Brig.; Northern Co. MI; Western Co. MI; Machine Gun Section; Det. #3 Co. RAMC(c)

    SS City of Vienna, Victoria Dock, Oct. 22 (36) Staff 1st Cav. Brig.; 12th Lancers(d); #9 Co. RAMC(e).

    SS Mohawk, West India Dock, Oct. 22, (33) 12th Lancers; #9 Co. RAMC(f).

    SS Siberian, Glasgow, Oct. 21 & Queenstown Oct. 24 (46) H.Q. 14th Hussars;A Squad. 14th Hussars; Det #4 Stationary Hospital(g).

    SS Jamaican, Liverpool, Oct 21, & Queenstown Oct 23. (37) B Squad. 14th Hussars & #19 Co. Field Hospital RAMC(h)

    SS City of Cambridge, Glasgow, Oct 23 (15) 2/Scottish Rifles; Det. #8 Co. RAMC(i)

    SS America, Tilbury Dock, Oct. 24 (32) R Batty RHA,; 1st Cav. Bde, Amm Col.; Field Troop(j), RE, Det. #9 Co. RAMC.

    SS Cephalonia, Southampton, Oct. 24 (19) 4th Bde. Staff; 1/Durham Light Inf.; #3 Co. RAMC(k); Dublin Co. MI; Eastern Co. MI; Machine Gun Sect.; #6 Co. RAMC; Details A.O.C. Woolwich.

    SS German, Southampton, Oct. 27 (Frt) 1/Rifle Brig.; Det. #3 Co. RAMC(l); 26th Field Co. RE; 1st Field Park RE.

    SS Orcana, Liverpool, Oct. 23 & Queenstown Oct. 25 (40) 1/Argyll & Sutherland Highlanders; Det #8 Co. RAMC(m).

    Servia, Liverpool, Nov 2, Queenstown,  Nov. 4 (31) 3/KRRC; #14 Co (Field Hosp.)& # 14 Co. (Bearer Co.) RAMC; #2 Stationary Hospital(n).

    SS Kildonan Castle, Southampton, Oct.29 (44) 1/Welsh Regt.; 2/Northumberland Fusiliers; #3 Stationary Hospital; #2 General Hospital(o); Regt. Staff, Corps Troops, Engineers; A Pontoon Troop, RE; 1st Balloon Sect., RE.

    SS Catalonia, Liverpool, Nov. 3, Queenstown, Nov. 5. (21) 5th Bde. Staff(p); 1/Royal Inniskilling Fusiliers; Det. #16 Co. RAMC

    (a) Dets. in ss City of Cambridge, and ss Orcana

    (b) Det. in ss Siberian

    (c) H.Q. in ss Cephalonia

    (d) H.Q.

    (e) H.Q. in ss Mohawk

    (f) Detachments in ss Nomadic and ss City of Vienna.

    (g) H.Q. in ss Mongolian

     (h) H.Q. in ss Gascon

     (i) H.Q. in ss Mongolian and ss City of Vienna

    (j) H.Q. in ss Armenian

    (k) Dets. in ss German and ss Orient

    (l) H.Q. in ss Cephalonia

    (m) H.Q, in ss Mongolian. Det. to embark at Liverpool.

    (n) Embark at Liverpool

    (o) Eleven nurses by freight ship

    (p) Embark at Liverpool



LT 20/10/99                           

p10b& c    The Union Company’s steamer Moor, leaving Southampton for SA to-morrow

 will convey the following officers:

    To Cape Town  – Lt.-Gen Lord Methuen, Colonels R.B. Mainwaring & E. Townsend; Brevet Lt.-Col. H. B. Northcott; Majors G.E. Benson, C.H. Burtchaell, H. Streatfeild &  Hon. J.H.G. Byng(Army Corps Staff); Captains R. J Ross, R.H. Standen, ASC, & W. Price, Army Post Office Corps, Lieutenants Hon. E.D. Loch, E.W. Brooke, ASC, W.W. Carey, ASC, E.W.W. Scott, ASC, & McClintock, Army Post Office Corps; Rev. T.F. Falkner, Nursing Sister Miss M. Lowe.

    To Port Elizabeth  – Maj.-Gen. Sir C.F. Clery, Maj. F.E. Cooper, Capt. L. Parke, Maj. & Brev. Col. B.M. Hamilton, Capt. H. Gogarty, Maj. G.F. Ellison, Rev. A.A.L. Gedge, Rev. J. Robertson, Col. T.J. Gallwey ( in medical charge ), Maj. W. Babtie, and Lt. J.S. Cavendish.

    To East London  – Maj.-Gen Sir W.F. Gatacre, Capt. R.H. Hare, Col. R.E. Allen, Lt.-Col. W.H.H. Waters, Capt. J.R.F. Sladen, Rev. E. Ryan, Rev. R. Armitage, Lt.-Col. J.D. Edge, Maj. G.E. Twiss, Capt. S. FitzG. Cox, Lt. A.J. McNeill.

    To Natal  – Lt. F.H.S. Roberts.

    In addition the Moor will convey 10 warrent officers and 604 non-commissioned officers and men all of the ASC , the majority of whom will land at Cape Town.

    The Union Company’s steamer Trojan, chartered by the Admiralty for service in SA waters as a hospital ship, left Southampton at noon yesterday.

    A party of the Army Post Office Corps has been added to the Goorkha (see Chart 1) a similar party will embark on the Roslin Castle (see Chart 1).

    The Army Remount Dept. has secured 6,000 mule in Italy. 2,000 have already been shipped from Naples by the steames Hyades and Devona, and the Kelvingrove will leave today with 1,000 more.

    700 mules left Gibralter on Monday aboard the steamer Southern Cross. 560 mules will depart from Albert Docks on Monday aboard the Nomadic for Cape Town.

    Five thousand tons of compressed forage leave this week for Durban.

    From New Orleans, the steamers Prah and Montezuma have already taken 2,700 mules for SA and the steamer Carinthia is now loading 1,000. 3,500 remain to be shipped. Prices averaged about $200 each.


LT 21/10/99

p9e   Messrs. Elder, Dempster’s steamer Mount Royal left Liverpool at noon yesterday for the Cape via Naples, with two officers and 64 men of the ASC. She takes on 40 mule attendants and over 2,000 mules from Naples.


LT, 23/10/99                           

p12d, e & f.          Today the sailing of the Pavonia has been a great event. She sailed from the Empress Dock with the 2/Royal Scots Fusiliers and the 2/Royal Fusiliers, both in scarlet. The former 682 men and 25 officers; the latter 753 men and 29 officers. An hour or two later the Malta sailed with Reservists of the 1/CG as far as Gibralter, from whence she will proceed with the full battalion. She takes out some RE and a strong body of MI.

    The embarcation of the 2/Royal Highlanders and MI in the Orient, now transport #24, took place at Tilbury Dock. Not long after 5 o’clock the whole force, consisting of 47 officers and 1187 men, was on board with everything stowed. The MI were first to arrive with 11 officers and 282 men. The 2/ Royal Highlanders number 29 officers and 887 men. Beside the troops mentioned, the Orient carries 5 officers and 15 men of the MI Staff, 2/Cav. Brigade, a machine gun section and a field hospital detachment of one officer and three men.

    The Armenian is due to sail to-day from Tilbury Dock with artillery and horses.

The transports City of Vienna and Mohawk delayed departure from Royal Albert Docks due to fog.

    The troops embarked in the City of Vienna were the 12th Lancers, consisting of 15 officers, one warrant officer and 310 men, 295 horses, 1 gun, and 3 vehicles; the 1st Cav. Brig. Staff, consisting of 3 officers, 16 men and 2 horses; Cav. Div. Staff consisting of 6 officers, 19 men and 9 horses; Cav. Div. consisting of 4 men and 2 horses; Staff R.A.M.C., 2 officers and 1 horse; Detachment of #9 Co. R.A.M.C. for field hospitals, 1 officer, 3 men, and 1 scripture reader.

    The troops for the Mohawk comprised 11 officers, 248 men, and 206 horses of the 12th Lancers; #9 Co. RAMC consisting of 3 officers, 1 warrant officer, 28 men and 2 vehicles.

    The Seaforth Highlanders embarked Saturday at Glasgow in the City of Cambridge. The transport Jamaican left Liverpool on Saturday morning for the Cape, calling at Queenstown to-day, to embark the B sqdn. 14th Hussars and #19 Co. RAMC (field hospital). Accommodation has been provided for 350 men and 170 horses, and the steamer also carries provisions for 6 months.

    The steamer Montezuma, with 2039 mules, has left New Orleans for Cape Town.


LT, 24/10/99

p5b    Reuter’s Agency has issued the following note: The Sidney telegram of Saturday’s date

relative to the Australian contingent for SA should have read that 35 New South Wales Lancers would sail in the Kent, and not the 35th New South Wales Lancers.


p10a      (CHART #2) The following particulars relating to embarcation of an army corps and a

cavalry division for the Cape were issued yesterday by the War Office. It is explained that some staffs, ASC, RE, Army Ordnance, and medical units have already embarked, and that all transports, freight and store ships call at Cape Town “for orders.”

    Embarkation of an Army Corps

SHIP        DATE        FROM        WITH

Britanic (62)    24 Oct.    Liverpool        2/Royal Irish Rifles

        26 Oct        Queenstown        Det. #16 Co. RAMC (Bearer Co.)

Glengyle(35)    27 Oct        Royal Albert Dock    O Batty. RHA;

                            Ammunition Column,    2nd Cavalry Brigade*;

                            Det. #12, RAMC (Bearer Co.)

Pindari(49)    28 Oct.    Birkenhead        Brig. Div. Staff, RHA Corps Troops

                (West Float)        G & P Batty., RHA

                            Det. Ammunition Col. 2nd Cav. Brig.

Det. #5 Co. RAMC (Field Hospital)

Persia(54)    24 Oct        Glasgow        C Sqdn., 6th Dragoons

        28 Oct.    Queenstown        Det. #2 Stationary Hospital**

Manchester    29 Oct.    Tilbury Dock        1st Dragoons

   Port(41)                        Det. #12 Co. RAMC (Bearer Co.)

Urmaton    01 Nov.    Birkenhead        Brig, Div. Staff, RFA, 2nd Div.

   Grange(22)            (East Float)        64th Batty. RFA

                            Det. #14 Co. RAMC***

Rapidan(51)    01 Nov.    Liverpool,(Brockle-    Remounts

                bank Dock)        Field Troop, RE

                            Det. #2 Stationary Hospital

        *      One non-commissioned officer, five men, and five horses in ss Pindari

 **    Detachment to embark at Glasgow

***    To embark at Liverpool. H.Q. in ss Servia


    The Cunard ship Aurania (see chart #1) add # 1 Co. RAMC. Embarked 1656 persons.

The Oriental (see Chart #1) add a company of Royal Scots Fusiliers and a company of RAMC. Embarked 1199 persons.

    The Harwarden Castle (see Chart #1) embarked 964 soldiers.

    The Cephalonia will depart to-morrow with the Durham Light Infantry and the 4th Brigade Staff.


p10b    The City of Vienna and the Mohawk sailed yesterday from the Royal Albert Dock. The

carried the 12th Lancers, 1st Cav. Brigade Staff and a detachment of RAMC.


p10c    The Jamaican sailed from Queenstown yesterday. She embarked there 156 men and 142

horses of the B Sqdn. 6th (Innsikilling) Dragoons. Lt. Rogers and 3 men of the Army

Medical Corps also joined the Jamaican. The transport City of Cambridge embarked the 2/Scottish Rifles(Cameronians) 965 strong at Glasgow yesterday morning for SA.


p10d    No.2 General Hospital has concluded mobilization at the Royal Victoria Hospital, Netley,

and is ready for sailing. They were to have sailed on the Kildonan Castle on Saturday but sailing has been delayed until Saturday week. The hospital is composed of 20 medical officers, 9 nurses, 1 quartermaster, 2 warrent officers, 11 sergeants, 15 corporals, 2 buglers, and 115 privates. The officers will include Col. Duke, RAMC, in charge; Maj. Addison, secretary and registrar; Lt.-Col. O’Connell, Majors Longherd and McDonald; Lt. Norman, in charge of Rontgen rays;  Quartermaster and Hon. Lt. Hawkey.



LT, 25/10/99,                       

p7a    The Cephalonia left Southampton to-day at 8 o’clock. She carried 51 officers and 1385 OR’s . 21 officers of 4th Brig. Staff. 29 officers and 882 men of 1/Durham Light Inf., 3 officers and 28 men of 3rd Co. RAMC, 11 officers and 281 men MI., 5 officers and 35 men of 6th Co. RAMC., 71 details of the A.O.C. and 66 Reservists RAMC.

    At Tilbury Oct. 24th the America, Transport #32, embarked R Batty. RHA, 1st Cav. Brig. Ammunition Column and a detachment of AMC., a total of 10 officers, 1 warrent officer and 265 men, 273 horses.


Cape Times Weekly Edition   25/10/99 Nothing Noted.


LT , 26/10/99 (Thursday)

p10b    The 1st (Royal) Dragoons, under Colonel J.  F.  Burn-Murdoch, are to be conveyed by train on Sunday from Hounslow to Tilbury Dock to embark in the steamer Manchester Port for South Africa , to join the 2nd Cavalry Brigade, commanded by Colonel Brabazon.


LT, 27 10/99.

p5c & d     The transport Zayathla arrived at Cape Town on Wednesday and the transport Jelunga arrived at Natal yesterday.  Dateline Gibralter, Oct. 26. The transport Goorkha arrived here and landed 150 men of the A & S Highlanders and 150 men of the Derbyshire Regt.. She embarked for SA the 3/Grenadier Guards of over 1,000 men.  Dateline Las Palmas, Oct.26. The Harlech Castle and Lismore Castle with the 2/East Surrey Regt and the 2/Northamptonshire Regt. arrived here this morning. The Roslin Castle left last night for the Cape.


LT, 28/10/99

p7d   The Braemar Castle arrived Cape Town on Thursday woth about 1,500 officers and men on board. The steamer Gaika arrived at Cape Town on Monday, pm and departed for Natal on Thursday. The Gascon left Teneriffe for Cape Town at noon yesterday.  Dateline Hobart, Oct. 27. 80 men of the Tasmanian Inf. sailed from Launceston to-day for Melbourne, where they will join the Victorian contingent leaving by the Oceanic liner Medic for SA to-morrow.


p12a & b.   The German leaves Southampton to-day with 1/Rifle Brig., the 26th Field C. RE., 3rd Brigade Staff, #2 Co, AMC., some 1,200 men in all and a large quantity of stores, on board. The following will embark in the Carisbrook Castle, which will leave Southampton to-day: The Duke of Hamilton, Maj.-Gen Marshall, Capt. Kirby, ADC., Col. Brabazon, CB., Col. Harrington Stuart, Col. Martin, Maj. the Hon. C. Bingham, Maj. C.R. Sclater, Capt. French, Capt. Balfour, Capt. Nauton, Capt. H. Mann, Capt. Clunie, Lt. Stirling Lecky, RN., Col. the Earl of Dundonald, CB., Capt. Lord Manners, Capt. Pakenham, Lt. F.B. Dugdale, Lt. E.E. Terry, the Hon G. Saumarez, Mrs. Richard Chamberlain (Red Cross Society), Miss Chamberlain (Red Cross), Col. Young (Red Cross), and Nursing Sisters Hardement, Culverwell, Watson, Falcon, Babb, Woollcombe, Maclean, Beck, Kenahan, Sainsbury, De Montmorency, Baker, and Macintyre; also 20 officers on special service.

    A portion of the 2nd Cav. Brig. embarked yesterday at the Royal albert Dock in the Glengyle. Also boarding were the O.R.H.A., an ammunition column and a bearer company. The transport Arawa has been ordered to Porssmouth to fit out for the conveyance of troops to the Cape. 

    The large Anchor Liner City of Rome, whish recently arrived at Greenock from New York, has been chartered by her Majesty’s Government for a hospital ship in SA waters.



LT, 30/10/99                           

p5f    Dateline Sydney, Oct. 28.    The steamship Kent sailed to-day with the first portion of the

New South Wales contingent for SA, consisting of 3 officers and 37 men of the Lancers, 6 officers and 80 men of the Medical Corps, 4 special service officers and 189 horses.

    The steamer Manila arrived at St. Vincent on the way to the Cape with the 2/devonshire Regt.

    Dateline Gibralter, Oct. 28. 1/CG, 1,000 strong left to-night for SA in the P. & O. Company’s steamer Malta.

    Dateline Teneriffe, Oct. 29. The Union Co.’s steamer Goorkha, conveying the 1st Brigade Staff, a number of the Railway and Field Companies RE., and the 3/GG for SA arrived here at 6 o’clock this morning and sailed for the Cape at 1 pm.


p10a, b & c     Dateline Southampton, Oct. 29.   The Union Steamship Co.’s steamer German sailed from here yesterday carrying 1/Rifle Brigade, a field co. RE and a number of ASC nen. Total military was 40 officers, 2 warrent officers and 1428 men. of whom 1082 were of the Rifle Brig.

    From Southampton also sailed the Carisbrook Castle with a number of nurses and 30 special service officers.

    On Friday the A & S Highlanders sailed from Cork Harbour for SA. They consisted of 32 officers and 987 men.

    The transport Persia, of the Anchor Line embarked on Saturday C Sqdn. 6/Inniskilling Dragoons comprising 6 officers, 156 men and 154 horses.

    The following list shows the names of vessels, the ports and probable dates of departure, the transport # and the troops to be carried:

    Ss. Englishman, Liverpool (Hornby Dock), Nov. 3, Queenstown, Nov. 5, #60, Brigade Div. Staff, RFA(3rd Div.); 74th Batty., RFA; 77th Batty. RFA.; Ammunition Column, 3rd Div.*; Det. #5 Co. RAMC(Field Hospital) (500 men and 367 horses)

    Ss. Dictator, Liverpool (Toxteth Dock), Nov. 2, Queenstown, Nov. 4. #63, 1/ Royal Scots; Det. #5 Co. RAMC (Field Hospital)**.  (1,000 men)

    Ss. Ismore, Liverpool(Langton Dock), Nov. 5, #39.  10th Hussars, HQ., C Sqdn 3 Troops, B Sqdn.; #9 Co. RAMC (Bearer Co.),***, a Sqdn. 10th Hussars; 1 Troop B Sqdn. 10th Hussars. (450 men and 440 horses)

    Ss. Columbian, Liverpool (Langton Dock), Nov. 5, #39.  10th Hussars, HQ, C Sqdn., 3 Troops, B Sqdn.; #9 Co. RAMC (Bearer Co.)**** (360 men and 300 horses).

    Ss. Ranee, Glasgow, Nov. 5, #58.  Foreign Military Attaches; 1 Sqdn., 2nd Dragoons; Det. #12 Co. RAMC. (Bearer Co.) (250 men and 176 horses)

    Ss. Bavarian, Liverpool, (Hornby Dock) Nov. 8, Queenstown, Nov. 10. #16.  Regt. Staff, 3 Div. Eng.: 12th Field Co. RE; 1/Connaught Rangers; 1/Royal Dublin Fusiliers; #10 Co. RAMC (Field Hospital); #16 Co. RAMC (Bearer Co.)***** (2,200 men)

    * To embark Queenstown

    ** Det. to embark at Liverpool.

    *** Dets. in ss America and ss Columbian.

    **** HQ in ss Ismore.

    ***** Dets. in ss Britanic and ss Catalonia


    Kildonan Castle, Southampton, Nov.4. 1/Welsh, 2/Northumberland Fusiliers, a det. 2/Black Watch, #3 Stationary Hospital, #2 General Hospital, corps troops, engineer staff, a pontoon troop, and other engineer details - 2,300 men.

    Servia, Liverpool, Nov. 2. and Queenstown Nov. 4.  3/King’s Royal Rifles, det. 1/A & S Highlanders, #14 Co. RAMC, #2 Stationary Hospital, #3 General Hospital, Medical Store Depots, and Army Pay Dept.  - 1540 men.

    Catalonia, Liverpool, Nov. 3 and Queenstown Nov. 5.  5th Brig. Staff, 1/Royal Iniskilling Fusiliers, a bearer co. #16 Co., RAMC., #11 Co. AOC.  - 1,100 men.

    Changes to Pindari - to sail today with additional 42 Co. RE.. Total being 514 men and 417 horses.

    Changes to the Urmston Grange - from Birkenhead on Wednesday will carry 200 men and 140 horses, some details of RE. and ASC being added to the 2 Div. Art. Staff., 64th Batty. and #14 Co., RAMC.

    Changes to the Ripadan  - from Liverpool on Wednesday will be 500 men and 470 horses, including 380 remounts. A large batch of 354 Reservists rejoined for ASC have been added to the ship’s load which already includes a RE field troop and #2 Stationary Hospital.



LT, 31/10/99,                       

p5d.   Dateline Quebec, Oct. 30.  The Sardinian sailed at 4:15 pm with the Canadian Contingent   for SA.

    The P. & O. steamer Sumatra arrived at Durban on Sunday and the Nubia arrived at St. Vincent on Sunday and left on Monday. The Manila arrived St. Vincent on Sunday.. The Harwarden Castle arrived at Las Palmas Saturday night and departed Sunday morning for Cape Town.

    Dateline Calcutta, Oct. 30.  The Congella left Saturday for the Cape with a veterinary field hospital from Meerut.

    Dateline Cape Verde, Oct. 30.  The Lismore Castle passed here.

    Dateline Tenerife, Oct. 30. The Nomadic passed here.

    Dateline Valencia, Oct. 29.  The British Army officers sent to buy mules in Spain have concluded their tour. They have bought 2,000 animals at a cost varying from 400 to 900 pesetas. 5050 have already embarked at Gibralter for the Cape and the rest will be shipped here.


p10b    Dateline Tilbury, Oct 30.   The Manchester Port sailed this afternoon with the Royal Dragoons, not Dragoon Guards. The total force embarked was 27 officers, 1 warrent officer, 561 men and 516 horses..


p10c    Two batts.  (G and P) of the RHA, 1 co RE a detachment of Military Mounted Police and several officers of the Medical Corps embarked at Birkenhead in the steamship Pindari


p10d   The Kelvin Grove left Naples on Oct. 25 with 1,000 mules, making the 3rd thousand shipped from that port. This week the Mount Royal will sail with 2,000 more.



LT, 01/11/99,    (Wednesday)                       

p5d The British India Steam Navigation Co. states that the transport Zibenghla, which left the Mersey on Oct. 2 with Field Artillery on board arrived at Cape Town on Monday.

    The Union Steamship Co.’s steamer Gaika, having 11 officers, 1 warrent officer 203 men, 120 horses and 53 wagons, forming an ammunition column, arrived at East London, Natal and landed the troops safely yesterday.

    The P. & O. Co.’s steamship Oriental arrived at St. Vincent at daylight yesterday with the 1/Royal Welsh Fusiliers, and was to leave last night; and the same co.’s steamer Malta which arrived at Las Palmas at daylight yesterday with the 1/CG from Gibralter, left at 10 o’colck in the morning.

    Dateline Las Palmas, Oct 31.  The transports Mohawk and City of Vienna, with troops for the Cape on board, left here last night. The transport Britannic has arrived, and will leave for SA this afternoon.

    Dateline St. Vincent. Oct. 30.  The transport Aurania arrived here at about 10 a.m. to-day


Cape Times Weekly Edition   01/11/99 Missing paper



LT, 02/11/99, (Thursday)

p5b.  Dateline Brisbane, Nov. 1.  The Queensland contingent for service in SA embarked to-day on the steamer Cornwall, which has been chartered by the Government and specially fitted out as a transport.

    The White Star Australian liner Medic, in which the Victorian and Tasmanian contingents left Melbourne on Saturday, and on board which the South Australian contingent embarked at Adelaide on Tuesday, left for Albany, where she is to take on board the West Australian contingent.

p5e.    The Orient Line steamer Orient, having on board the Black Watch for SA, arrived at St.

Vincent yesterday morning and left in the afternoon.

p7a.    About 10 o’clock last night the Houlder Line steamship Urmston Grange, which had

embarked at Birkenhead the 64th Batty. RFA, a detachment of the Durham Light Inf., and a section of the RAMC, steamed down the Mersey on her way to the Cape.

    At Liverpool, the Rapidan is embarking a field troop of RE consisting of 118 men, Maj.  Hunter Weston commanding.  80 horses, ammunition and tool carts were also loaded.  3 trains brought 260 men, ASC, and 380 horses, Capt.  Kemble commanding.  A detail of RAMC were also embarked.

    The steamer Briton will depart Southampton on Saturday with 2/Somersetshire Light Inf., Lt.-Col.  E.J. Galwey commanding.  In addition there will also be 11 naval officers, 2 p.o. 350 seamen and Marines.


LT, 03/11/99, (Friday)

p5e.      Dateline St. Vincent, Nov. 2.   The Cunard Line steamer Pavonia left here this morning, and the Cephalonia arrived.

    A Reuter telegram from Liverpool states that the Cunard transport Aurania,  with 1,709 troops on board, which arrived at St. Vincent on the morning of Oct. 30, left for Cape Town on the 31st.

    The Union Co.’s steamer Trojan, which has been fitted up by the Government as a hospital ship, left St. Vincent on Saturday afternoon, and is due to arrive at the Cape on the 10th inst.

    The steamer Sumatra has been detained at Durban to convey wounded to Cape Town.


p10a & b    The following list shows the names of the vessels, the ports and probable dates of

departure, the number of the transport and the troops to be carried:

    Ss. Idaho, Chatham, Nov. 3, #38, 73rd Batty. RFA; Ammunition Column, 2nd Div.; Royal Artillery; #12 Co. RAMC (Bearer Co.)*.

    Ss. Wakool, Tilbury Dock, Nov. 3, #55, H.Q. and ½ 6th Dragoons**, ; Det., #4 General Hospital.

    Ss. Briton, Southampton, Nov. 4, (Freightship), 2/Somersetshire Light Inf.; Det. #4 General Hospital.

    Ss. Formosa, Royal Albert Dock, Nov. 5, #42, 2/Duke of Cornwall’s Light Inf., Det. #4 General Hospital.

     *    Det. in ss Manchester Port.

    ** Remainder in ss. Chicago

    N.B. (i) Some staffs, ASC, RE, AO, and mMedical Units have already embarked.

    (ii) All transports, freight, and storeships call at Cape Town “for orders”


    The Cunard steamship Servia steamed down the Mersey in a haze yesterday afternoon bound for the Cape. She had on board 45 officers and 152 men of the RAMC, 3 officers and 39 men from #2 Dtation Hospital, 33 members of the Army Pay Dept., and 11 civilian doctors attached to the RAMC. The Servia calls at Queenstown to embark other troops and is expected to make passage to the Cape in 18 days.

    Early yesterday morning the transport Rapidan, with 360 men and 380 horses of the ASC, a number of RAMC and a field troop of RE left the Mersey for SA.


LT, 04/11/99    (Saturday)                       

p7b    Dateline Sydney, Nov. 3.    The departure of the second section of the New South

Wales contingent of infantry and mounted rifles for SA on board the Aberdeen was marked by an enthusiastic demonstration of loyalty.

p8b, c & d    The following list shows the names of the vessels, the ports and probable dates of

departure, the number of the transport, and the troops to be carried:

    Ss. Algeria, Chatham, Nov. 7, #47, Brig. Div. Staff, RFA,Corps troops; 38th Batty, RFA; Ammunition Column (Howitzer); Det. #4 (General Hospital)

    Ss. Arawa, Southampton, Nov. 7, # 48, 2/Shropshire L.I.; Det. 2/Duke of Cornwall’s L.I.*; #5 Co. RAMC (Field Hospital).**

    Ss. Chigago, Royal Albert Dock, Nov. 8, #56, ½ 6th DG.***; “C” Sqdn. 2/Dragoons****; Det #4 (General Hospital).

    Ss. Cheshire, Liverpool (Harrington Dock), Nov. 9, #43, 1/Gordon Highlanders; ASC (Reservists); #7 Co. RAMC (Field Hospital).

    Ss. Templemore, Liverpool (Langton Dock), Nov. 10, #61, 13th Hussars*****; Det #4 (General Hospital).

    Ss. Greek, Southampton, Nov. 11, Freight-ship, 1/Essex Regt.; Det. #4 (General Hospital)

    Ss. Scot, Southampton, Nov. 11, Freight-ship, 1/Suffolk Regt.; Det. #4 (General Hospital)

    Ss. Dunera, Southampton, Nov. 11, #1, 1/Derbyshire Regt., Malta, Cyprus; Det. #4 (General Hospital) ******

    Ss. Montfort, Liverpool, (Toxteth Dock), Nov. 11, Queenstown, Nov. 14, #53, Troop 13th Hussars*******; ½ 61st Batty. RFA (Howitzer)********; 79th Batty. RFA; Det. #4 (General Hospital)

 *                  H.Q. in ss Formosa.

**               Dets. in ss Pindari, ss Englishman, ss Dictator, ss Ranee

***        H.Q. in ss Wakool

****        H.Q. in ss Ranee. One troop of these numbers will sail in ss Canning.

*****        Less troop in ss Montfort

******    Ship takes 1/South Staffordshire Regt. to Gibralter, and Reservists, 1/Derbyshire Regt. to Malta.

*******    H.Q. in ss Templemore

********    H.Q. in ss Sicilian

N.B. (i) Some Staffs, ASC, RE, AOC, and RAMC have already embarked; (ii) all transports, freight, and store ships call at Cape Town “for orders”.


    Dateline Chatham, Nov. 3.  The embarkation of the Carabiniers (6th DG) in the Wakool (#55) was carried out smartly this morning. Total number on board, including the usual RAMC det. is 18 officers, 255 men, and 261 horses.

    The Idaho embarked 73rd Batty. RFA, the Ammunition Column of the 2nd Div, excess dets. of the RA and a bearer company of the RAMC. - in all 18 officers, 636 men, 232 horses, 6 guns and 59 vehicles, including 11 ambulance wagons.

    The Englishman, at Liverpool embarked the 77 the Batty. and the 74th Batty. RFA.  The 74th was comprised of 170 men and 137 horses, Maj.  R.G. McLeod commanding.  Several unattached officers were also embarked: Lt.  Cookson, 1st Life Guards; Capt.  Gough, 16th Lancers; and Capt.  the Hon.  R.H. de Montmorency, V.C., 21st Lancers.

    The Catalonia left the Mersey yesterday for Queenstown. She carried 1 officer, and 30 men of the No. 11 Co. AOC.

    150 men of the 9th Field Hospital left Dublin yesterday for Queenstown.

    The steamer Briton will convey the following officers of the 2/Somersetshire Light Inf. to Cape Town: Lt.-Col.  E.J. Gallwey, commanding; Majors R.B. Williams and C.B. Little; Capts.  F.N. Peacock, S.L.V. Crealock, L.G.T. Chandler, E.G. Elger, W.P. Braithwaite, A.B. Whatman, and W.J. Bowker, DSO, Lieuts.  V.F.A. Keith-Falconer, J.B.C. Thompson, C.B. Prowse, P.M. Wardlaw, A.H. Yatman, T.B. Maddocks, and R.H.M.C. Miers; 2nd.  Lts.  A.W.S. Patterson, H.G.R. Burges-Short, H.J.R Alfrey, J.C. Parr, C.H. Little, W.H.M. Freestun, A.R.S. Sale Hill, E.W. Worrall and J.S.N. Harrison; Capt. & Adj.  E.H.Swayne, Lt. & Qmstr.  P.  Morgan and Capt.  Holt, RAMC


LT, 06/11/99 (Monday)

p6a    The hospital ship Spartan arrived at Cape Town on Friday. The steamer German which

left Southampton on Oct. 28 for SA arrived and departed Teneriffe Friday.


p7a , b, c & d     The Kildonan Castle, the Briton, and the Pembroke Castle left Southampton

 Saturday for SA. The Pembroke Castle is a regular passenger ship but was carrying some volunteers for the Imperial Light Horse and some others.

    The Kildonan Castle left with the 1/Welsh Regt. there were 29 officers, 827 men and the same regimental goat that was presented to them by the Queen. The 2/Northumberland Fusiliers were 29 officers, 981 men. There was a detail of Black Watch; 5 officers and 41 men of the 3rd Stationary Hospital, 21 officers and 143 men of the 2nd Gen. Hospital, 4 officers and 141 men of the pontoon troop,RE and the 1st Bn. section of the RE.

    The Briton carried the 2/Somersetshire Light Inf. and a detachment of seamen for replacements along with some Marines.

    The 2/Duke of Cornwall’s Light Inf. embarked in ss Formosa at Royal Albert Docks, Sunday at a few minutes past noon.  The regiment numbers 20 officers and 909 men.

    The transport Idaho departed Chatham shortly before noon on Saturday. She carried 20 officers and 732 men and included the 73rd Field Batty, RA, an ammunition column for the 2nd Div.; an excess ammunition column consisting of 6 officers and 379 men; and a bearer co. consisting of 2 officers and 66 men of RAMC.

    The steamship Ismore left Birkenhead Dock for SA about midnight Saturday. First on board were 2 officers and 40 men of the 63rd Field Batty. RA, with 6 guns and 11 vehicles, stores, etc. The the 11 Bearer Co. RAMC with 51 men and many ambulance wagons and fittings. Next were 3 officers, 130 men and 140 horses of the 63rd Field Batty. RA. The men included 60 married reservists who had rejoined. Then “A” & “B” Sqdns. 10th Hussars with 120 men and horses. The Ismore is expected to leave the Mersey to-day.


    The Colombian departed yesterday from Langton Dock with a second contingent of 10th Hussars consisting of 17 officers and 260 men and horses. Also embarked were Lt. Williams , 18the Hussars and Lt. Lord Kensington, 2nd Life Guards. A detachment from the Life Guards and the Royal Horse Guards were to act as escourt for 5 military attaches representing, Italy, France, Russia, America, and Austria-Hungary also embarked.

    The steamer Rapidan (#51) which left Liverpool at 3 o’clock on Thursday morning put back to the Mersey on Saturday having sustained damage in the gale.

    The transport Ranee left Glasgow yesterday with “B” Sqdn, 2nd Dragoons. The squadron consisted of 213 officers and men and 170 horses.

    The Servia embarked at Queenstown, 91 men of the A & S Highlanders, 5 officers and 78 men of the Medical Field Hospital Corps; the 2/King’s Royal Rifles consisting of 1,100 officers and men. She departed yesterday morning at 7 o’clock.

    The Catalonia arrived yesterday morning and embarked 28 officers and 1,000 men of the Inniskilling Fusiliers. besides small drafts from other corps. She departed last evening.



LT. 07/11/99, (Tuesday)                   

p5b    The steamers Braemar Castle and the Dunolly Castle arrived at Durban on Friday. The

steamer Carisbrook Castle passed Cape Verde for Cape Town Saturday

p10c & d    The troops en route to the Cape. The following does not profess to give a

complete list of the transports now on their way to SA. and Cape Town.

        The following sailed October 20:

    Yorkshire, 2/Royal West Surrey, & Det. RAMC. Arr. Cape Town Nov.10

    Roslin Castle, 2nd Brig. Staff, 2/Devonshire, 2/West Yorkshire, & Details.  Arr. CT, Nov.8

Harlech Castle, Det. 2/E.Surrey , HQ 2/N’hamptons, & Details.  Reported Las Palmas Oct 27,  Arr. CT Nov. 8

    Lismore Castle, HQ 2/E. Surrey, & Details. Rptd. Cape Verde, Oct. 30, Arr CT Nov. 8

    Manila, 2/Devons & Details. Rptd. St. Vincent. Oct. 30. Arr CT Nov. 13.

        The following sailed October 21:

    Nubia, Half 2/N’hamptons, & Details. Rptd. St. Vincent, Oct. 30, Arr. CT Nov. 12

    Gascon, 2/CG, R.E. Cos. & Details, Rptd. Teneriffe, Oct 27. Arr. CT Nov. 10

Goorkha, 1st Brig. Staff, 3/Grenadier Gds. & Details RE, , Rptd Teneriffe Oct 29. Arr. CT Nov. 11

    Mongolian, 2/Seaforth Highlanders, & Details. Arr. CT Nov. 10

        The following sailed October  22:

    Malta, 1/CG, MI Staff, & Details, Rptd. Las Palmas Oct. 31. Arr. CT Nov. 15

Pavonia, 2/ Royal Fusiliers, 2/Scots Fusiliers, & Details. Rptd. St. Vincent, Nov. 2, Arr. CT, Nov. 12.

p10c    The transport Colombian which left Liverpool on Sunday was detained in the Mersey due

to the gale and problems with the Rapidan. The horse stalls would be strengthened.

    The transport Englishman at Queenstown,completed embarcation of the 3rd Inf. Div. Ammunition Col. RFA and sailed at 3 p.m. The column comprises 5 officers and 128 men.

    The transport Dictator embarked the 1/Royal Scots (29 officers and 1050 men) and sailed for the Cape.


LT. 08/11/99 (Wednesday)

p5c    The White Star Australian twin-screw steamer Medic left Albany yesterday direct for

Cape Town, with the Victorian, Tasmanian, South Australian and Western Australian contingents for service in SA on board, amounting to over 600 troops and nearly 200 horses.


p6c & d    To the list of ships mentioned above at LT 07/11/99 at page 10c & d, add the

following to October 23 sailing:

    City of Vienna, 1st Cav. Brig. Staff, 12th Lancers, & Details, Rptd. Las Palmas, Oct. 30, Arr. CT Nov. 12

    Mohawk, 12th Lancers & Details. Rptd. Las Palmas, Oct 30, Arr. CT Nov. 11

    Jamaican, “B” Sqdn. 14th Hussars & Details, Arr. CT Nov. 12

    City of Cambridge, 2/Scottish Rifles & Details, Arr. CT Nov. 12

    Oriental, 6th Brig. Staff, 1st R.W. Fusiliers, & Details, Rptd. St. Vincent Oct. 31, Arr. CT Nov. 12.

    Harwarden Castle, 3rd Brig. Staff, 2/Royal Irish Fusiliers, Rptd. Las Palmas, Oct. 29, Arr CT Nov. 12.

    Aurania, 3rd Brig. Staff, 1/Highland Light Inf., & Details. Rptd. St. Vincent, Oct. 30, Arr. CT Nov. 11

    Nomadic, Remounts and R.E., Rptd. Teneriffe, Oct 30, Arr. CT Nov. 11


p6b    Dateline Chatham, Nov. 7. The Algeria (47) is embarking the 38th Batty. RFA,  a

howitzer ammunition column and the Brig. Div. Staff consisting altogether of 12 officers , 282 men, 228 horses, 6 guns  and 44 vehicles.

    The 2/Shropshire Light Inf., 29 officers and 752 men, 5th Field Hospital Co. , 3 officers and 22 men, and details from 2/Duke of Cornwall’s Light Inf., 9 officers and 18 men, embarked in the hired transport Arawa at Southampton

    Due to a heavy gale the transport Ismore was delayes as she put into Moelfre Roads to ride it out.

    The hired transport Duke of Fife landed at the North Wall, Dublin yesterday, 200 officers and men and a number of horses of the Scots Greys from Edinburgh for SA via Queenstown.


Cape Times Weekly Edition    08/11/99  Nothing Noted



LT 09/11/99.                       

p7a & b    Dateline Tilbury Nov. 8.    The Chicago departed from Albert Dock this

afternoon with the second ½ of the 6th Dragoon Guards and a detachment of the Shropshire Light Inf. on board, in all 12 officers, 377 men and 397 horses..

    The steamer Bavarian (#16) left Liverpool yesterday afternoon having embarked 7 foreign military attachés, 6 officers and 215 men of the 12th Field Co, RE., 5 officers and 35 men of the RAMC, the 3rd Inf. Div. Staff, RE, several officers of the General Staff and a number of naval officers. She will call at Queenstown to embark the 1/Connaught Rangers, 1/Royal Dublin Fusiliers and detachments of Nos. 10 & 16 Cos. RAMC. She is expected at the Cape on 28th inst.

    The steamer Algeria departed Chatham yesterday afternoon and carries 9 officers and 183 men of the Brig, Div, Staff; the 38th Batty. Field Artillery with 141 horses, 6 guns and 14 wagons; and a howitzer ammunition column comprising 3 officers, 106 men, 87 horses and 30 wagons.

    The West India and Pacific Steamship Co’s new ship Atlantian has been chartered by the Government.

    The steamer Cheshire will depart Liverpool, Harrington Docks,  this morning for SA. She carries 1 officer and 40 men from #7 Co. RAMC, 2 officers, 3 warrant officers and 372 men ASC;

Brig. Div. Staff, RFA; Corps troops, 1/Gordon Highlanders, #7 Field Hospital.

    The steamer Montford will depart Toxteth Dock, Liverpool with ½ 61st Batty. RFA, a troop of the 13th Hussars and a detachment of #4 General Hospital. The ship will call at Queenstown fir the 79th Batty., RFA


LT 10/11/99. (Friday)

p5c    The Transport Roslin Castle (#26) attived at Cape Town yesterday. The Hyades, with

mules from Naples, arrived at Cape Town on Nov. 6, and the Southern Cross, with mules from Gibralter, arrived at Cape Town on the 8th.

    The steamer Kildonan Castle arrived at Madeira at 11 p.m. on Wednesday and left at 7 a.m. yesterday for the Cape.

    The Briton arrived at Madeira at 1 p.m. on Wednesday and left at 6 p.m. for Cape Town.

    Dateline Gibralter, Nov. 9.  The transport Mount Royal, with 1902 mules on board, has arrived here from Valencia. She embarked 450 more mules, and will sail to-morrow for SA.

    Lloyd’s Agent at St. Vincent, Cape Verd, telegraphs, Nov. 9, 8.30 a.m., as follows: “The steamer Persia, H.M. transport Number 54, has been towed in here by tug Blazer. Distance towed 22 miles. She was picked up close to rocks St. Antonio with thrust shaft broken and other damage.” Arrangements have been made for the troops and horses to be transferred to the steamer Goth, which will leave Southampton on the 14th inst.


p10 a & b.    The transport Arawa has put back into Southampton due to electrical problems.

    The transports Colombian and Ismore which were driven for shelter in Moefre Bay due to the gale , have left yesterday morning.

    The transport Ranee, which put back into Greenock on Sunday , left for SA yesterday.

    The 1/Gordon Highlanders embarked in the Cheshire (#43) yesterday at Liverpool, Harrington Dock. There were 29 officers and 855 men of the Gordons, 377 men ASC, and 35 RAMC.

    The transport Bavarian arrived at Queenstown yesterday to embark an advance party of the Connaught Rangers and Royal Dublin Fusiliers, 9 officers and 226 men, 55 tons of bagage and stores, 10 tons of ammunition and explosives, some 20 ammunition and ambulance wagons and one machine gun. The main body of troops will arrive to-day. A detachment of #16 Bearer Co., RAMC will also embark.


page 11 c & d.    To the previous listing of ships that have departed for the Cape add the

following that departed Oct. 24:

    Orient, 2/Black Watch & Details. Reptd. St. Vincent Nov. 1, Arr. CT Nov. 12

    Armenian, 7th, 14th, & 66th Battys. RFA & Details, Arr. CT Nov. 13-14

    Cephalonia. 4th Brig. Staff, 1/Durham Light Inf. & Details, Reptd. St. Vincent Nov. 3, Arr. CT Nov. 12.

    Carisbrook Castle, Naval Contingent & Details. Reptd. Cape Verd Nov. 4, Arr. CT Nov. 12

    America, R Batty. RHA & Details, Arr. CT Nov. 16.

    Siberian, Hq, 6th Inniskilling Dragoons & Details, Arr.  CT Nov. 16


LT. 11/11/99, (Saturday)                       

p7b    The Roslin Castle, which arrived at the Cape on Thursday from Southampton, is now on

her way from Cape Town to Durban.

    The transport Urmston Grange (#22), which left Liverpool on Nov. 1, arrived at Las Palmas on Thursday at 4 p.m., and, after coaling, left at half-past 8.

    Repairs to the Persia, which was towed in with the thrust shaft broken , will require about 7 days.

p12b & c.    The Bavarian left Queenstown yesterday with 30 officers and 887 men of the

1/Connaught Rangers; 30 officers and 974 men of the 1/Dublin Fusiliers; Regt. Staff, 3rd Div. Engineers; 215 men of the 12th Field Co., RE.; #10 Co Field Hospital & #16 Co Bearer Co., RAMC,; 55 tons of baggage and stores, 10 tons of ammunition and explosives , about 20 ammunition and ambulance wagons and 1 machine gun. She also takes out the military attachés of Germany, France, Austria-Hungary, the United States, Russia, Spain and Italy.

    At Liverpool yesterday morning, East Langton Dock, the transport Templemore (#61) embarked 22 officers, 559 men, 451 troop horses, 43 officer’s chargers, 1 machine-gun 2 small ammunition wagons and a quantity of cordite.

    The troopship Arawa, which put back into Southampton due to electrical problems, left again yesterday for the Cape.

    The ss Canning (#59) will embark at Royal Albert Dock, Nov. 12 , 1 troop of the 2nd Dragoons ( the HQ will sail in the Ranee and the remainder in ss Chicago), 65th Battry. RFA (Howitzer), Det. #4 General Hospital.

    The Britanic which sailed  Oct. 26th with2/Royal Irish Rifles is due at CT Nov. 16

    The Orcana which sailed Oct. 27th with 1/A & S Highlanders and Details is due at CT Nov. 17

    The Glengyle which sailed Oct 27 with O Battry RHA and Details is due at CT Nov.17


LT. 13/11/99 (Monday)

p7f    The transports Yorkshire,  Lismore Castle and Aurania conveyed upwards of 3.600 men

to SA. The Yorkshire and Lismore Castle have been sent on the Durban

    The Gascon has arrived at CT. and will go on to Natal and Delagoa Bay.

    The Roslin Castle arrived at Natal yesterday .  The hospital ship Spartan has arrived at Durban and the hospital transport Trojan at CT.

    The Pindari (#49) passed St. Vincent yesterday and the Catalonia arrived at Las Palmas on Saturday night and left yesterday  for CT.

    The Formosa (#42) arrived at Las Palmas yesterday.

    Dateline Cape Town, Nov. 8.  The transport Roslin Castle, which had been ordered to proceed to Natal, was intercepted and given fresh instructions at sea in order that she might not be delayed.

    Dateline St. Vincent (Cape Verd) Nov. 12.  The Servia arrived yesterday and left today for the Capr. The Idaho has also arrived. The Sardinian passed to-day with the Canadian contingent on board.


p10a    The German reported at Teneriffe Nov. 3 and is due at CT Nov. 19. The Kildonan Castle

reported at Madrira Nov. 9, and is due at CT Nov. 20-21. The Briton reported at Madeira Nov. 8 and is due at CT Nov. 21.


p12b & c.    On Saturday the steamer Scot embarked 1,100 officers and men of the 1/Suffolk Regt. for the Cape.

    The Dunera embarked details for Gibralter and Malta and 350 officers and men of the 1/Derbyshire Regt. for the Cape. She departed in the afternoon bound for Queenstown where she will embark the 1/South Staffordshire Regt. for Gibralter and then to Malta to pick up the rest of the 1/Derbyshire Regt. for the Cape.

    The steamer Greek departed Southampton with 30 officers, 1 warrant officer and 1.084 men of the 1/Essex Regt.

    Yesterday at Tilbury, the Canning(#59), at Albert Dock, embarked the 65th Batty(Howitzer) RFA and an ammunition column. She carries 8 officers, 250 men, 219 horses, 6 guns and 14 wagons and sailed at half-past 3 o’clock

    The Sicilian will sail to-day with guns, ammunition and 100 tons of Lyddite shell.

    The transport Montfort (#53) departed from Liverpool, Harrington Dock, with a squadron of the 13the Hussars (66 men and 60 horses) and detachments of the RHA ( 61st howitzer Batty. 97 men, 82 horses and 3, 5inch howitzers with ammunition carts and stores) and RE( 60 men).

The Mintford will call at Queenstown for a detachment of the 79th Field Battery.

    At Queenstown the Dunera will embark the 1/South Staffordshire Regt. consisting of 19 officers, 4 warrent officers, 788 men, 40 women and 73 children for Gibralter.

    The transport Montfort will embark 5 officers, 170 men, 137 horses, 6 guns, and 11 wagons. She will then call at Gibralter and embark 3 officers and 93 men of the 6th Fortress Co., RE.

    The Government has chartered two more vessels for transport service. They are the Victorian and the Maplemore.



LT. 14/11/99 (Tuesday)               

p5c    We are informed by the Admiralty that the Armenian, with 3 Batts. FA and Ammunition

Col. 1st Div. and the Nubia, with 1/Scots Guards and half 2/Northamptonshire Regt. arrived at Cape Town yesterday; and the Harwarden Castle, with 2/Royal Irish Fusiliers, left Cape Town for Durban on Sunday.

    The Armenian left Cape Town yesterday afternoon for Natal.

    The Oriental and the Orient arrived at Cape Town yesterday.

    The Press Assiciation states that with the troops which arrived in SA yesterday the reinforcements amount to 674 officers and 13,362 men.

    The Southern Cross with 700 mules has arrived at Durban. The Formosa arrived at Las Palmas Sunday evening and deoarted Monday morning

    The Mount Royal, with over 2,000 mules for SA  from Naples has arrived at Grand Canary.

    Dateline St. Vincent, Nov. 13. The transport Idaho left here today for SA

    Dateline Teneriffe, Nov. 12. The hired transport Englishman coaled here and left for the Cape.

    Dateline Sidney, Nov. 13. The Langton Grange left Newcastle to-day with the final portion of the NSW contingent for SA numbering 4 officers, 50 men and 630 horses.


p7c    The German sailed Oct. 28 with 1/Rifle Brig. and details, Reptd. Teneriffe, Nov. 3 due

CT, Nov. 19

    The Kildonan Castle sailed Nov. 4 with 1/Welsh Regt., 2/Northumberland Fusiliers, and details, Prptd. Madeira, Nov. 8, Due CT Nov. 20-21.

    The Briton sailed Nov. 4 with 2/Somersetshire Light Inf., Peptd Madeira Nov. 8, Due CT Nov. 21.


p10b    The ss Sicilian(57) is due to sail from the Royal Albert Dock, Nov. 13 and Southampton ,

Nov. 15 with 20th Fortress Co.; 4th Batty, RFA: 78th Batty. RFA; Det #4 General Hospital*, and Ammunition Park HQ.†

    The ss Antillian (45) is due to sail from Southampton, Nov. 15, and Queenstown, Nov. 17 with “A” Sqdn. 2/Dragoons‡ ; Brig. Div. Staff RFA (Howitzer); 27the Batt. RFA (Howitzer) and  Det #4 General Hospital *.

    The ss British Princes (50) is due to sail from Royal Albert Dock, Nov. 14 and Southampton, Nov. 16 with Ammunition Park Detachment,ƒ ; ½ 61st Batty, RFA (Howitzer) »; Det #4 General Hospital, *.

    The ss Goth is due to sail from Southampton Nov. 15 with 45th Co. RE.; Ammunition Column (Gun and SAA Corps troops), Det. #4 General Hospital.

    * H.Q. in ss Goth

    † Det. in ss British Princes

    ‡ H.Q. in ss Ranee

    ƒ H.Q. in ss Sicilian

    » H.Q. and ½ Battery in ss Montfort.



LT 15/11/99 (Wednesday)                   

p5b    The Britanic and the Carisbrook Castle arrived at Cape Town yesterday. The Lismore

Castle and the Yorkshire have arrived at Natal; while the Armenian left Cape Town for Durban on Monday; and the Oriental left Cape Town for Durban yesterday. The Harlech Castle arrived at Capetown yesterday and the Dunottar Castle arrived at Durban last Friday.

    Dateline Las Palmas, Nov. 14.  The transport Dictator left here this morning for SA.


p7f    To The Editor Of The Times.  Sir, I think it right to ask you to give publicity to the

following facts contained in a letter to me from an officer lately on board the Nubia transport. Writing from St. Vincent he says that all the 1,600 men complained that the salt beef was high and uneatable. So after consultation with the colonel and the doctor the meat was condemned by a board as unfit for food. - the article goes on and if you want full copy, give me the reference and I’ll copy it out. (Ken H)


p10a & b    The British Princess (#50) sailed yesterday from the Albert Docks at noon. She

had on board ½ 61st Batty. RFA and some details - in all, 3 officers, 97 men and 106 horses. She will call at Southampton and embark “C” Sqdn. 2nd Dragoons, an ammunition detachment, a RAMC detachment and remounts.

    The Admiralty have just chartered the Majestic and Pinemore for transport service.


Cape Times Weekly Edition   15/11/99

p14    The Roslin Castle arrived Table Bay Wednesday at 9 30 p.m. The following Special Service  Officers are listed:

    Duke of Cornwall’s L.I.  – Lt.-Col. C.G. Martyr, D.S.O.

    W. Riding  – Lt. K.A. Macleod

    Lts. A.N. Hood, A.S. Woods & C. Newman


    The 2/CG arrived yesterday by the Gascon. Officers listed were: Col. H.R. Stopford, Majs. Hon. A.H. Henniker - Major, The Marquis of Winchester, H.G.D. Schute, Capts. C.S.O. Monck, H. Sutton, R.C.E. Skeffington-Smyth, Hon. E.M. Pakenham, Lord Newton-Butler, T.H.E. Lloyd, Adj. J. McCarthy Steele, Lt. & Qm. R. Grindel, Lts. H.W. Studd, H.W.C. Pole-Gell, R.H.S. Wilmot, F. Hardy, W. Darnell, J.V. Campbell, Hon. Guy V. Baring, Hon. C.H.S. Monck, E. Longueville, 2/Lts. Hon. C.D. Baring, A.C. Burton.

    Also on board were: 1st Tele. Bn., RE, 31st Fortress Co., RE, Companies 18 & 19, RA, Med. Corps, a detachment of Ord. Survey, RE, details and a section of 14/Hussars.


    On Saturday 3 transports arrived, Yorkshire, Aurania, Lismore Castle.  The Armenian , Oriental, Nubia, Patiala, were also in by Monday.


LT 16/11/99 (Thursday)

p5b & c    The transports Goorkha, Nomadic and the Manila have arrived at Cape Town.

    The Britanic with 2/Royal Irish Rifles has left CT for East London; the Harwarden Castle with 2/Royal Irish Fusiliers arrived at Natal yesterday. The Bavarian and Cheshire left Las Palmas yesterday.

    The Sumatrahas left Cape Town for Southampton with invalids.

    The transport Columbian passesLas Palmas Nov. 15 , the Scot arrived at Madeira 7 p.m. on the 14th and left for the Cape at midnight, the transport Arawa arrived at Las Palmas yesterday and will depart to-night.

    Dateline Buenos Ayres, Nov. 14. The Beacon Grange left here for Cape Town with 686 horses besides stores of maize and frozen meat.


p7a & b     The Bulawayo is due to sail from Southampton soon with 5,000 tons of warlike

stores and the Denton Grange will begin loading similar stores as soon as the Bulawayo departs.

    From Southampton:    The Goth sailed yesterday with #45 Co. RE, the ammunition

column and Hq. #4 General Hospital, consisting in all of 12 officers, 2 warrant officers, 241 men, and 85 horses. The Goth will call at St. Vincent on 23 inst. to embark “C” Sqdn 6th Dragoons, consisting of 7 officers, 159 men, and 132 horses from the Persia, which had broken her shaft.

    It was late before the Antillian and the Sicilian were able to leave. The Antillian took out Divisional Staff of the RFA consisting of 4 officers, 1 warrant officer, 4 men and 17 horses; the 37th Howitzer Batty, consisting of 5 officers, 194 men and 161 horses and the remainder of #4 General Hospital. She will call at Queenstown to embark “C” Sqdn. of the Scots Greys.

    The Sicilian embarked the 78th Batty. RFA, 5 officers, 170 men and 137 horses at Albert Docks. She embarked 8 officers and 100 men of an ammunition park; #4 Batty. RFA, 5 officers, 170 men and 173 horses, with 6 guns and 120 tons of shrapnel. At Gibralter she will embark 20th Co. RE.

    The transport Narrung (#23), at Royal Albert Docks, is due to leave today with #4 Mountain Battery, 5 officers, 276 men, 200 mules, 17 horses, and 6 guns. Ten men of the ASC and 150 tons of war stores, consisting of small arms ammunition and Lyddite shell, and a quantity of new saddlery and mule equipment also go with her.



LT 17/11/99 (Friday)                        

p5d    We are informed by the Admiralty that the transport Mohawk arrived at Cape Town

yesterday and the Armenian arrived at Natal.


p10a & b    The transport Narrung (#23) sailed yesterday from the Albert Docks with the 4th

Mountain Battery, and detachments of ASC & RAMC. She carries 6 officers, 289 men, 18 horses, 171 mules, 6 guns and 4 vehicles.

    The Bulawayo left Southampton yesterday morning, having shipped 10 traction engines, 5 sleeping vans, 34 wagons, 2 engines for the baloon section, 160 tons of ammunition and about 3,000 tons of supplies, forage, etc.

    The transport British Princess (#50) leaves Southampton this afternoon for SA with 18 officers, 1 warrant officer, and 372 men of the Scots Greys, with 349 horses and ammunition.

    The Admiralty has chartered the liner Canada for transport of troops to SA.

LT 18/11/99 (Saturday)

p7e    The City of Cambridge, City of Vienna, and the Malta arrived at Cape Town on Thursday.

The Manila sailed for Durban, Nov. 15 and the Oriental arrived at Natal yesterday.

    The Orcana arrived at Cape Town yesterday and the Trojan left Cape Town for East London.

     The Ranee(#58) arrived at Las Palmas yesterday. The transport Cornwall left Albany yesterday for London, via SA with the Queensland contingent on board..

    The Greek arrived at Teneriffe at 10 p.m. Thursday and left at 6 a.m. yesterday. The transport Chicago passed St. Vincent yesterday.


p9a    The Antillian arrived at Queenstown yesterday morning from Southampton and departed

last evening after embarking 7 officers, 172 men and 174 horses of the Scots Greys. She also carries the Brigade Div. Staff, RFA (Howitzer) and the 37th Howitzer Battery consisting of 5 officers, 194 men and 161 horses, a detachment of #4 General Hospital and 150 tons of Field service equipment and ammunition..

    The steamer Guelph, leaving Southampton to-day will convey 2 officers RGA, and 9 nursing sisters, 2 officers and 80 men of AOC, to Cape Town.

    The steamer Doune Castle  leaveing  Southampton on the 24th inst., will convey about 1,000 officers and men to the Cape and the Avondale Castle , leaving Southampton on the 30th inst., will take out about 1,300 officers and men.



LT 20/11/99 (Monday)

p8b    The Mongolian, the America, the Pavonia, the Jamaican, and the Cephalonia were

reported at Cape Town yesterday.

    The Zulu, arrived at Capetown Nov. 17th and the Caspain and the Prah  arrived at Cape Town Nov. 16th.

    The following have departed Capetown Nov. 17th for the ports mentioned: The Trojan (hospital ship) to East London; the Goorkha for Durban and East London; and the City of Cambridge for Natal.

    The Canning arrived at Las Palmas Nov. 18th

    The transport Oriental was at Durban Nov. 17th . In the past week the Harwarden Castle, the Lismore Castle, the Yorkshire and the Armenian all arrived at Durban and crossed the bar. They are the largest ships ever seen inside. The transport Manila arrived at Durban Nov. 19th.

    Dateline St. Vincent, Nov. 19. The transport Algeria arrived here last night and left this morning for SA.

    Dateline Las Palmas, Nov. 18. The Templemore arrived here last night and will leave at noon today.

    Dateline Gibralter, Nov. 18. The transport Montfort arrived here early this morning and has departed for SA.


p12a    The Guelph, with mails for Cape Town and other South and  East African ports, calling at

Madeira, left Southampton on Saturday. Her passengers included Col. Hippisley, RE, Maj. H de T Phillips, RGA, 2 officers and 80 men of the AOC and 9 nursing sisters.


p13c    The Manchester Port, sailed  Oct.  30, 5,616 gross tonnage, 1st Royal Dragoons and details, due Cape Town Nov.  19.  (Burn-Murdoch)


LT 21/11/99 (Tuesday)

p5d    The following arrived at Cape Town yesterday:

    The Glengyle with “O” Batt. RHA., Ammunition Column 2nd Cav. Brig., Detachement #3 General Hospital.

    The Briton, with 2/Somerset Light Inf.

    The Oceano with 542 mules.

    The Siberian with H.Q and “A” Sqdn 6th Dragoons.

    The German with 1/Rifle Brig., 26th Field Co. RE. and ASC

    The Cephalonia and Pavonia left Cape Town for Durban and the Devonia, with mules, for East London, yesterday.

    Dateline Gibralter, Nov. 20.  The troopship Sicilian arrived here to-day and embarked the 20th Co. RE and has departed this afternoon for SA.


p7a    The following further particulars relating to the embarcation of troops for SA were issued

from the War Office yesterday:

    Gaul (Freight Ship), Southampton, Nov. 24, Brigade Staff 10th Brig., 2/Royal Warwickshire Regt., #32 Co. ASC, Det. #10 Co.(Bearer Co.) RAMC*

    Doune Castle, (Freight Ship), Southampton, Nov. 24, 1/Yorkshire Regt., Farriers, No 11 Co. (Bearer Co.) RAMC, and Divisional Staff.

    Simla, (#2) Southampton, Nov. 24, Queenstown, Nov. 28, 2/Dorsetshire Regt., #10 Co. (Bearer Co.) RAMC†, Drafts: 1/Liverpool Regt., 1/Munster Fusiliers, Army Pay Corps.

    Maplemore, (#65), Southampton, Dec.1, 2nd Life Guards Sqdn.‡, Royal Horse Guards, Sqdn.ƒ , Det. #6 Co.(Bearer Co.) RAMC, Draft 18th Hussars

    Avondale Castle (Freight Ship) Southampton, Dec. 1, 2/Middlesex Regt., #11 Co.(Field Hospital) RAMC, Draft 2/Yorkshire L.I.

    Norman, (Freight Shop), Southampton, Dec 2, 2/Lancashire Fusiliers, Det #6 (Bearer Co.) RAMC

    Pinemore (#67) Southampton, Dec. 3, 1st Life Guards (Squadron), Det. Royal Horse Guards, ||, Det. Ammunition Column(Gun & SAA) Corps. Troops. Det #6 Co. (Bearer Co. RAMC, Drafts for 5th Dragoon Guards.

    *     H.Q. in ss Simla

 (a)     Detachment in ss Gaul

 (ii)     Including H.Q. of Composite Regt. of Household Cavalry.

     ƒ     Detachment in ss Pinemore

    ||     H.Q. in ss Maplemore



LT 22/11/99 (Wednesday)                   

p5d    The City of Cambridge arrived at Natal yesterday morning. The Orcana left Cape Town

for Durban yesterday. The Briton arrived at Cape Town on Monday.

    The Rapidan left Las Palmas yesterday and is due at Cape Town on Dec. 8. The Montfort arrived at Las Palmas yesterday, having lost 6 horses.

    Dateline Malta, Nov. 21.    The transport Dunera arrived here to-day from Gibralter ,

and left again, taking the 3rd company of the Lancashire Regt. for Limasol, and the 1/Derbyshire Regt. for Durban.


p10a    The following despatches of troops for SA  was announced yesterday , departure dates are


    The steamer Canada, at Liverpool , Nov. 30, to embark 1827 officers and men, including the staff of the 9th Brigade, the 1/South Lancashire Regt, 150 men for the 1/North Lancashire Regt., 180 men  for 1/Manchester Regt., the 37th Field Co. RE, the 25th and 27th Cos. ASC and #16 Co. RAMC.

    The Dilwara, at Southampton on Dec. 3, to embark 1483 officers and men, including the 2/Royal Lancaster Regt., drafts for the 5th and 9th Lancers, the 19th Hussars and the 2/Royal Berkshire Regt., and #6 Co. RAMC.

    The Majestic, at Liverpool on Dec. 9, to embark 2024 officers and men, including 1/York and Lancaster Regt, strong drafts for the 1/Border, King’s Royal Rifles, and Rifle Brigade, and the Depôt Co. RAMC.

    Part of the Staff of the 5th Div. will go out in the freight ship Norham Castle from Southampton next Saturday.

    The numbers taken by the Simla, leaving Southampton on Friday, will be increased to 1610, by the addition of a reinforcing draft for the 1/Leicestershire Regt.


Cape Times Weekly Edition   22/11/99

p8    Here a list of Boer prisoners captured at Elandslaagte. Brought from Durban by the Putiala.


p12    Dated 1 Nov. from B-P via Bulawayo. Casualties for the action 31 Oct.

    Killed, eight: Capt. Hon. Douglas Henry Marshall, Capt. Charles Alex. Kerr Pechell, # 2391 Troop Sgt.-Maj. William Henry Conigham, #2566 Trooper Arthur John Martyn, #2517 Trooper Frank Sinclair Traill Burroughes, #1169 Troop-Sgt. Hugh Byron Upton, #2569 Trooper Caleb William Nicholls, #2435 Trooper Russell Lloyd.  Wounded three: Qm.-Sgt. E.O. Butler, Cpl. F.C. Newton, Cpl. A.J. Cook.  "All the above are of the B.S.A. Police.”


p13    Transport Nubia docked South Arm, Mov. 14. Disembarked 1/Scots Guards, ½ of 2/Northamptonshire, # 15 Co. RAMC, and details RE.

    The Putiala was landing Boer prisoners at the same time.

    Wednesday’e arrivals were Goorkha, Harlech Castle, and Nomadic.  Goorkha landed 3/GG RE, field & railway Cos. and RAMC.  Harlech Castle brought 2/Northamptonshire and a detachment of 2/E. Surrey. The det. of 2/E. Surrey will load on Goorkha to continue on to Natal. The Nomadic brought horses and some details RE, & RAMC.

    The Manila with 2/Devonshire arrived Wednesday.

    Thursday’s arrivals were Malta, City of Vienna, Cephalonia & City of Cambridge. The Malta brought 1/CG, Lt.-Col. A.E. Codrington commanding and details. The City of Vienna brought 12/Lancers, Lt.-Col. the Earl of Airlie commanding and details. Cephalonia brought 1/Durham L.I. and details. City of Cambridge brought 2/SR and details.  Mohawk arrived late in the afternoon and brought a detachment of 12/Lancers and RAMC.

    Saturday & Sunday arrivals were: Jamaican with "B” 14/Hussars and 12 Co. RAMC; Prah with mules from Naples; Mongolian with 2/Seaforth High., #8 Co. RAMC and #4 Stationary Hospital; America with "R” RHA, an ammunition column and detachments of RE and RAMC

    Monday’s arrivals were: Siberian with Hq. & 1 Sqdn. 6/Inniskilling Dragoons, Lt.-Col. H.C. Page-Henderson commanding, and Prince Alexander of Teck attached and details.  Glengyle with "O” RHA, and ammunition column and a detachment of ASC.  German with 1/RB and detachments of RAMC, and RE.  Briton with 2/Somersetshire L.I. and a naval brigade and ammunition.  Kelvin Grove with mules from Naples has also arrived.


LT 23/11/99 (Thursday)

p5c    We are informed by the Admiralty of the following movements of transports:

    The Manchester Port, with 1st Dragoons (Burn-Murdoch); the Kildonan Castle, with 1/Welsh Regt, 2/Northumberland Fusiliers, #2 General Hospital, A Pontoon Troop, RE, and 1st Balloon Section, RE; the Montezuma, with 1886 mules; and the Carinthia, with 1180 mules, arrived at Cape Town yesterday.

    The Nubia left yesterday for Durban.

    A telegram from Lloyd’s Agents at East London, dated Nov. 22, reports the arrival of the transport Devona.

    Lloyd’s also report that the transport Waiwera, from New Zealand, arrived at Port Elizabeth on Tuesday with the New Zealand contingent.

    Dateline Las Palmas, Nov. 22.  The British Princess sailed yesterday at 5 o’clock for the Cape.  The Narrung arrived at noon to-day.


p10a & b    Among the passengers by the Castle liner Norham Castle leaving Southampton on

Saturday next are Lt.-Gen. Sir Charles Warren, Col. A.W. Morris, A.A.G., Maj. R.B.M.P. Kelly, RA, A.D.C., Brevet Maj. T. Capper, E. Lancashire Regt., Lt.-Col. W.B. Allin, RAMC., and Capt. A.A. McHardy, RGA. 4 troopers of the South Notts Hussars Yeomanry are going in the Norham Castle, their passages having been subscribed for by their commanding officer, Col. Rolleston, and the officers of the corps.

    The 1/Yorkshire Regt. will embark in the Doune Castle tomorrow at Southampton. Other battalions also embarking at Southampton are the 2/Royal Warwickshire, in the Gaul, the 2/Dorsetshire in the Simla.


LT 24/11/99 (Friday)                       

p5e    The Pavonia and Cephalonia have arrived at Natal and the Manchester Port, with the 1st Dragoons, (Burn-Murdoch) left Cape Town for Durban yesterday.

    The Kelvin Grove arrived at Port Elizabeth Wednesday and the Narrung departed Las Palmas the same day.

    The Congella arrived at Natal Wednesday having on board Field Hospital.

    The Guelph arrived at Madeira at 7 a.m. yesterday and left at noon.

    Dateline Cape Town Nov. 23. The Waiwera arrived at Cape Town at 3 o’clock this morning with the New Zealand contingent.

    Dateline Las Palmas Nov. 23. The Sicilian and the Antillian left this morning for SA.

    Dateline New Orleans, Nov.23. The Manchester City left New Orleans with 2,000 mules for SA.


p10b    3 transports leave Southampton today. They are:

    The Gaul with 2/Royal Warwichshire Regt., Brig. Staff, 10th Brigade, #32 Co, ASC, and a detachment of #10 Co. RAMC

    The Doune Castle with 1/Yorkshire Regt., Divisional Staff, #11 Co. RAMC and farriers.

    The Simla with 2/Dorsetshire Regt., drafts 1/Liverpool Regt. and 1/Munster Fusiliers, #10 Co. RAMC and detachment Army Pay Corps.


LT 25/11/99 (Saturday)

p7d     The Transport Servia arrived at Cape Town yesterday and the Orcana arrived at Natal

yesterday. The Jamaican has left Cape Town for Durban and the Kildonan Castle has left Cape Town for Port Elizabeth.

    The Carinthia arrived at Port Elizabeth yesterday and the Florence at Cape Town.

    Dateline St. Vincent Nov. 24. The Goth arrived here to-day and the Iona arrived here from Naples last night with mules for SA.


p9a & b    Dateline  Southampton, Nov. 24.   The Doune Castle left here this afternoon with

1/Yorkshire Regt. and details - chiefly farriers and men belonging to the remount department for a total of 26 officers and 1007 men.

    The Gaul also left this afternoon with the 2/Warwickshire Regt. and details for a total of 31 officers and 1,200 men. She will call at St. Helena.

    The Simla also left this afternoon with 2/Dorsetshire Regt. and details for a total of 41 officers and 1,078 men. Included in the total were 55 men of the St. John Ambulance Brigade.

    An item of interest. There is a chart here showing the distances from ports in England to the Cape via St. Vincent. Mentioned are:

    Southampton    6,300 miles;     Glasgow    6,500 miles;     Liverpool    6,405 miles

    Albert Docks    6,463 miles;     Tilbury    6,450 miles


    There is a list of mule transports that have been chartered by the Government to convey mules to SA, at so much per head, from Naples, Gibralter and New Orleans. They are:

    Southern Cross    680        Devona        1,000

    Mount Royal        2,247        Kelvin Grove        1,000

    Hyades        1,000        Iona            1,088

    Prah            671        Montezuma        1,886

    Carinthia        1,180        Hurona        1,196

    Manchester City    2,349        Oceana        1,542

    Ocampo        150

    For a total of 16,109.


LT 27/11/99 (Monday)

p7d    The Pindari arrived at Cape Town on Saturday and the Idaho arrived yesterday. The

Mohawk and the Manchester Port (Burn-Murdoch) arrived at Natal on Saturday and the Servia left Cape Town for Durban on Saturday. The Nubia arrived at Durban from Cape Town on Saturday morning.

    Dateline Cape Town, Nov. 26.  The Medic, with the Victorian, South Australian, Western Australian and Tasmanian contingents on board has arrived at Cape Town on Sunday. She carried 600 men and 200 horses.

    Dateline St. Vincent, Nov. 25. The transport Goth, which arrived here yesterday, went alongside the disabled Persia and, having taken on board all her troops, horses, and stores, left during the night.

    Dateline Suez, Nov. 26.  The transport Dunera, with the 1/Derbyshire Regt, Reserves, and details on board left here to-day for Durban.


p9b    The hired transport Simla, which arrived at Queenstown on Saturday night from

Southampton with troops for SA, left again yesterday after embarking 300 officers and men of the 1/Royal Munster Fusiliers, 100 of the 1/King’s (Liverpool Regt.) , and details of the 1/Leicestershire Regt. RAMC, APD. A & S Highlanders and the Royal Irish Fusiliers. The Simla also takes out the 2/Dorsetshire Regt.       


p9c    The following will show approximately the strength of the medical establishment on

service when the whole force has arrived, excluding those which are usually present in Cape Colony in time of peace: Medical officers, R.A.M.C., 282; civilian surgeons, 68; nursing sisters, including 4 superintendents, 56; quartermasters, RAMC, 28; all other ranks 2,050; ASC for transport, 800.


LT. 28/11/99 . (Tuesday)

p5b    Dateline Cape Town, Nov. 26 The Medic, with the Australian contingent has arrived at

Cape Town.

    The Urmston Grange arrived at Cape Town yesterday (27th) and the Jamaican arrived at Natal.

    The Ocampo, with mules from Valencia, arrived at Cape Town on Sunday.

    Dateline East London, Nov.26.  The Kildonan Castle arrived here today from Cape Town.


LT. 29/11/99 (Wednesday)

p5b     The Bavarian arrived at Cape Town yesterday and the Wakool arrived on Sunday. The

Servia arrived at Natal yesterday. The Urmston Grange left Cape Town yesterday for Durban and the Scot arrived at Cape Town yesterday.


p7c    The following further particulars of embarcation have been officially issued:

    The ss Canada.(69) Liverpool (Alexandra Dock) Nov. 30.  Brigade Staff, 9th Brigade; 1/South Lancashire Regt.; #25 & #27 Co. ASC; Draft RE; 37 Field Co. RE.; Draft 1/Royal North Lancashire Regt.; Draft 1/Manchester Regt.; #16 Co. (Field Hospital) RAMC.*; Details.

    The ss Dilwara (3) Southampton, Dec.3.  2/Royal Lancaster Regt.; Drafts 5th & 9th Lancers and 19 Hussars; 2/Royal Berkshire Regt.; #6 Co. (Bearer Co.) RAMC† ; Details.

    The ss Atlantian (64) Liverpool(Langton Dock) Dec. 3, Queenstown, Dec. 5, Brig. Div. Staff, RFA, 5th Div. ; 19th Batty., RFA‡; 28th Batty. RFA.; Det. Depôt Co. (Field Hospital) RAMCƒ; Ammunition Column , 5th Div. RFA.

    The ss Tantilion Castle (Freight Ship) Southampton, Dec.9.  Siege Train; Det. Depôt Cos. (Field Hospital) RAMC. ƒ.

    The ss Majestic (68) Liverpool, Dec 9.  1/York and Lancaster Regt.; Drafts, 1/Border Regt., King’s Royal Rifles, & Rifle Brig.; Depôy Co. (Field Hospital) RAMC ƒ; Details.

    *     Det. in ss Victorian

      Dets. in ss Malpemore, Norman & Pinemore

      Det. in ss Victorian

 ƒ     H.Q. in ss Majestic and Dets. in ss Atlantian and Tantilion Castle.


Cape Times Weekly Edition    29/11/99       

p1    Dateline Bulawayo, Nov. 10.        The Boers have occupied Bryce’s Store, near Rhodes Drift.



LT. 30/11/99 (Thursday)

p5b    Dateline Bombay, Nov. 29.  The transport Palamcotta will leave here shortly for Durban

with details consisting of 3 officers, 600 men and 40 horses for the regiments which have already gone to SA from India.

    Dateline Las Palmas, Nov. 29.  The Doune Castle has arrived here and will leave to-night. The Sumatra with invalids from the Cape , arrived here at 3 pm to-day and leaves again at noon tomorrow for London.

    Dateline Buenos Ayres, Nov. 29. The steamer Induna with 730 horses and 1,700 tons of fodder leaves here tomorrow for Cape Town.

    The Formosa arrived at Cape Town yesterday and the Bavarian left for Durban on Tuesday evening.

    The Cheshire and the Sardinian arrived at Cape Town yesterday. The transport Brookside arrived at Cape Town, Nov. 27.

    The Norham Castle left Madeira at 3 pm yesterday for Cape Town


p7c & d    Dateline Southampton Nov. 29.  The Maplemore ( 7,700 tons, length 459 ft.,

breadth 52ft., and depth 34 ft.)  left here this afternoon with 441 men and 352 horses. The first train arrived at dockside with troops and 100 horses at 9:10 a.m. and she departed at 3:53 p.m.


LT 01/12/99 (Friday)

p5b    The Catalonia and the Englishman arrived at Cape Town yesterday and the Gaul arrived at

Teneriffe at 4 p.m. and departed 10 p.m. the 29th ult.


p6b    The Canada embarked, at Liverpool, 68 officers, 7 warrant officers and 1,868 men

yesterday and will depart this morning for SA.

    The steamer Karami will leave Thames to-day with a heavy cargo of war material. There are 40,000,000 rounds of small-arm ammunition in 3,640 boxes; 7,000 rounds of shrapnel and common shell and 4,000 rounds of 5-inch Lyddite shell,  in 2,000 boxes; 851 boxes of fuses, and 40 boxes of pistol ammunition. There is also on board a large quantity of star shell.

    Major F.I. Maxse, Coldstream Guards, who is now employed with the Egyptian army, has been selected for appointment as a special service officer in South Africa .


p10b    Article on modern military bullets, Mauser, Mark II, Mark IV, Dum-Dum.


LT. 02/12/99 (Saturday)

p7b    The Dictator, the Chicago and the Arawa arrived at Cape Town yesterday. The Spartan,

with wounded from Durban also arrived at Cape Town yesterday.

    The Englishman with 2 batteries of artillery, etc., left Cape Town for East London on Thursday. The Dunera arrived at Aden on Thursday.


p12a    The Avondale Castle will embark at Southampton 2/Middlesex Regt., 29 officers and

1,000 men, with 1 gun; a draft of 170 men for the 2/Yorkshire Light Inf.; #11 Co. (Field Hospital) RAMC and details. The Norman will leave to-day with 2/Lancashire Fusiliers, 30 officers , 1081 men and 1 gun, and a detail of #6(Bearer Co), RAMC. The Dilwara will also leave to-day with the 2/Royal Lancaster Regt., 29 officers, 298 men and one machine gun. She also carries drafts for the 5th Lancers; 2 officers and 85 men of the 9th Lancers; 1 officer and 90 men of the 19th  Hussars; 85 men of the 2/Royal Berkshire Regt.; and 70 men and a bearer company of #6 Co., RAMC.

    Brevet Maj.  C.F.S. Vandeleur, D.S.O., Scots Guards, who is now employed with the Egyptian army, has been selected for appointment as a special service officer in South Africa .


LT.  04/12/99 (Monday)

p5c    Officer commanding the troops on board the hired transport Ismore telegraphs from Vredenburg, Dec.  3:

    Gone on shore this morning on the rocks in St.  Helena Bay.  All troops safely conveyed from ship to shore.  Horses still on board and difficult to land them.  Men-of-war Doris and Niobe and hired transport Columbian, with 3 lighters, proceeded at once to render every assistance.  Weather to all appearances calm.


    On Friday the Idaho and Bavarian arrived at Natal; the Templemore arrived at Cape Town; the Mount Royal arrived at Cape Town on Friday and has departed for Port Elizabeth; the Colombian has arrived at Cape Town; the Catalonia and the hospital ship Spartan left Cape Town for Durban. 

    The Greek arrived at Cape Town yesterday.


    Dateline New York, Dec.  2.  Since the outbreak of the war, the British Government has bought of American packers 300,000 cases of tinned meats, or 7,000,000 tins.  One third of this amount has already been shipped.


p7a & b    The 2/Lancashire Fusiliers, strength of 1084 embarked at Southampton in the Norman, the 2/Middlesex Regt., with 30 officers and 1,000 men embarked in the Avondale Castle

and the Dilwara embarked ? 6 Bearer Co., RAMC and a draft of 70 men of the 1/Royal Berkshire Regt..

    The Pinemore embarks ½ the Household Cavalry, a detail of Ammunition Column, and a draft of 5th Dragoon Guards.  She will also carry 359 horses, 14 four- wheeled and 3 two-wheeled vehicles.

    Most of the troops embarking in the Avondale Castle were wearing their serges.  The officers on board were: Lt.-Col.  A.W. Hill; Majors N.J.R. Blake, W.  Scott-Moncrieff, G.B. Lempriere; Captains G.W.W. Savile, C.R.Dyer, R.  de H Burton, H.  M.  Eustace, C.E. Pemberton; Lieutenants R.A. Haviland, H.E. Foster, F.A. Gailbraith, C.S.D. Fisher; Lt. & Adj.  H.F. MacEwan; and Second Lts.  W.G.H. Lawley, Osborne, Bentley, Bicknell, Wilson, and Stewart.  Also there were Lts.  Henry and Storr, RAMC.

    The Dilwara embarked the following officers of the 2/Royal Lancaster Regt.: Lt.-Col.

M.E. Crofton; Majors E.W. Yeatherd, F.B. Matthews, A.J.J. Ross; Captains G.A. Carlton, C.G. Barton, W.J. Mangles, W.  Sandbach, M.W. Kirk, G.L. Palmes; Capt. & Adj.  A.R.S. Martin; Lieutenants G.R. Stephens, Morley, Pipe-Wolferstan, R.G. Parker, R.H.C. Coö, N.L.S. Lysons, Morrison; 2nd Lieuts.  Vaughn, Parker, Nixon, Hausburg, and Grover; and Adj. & Qmstr.  and Lt. Jepson.  Also aboard were: Maj.  Winter, Capt.  Kelly, Capt.  Tyacke, and Lt.  Knox, RAMC; Lts.  E.B. Wilson and Clowes, 19th Hussars; 2nd Lts.  Chance and Tyrrell, 5th Lancers and R.V.Wynn, 9th Lancers; 2nd Lt.  E.G. Fellows, Suffolk Regt.; Capts.  Alexander and Bird and Lt. Kelly, FA; Maj.  Smyth, AOD, and 2nd Lt.  Cockerell, 2/Royal Berkshire Regt.

    The Norman, since she had mails to carry, did not start until darkness had fallen.  She carried some passengers also.  They are: Lord & Lady Cavendish-Bentinck, the Hon.  R.  Beresford, The Hon.  Alister Hay, the Hon.  Nevill Trevor, Capt.  Arthur Hill, M.P., Mr.  W.H. Milton, Mr.  Justice Hopley and Mrs.  G.H. Makins.  The Norman carried the 2/Lancashire Fusiliers, 1031 men and a small detail of ? 6 Co.  RAMC to which Dr.  F.  Pope, civil surgeon ? 4 General Hospita, is attached.  The following were the officers of the 2/Lancashire Fusiliers: Lt.-Col.  C.J. Blomfield, DSO; Captains C.M. Brunker, E.C. Tidswell, W.F. Elmslie, O.C. Wolley-Dod, J.N. Whyte, H.V.S. Ormond, G.H.B. Freeth, G.M. Stewart, Capt. & Adj.  R.B. Blunt; Lts.  J.J.R. Mallock, H.R. Roffey, A.J. Allardyce, R.S. Wilson, E.  Fraser, D.F. Campbell,; 2nd.  Lts.  E.I.M. Barrett, G.H. Hastings, M.G. Grofton, and Lt. & Qmstr.  W.W. Ganly.  Major Squire, RAMC, was also on board.

    At Liverpool, Langton Dock, yesterday, the Atlantian embarked the 19th Battery RFA, for the Cape.  The troops numbered 167, with 134 horses under command of Maj.  Curtis.  The Atlantian will call at Queenstown to pick up the 28th Battery, RFA, and an ammunition column consisting of 16 officers, 320 men, 250 horses and 6 guns.

    The steamer Ruahine will leave London on Saturday with drafts of seamen and Marines for the Cape.  She will arrive at Plymouth on Monday, the 11th Inst., and embark 56 seamen and 75 Marines.

    The shipment of the armament of the siege train will begin to-day simultaneously in the Tantallion Castle, lying at the East India Docks, and in the Severn, moored off Woolwich Arsnel. The armament weighs over 5,000 tons, and includes 14 - 6 in., 8 - 5 in., 8 - 4 in., and 8 - 4.7 in.  howitzers, with gun carriages and mountings complete, together with 100,000 rounds of shell.  The garrison artillery going out to man the siege train will number over 1,500 officers and men.


LT.  05/12/99 (Tuesday)

p5c    From the Naval Commander-inChief at the Cape, dated Dec.3.  The Ismore struck on rocks off Columbine Point, near St.  Helena Bay, distant about 75 miles north of Table Bay, in calm, thick weather.  The troops have been landed also a quantity of baggage, most of the guns, swords, carbines and ammunition.  The men are reported to be  comfortable, and plenty of food available.

    The transport Canning arrived at Cape Town yesterday.  The mule freightship Hurona has also arrived at Cape Town yesterday with 1190 mules from New Orleans.

    Dateline St.  Vincent, Dec 4.  The transport Simla left here today on her way to SA.


LT.  06/12/99 (Wednesday)

p5c    The Catalonia arrived at Natal yesterday and the Algeria and Ranee arrived at Cape Town yesterday.  The Templemore arrived at Durban yesterday.

    The Manchester City with 2,000 mules from New Orleans left St.  Lucia, Dec 3, for Table Bay.

    Dateline Cape Town, by Lloyd’s Agency, Dec 1.  The Armenian has fouled the Roslin Castle, damaging some rail and davits.


p7a     The Denton Grange left Southampton at 1 o’clock yesterday afternoon.  Beside Col.  Templer, Director of Steam Transports, Capt.  Gardiner, 2/Gloucestershire Regt., 12 men RE, 9 horses and 149 remounts in charge of 25 men of the 19th Hussars, and Civil Veterinary Surgeon, C.H. Hylton-Jolliffe, she also carried the following: 7,200 tons of Government Stores, 13 traction engines, 2 steam ploughs, 60 ambulance vans, 170 buck wagons, 1,000 tons of hay, 1,000 tons of oats and bran, a large quantity of water pipes for water stations from Cape Town to Pretoria for the use of the traction engines, and a large number of Christmas gifts for the troops at the front, comprising tobacco, plum puddings, etc.

    The departure of the Atlantian from Queenstown has been postponed until this morning.

She will cary the horses of the ? 5 ammunition column  and the 28th Batty, RFA, and a large amount of stores, 47 ammunition wagons and carts, and 6 guns.  Those embarking at Queenstown include 2 officers, 13 men and 13 horses of the Brigade Div.  Staff, RFA; 5 officers , 70 men, and 137 horses of the 28th Batty.  RFA.; 5 officers, 129 men and 93 horses of ? 5 Ammunition Column.

    The P.& O. steamer Sumatra with Government invalids from the Cape for London , passed Prawle Point at 10 a.m. yesterday, and may be expected to arrive at Royal Albert Docks about mid-day today.


Cape Times Weekly Edition    06/12/99

p2    Article on Modder River fight here. (col. 2) Capt. Feilding mentioned.


p14    The Scot arrived Wednesday with the 1/Suffolk Regt.

    The Formosa also arrived Wednesday with the 2/Duke of Cornwall’s L.I.

    The Cheshire with the 1/Gordon High. also arrived Wednesday but did not dock until Thursday.   

    The Bavarian arrived here Tuesday but did not land troops but left yesterday morning for (?) Natal with the Connaught Rangers.

    The Orient sailed for home with wounded.

    The Sardinian with a Canadian Contingent (1,098 men) also arrived Wednesday. The following were named: Col. Otter & Maj. Drummond of the SG (Attached), Trooper Des L’Auriers died on the voyage, Maj. Buchan, Capt. MacDougall, Lts. McDonnell, Ogilvie, two war correspondents, Hamilton & Brown.

    The Pavonia and Cephalonia arrived from "The coast” (Natal ?) and the Beacon Grange arrived here from Rosario with mules.

    The Kent, with troops from NSW arrived Friday.

    The Dictaror, from Queenstown, arrived Friday with the 1/R. Scots Fus.

    The Chicago arrived Friday from London, with detachments of 6/DG, "C” 2/DG, and detachments from #4 Gen Hosp.

    The Arawa from Southampton also arrived Friday with 2/Shropshire L.I. , a detachment of 2/Duke of Cornwall’s L.I. and detachment RAMC

    The Catalonia landed Friday 5/Brig. Staff, 1/R. Inniskilling Fus., and a detachment RAMC

    The Persia with Inniskilling Dragoons, put into Canary Isl. with a broken shaft.

    The Ismore went ashore at Columbine Point with 63rd Field Bty., RA, "A” & "B”  10/Hussars, and a detachment of RAMC.

    The Greek arrived Sunday with 1/Essex.

    The Kent arrived from Australia with a detachment of MSW Lancers.

    The Colombian arrived with a detachment of 10/Hussars.


    Here a list of Boer prisoners who have arrived here from the north on 26th Nov. 35 are listed.



LT 07/12/99.  (Thursday)

p5c    Dateline Cape Town Dec 1.    The hospital ship Spartan, with 100 wounded from Natal, arrived here this morning.


p10a & b.    The Sumatra arrived yesterday at Albert Docks having on board 2 wounded officers and 126 invalided soldiers.  In addition to the invalida the Sumatra carried 100 women and children belonging to the families of officers and men.

    The Atlantian left Queenstown yesterday for Cape Town with details and a large quantity of war material, including 1,000,000 rounds of small-arm ammunition.

    The Lismore Castle has been fitted up as a local hospital ship at natal.


LT.  08/12/99 (Friday)

p5e    The British Princess arrived at Cape Town yesterday.  The Norman arrived at Madeira Wednesday and left for Cape Town yesterday.  The Cheshire arrived at Durban on Wednesday.

    Dateline Zanzibar, Dec.  7.  The Dunera arrived here yesterday.


p10a    The Tantallon Castle, loading at East India Docks, has taken on 8 - 6inch howitzers, 4 4.7 inch quick-firing guns and some 9 lb.  and 7 lb.  muzzle loaders.  She also carries 20 pontoons and wagons, 12 ammunition and forage wagons and 2 general service wagons.  The ammunition being placed on board consists of 5,000 boxes of shell, 400 cases of 4.7 inch quick-firing cartridges, 80 cases of 15 lb.  gun cartridges, 220 cases of fuses and tubes, and 3 cases of Lyddite exploders.  Also for the naval ordnance there were 14.5 tons of quick-firing ammunition, 11 tons of small-arm ammunition, 12.5 tons of fitted shells, 19 ft.  of fuses, etc.  She also carries a large amount of stores and other materials.  She should sail this morning for Southampton where she will embark 471 officers and men of the RGA.  A list of officers she will take on board at Southampton includes: Lt.-Col.  T.  Perrott, Capt. & Adj.  A.C. Currie, Majors E.G. Nichols,  J.R.H. Allen,; Captains H.  B.  Roberts, H.S. de Brett, DSO, H.B. Strange, G.R.  Galbraith, G.A. Travers (RE); Lieutenants C.H. Vyse, R.L. Barton, C.D. Crozier, A.H. Webb, D.  Clapman(RE); 2nd-Lieutanants J.A.C. Forsyth, P.R. Pinnett, G.H.W.  Dobbyn, H.U. Ballingall, C.W.P. Dalyell(RE), G.F.S. Tuke(RE), B.E. Cummings(RE).

    Among the other passengers are Lord and Lady Cavendish-Bentinek, Capt.  Bagot, M.P., and Mrs.  Bagot, Major H.J. Crufurd, Mr.  R.  Crosbie, Mr.  W.G. Sprigg, Captain Godson, and Miss Russell, Miss Cox Davies, Miss Pretty, and Miss Davis(Nursing Sisters).


LT.  09/12/99 (Saturday)

p7d    The Narrung arrived at Cape Town yesterday.  The British Princess left Cape Town yesterday for East London and Natal.  The Avondale Castle left Las Palmas yesterday morning for the Cape.

    Dateline St.  Vincent, Dec.  8.  The Maplemore and the Canada have arrived here on their way to SA.

    Dateline Bombay, Dec.  8.  The Palamcotta left for Durban with 7 officers, 557 men and 45 horses.  The troops include 70 men of the 5/DG, 106 of the Devons, 123 of the Gordon Highlanders, 56 of the Gloucestershire Regt.  and 77 of the King’s Royal Rifles.

    Dateline Cape Town, Dec.  6.  The Aberdeen  arrived here from Sidney this morning with a third detachment of the New South Wales Mounted Rifles and infantry numbering 200 men.

    Dateline Buenos Ayres, Dec 8.  Seven steamers here are taking on board horses and fodder for Cape Colony.


p9a    Disposition of units in South Africa .  Location of units. 


LT.  11/12/99 (Monday)

p7f    The Rapidan, Antillian and Cougella arrived at Cape Town Saturday.  The Sicilian, Goth and Guelph arrived at Cape Town yesterday.  On Saturday the Montfort sailed from Cape Town for East London and Natal and the Narrung sailed from Cape Town for Natal. The Britanic and the Glengyle sailed from Cape Town for England on Saturday

    Dateline St.  Vincent, Dec 9.  The Canada and Maplemore left here today for the Cape.

                Dec.  10.  The Dilwara has arrived here on her way to SA and the Nomadic arrived here on her way home.

    Dateline Cape Town, Dec.  7.  All hope for salvaging the Ismore has been abandoned.


p9b    A detachment of Royal Marines will embark in the Rauhine for service in SA.  Captain Hire and Lt.  Poë and a detachment of Royal Marine Artillery, Lt.  Clutterbuck and a detachment of Royal Marine Light Infantry and a party of bluejackets arrived here from Portsmouth last night. The contingent consists of 3 officers and 121 men.

    Major  F.  S.  Maude , CG , is resigning his appointment as Brigade Major of the Home District so that he may rejoin his regiment in SA.


LT 12/12/99 (Tuesday)

p5c    The Cornwall with the Queensland contingent arrived at Port Elizabeth yesterday and proceeded to Cape Town.The freight transport Bulawayo arrived at Cape Town last Friday.

    Dateline St.  Vincent, Dec 11.  The Dilwara has left for Cape Town and the Nomadic for England.


p10a     The Union Steamship Company has offered to convey the chocolate which  her Majesty is sending to the troops in SA, free of charge.  The first consignment will be taken in the Mexican , leaving Southampton next Saturday.


LT 13/12/99.  (Wednesday)

p7b    The Sicilian left Cape Town for East London on Monday and the Narrung arrived at Natal yesterday.  The Iona arrived at Cape Town on Monday.

    Dateline Las Palmas, Dec.  12.  The Atlantian arrived here at 8 a.m. to-day.

    From her Majesty’s cruiser Furious, dated Las Palmas, Dec.  12.  The freight ship Denton Grange grounded abreast Catalina Castle.

    A Lloyd’s telegram from Cape Town, dated Dec.  11, states that the transport Rapidan, on leaving the docks, grounded in the roadstead and was assisted off by a tug.  Damage not yet ascertained.


p12a    The War Office issued the following further particulars of the embarcation of a field force for SA.:

    Ss Victorian, ? 56, Southampton, Dec.  13; 14th Hussars HQ and A & C sqdns.*; 20th Batty.  RFA; Det.  19th Batty.  RFA †; Draft 1/Durham L.I.; Draft 2/ Royal West Surrey Regt.; Det.  ? 16 Co.  RAMC (Field Hospital)‡.

    Ss Avoca, ? 6, Southampton, Dec.  16.; Drafts for: 1/Royal Scots, Devonshire Regt., 1/Royal Inniskilling Fusiliers, 2/Duke of Cornwall’s L.I., 1/Welsh Regt., 1/Gordon Highlanders, 2nd Royal Irish Rifles, 1/Connaught Rangers, 1/A.&S.  Highlanders, Det.  ? 5 Gen.  Hospital, and details.

    Ss Manchester Corporation, ? 70, Southampton, Dec.  19.: T & Q Batty.  RHA, Draft 2/Royal Irish Fusiliers, Det.  ? 5 General   Hospital.

    Ss Jelunga, ? 10, Southampton, Dec.  21: Drafts for: 2/Northumberland Fusiliers, 2/West Yorkshire Regt., 2/Scottish Rifles, 1/Essex Regt., 2/Shropshire L.I., 1/Royal Dublin Fusiliers, Det.  ? 5 General Hospital, and Details.

    Ss Cestrian, ? 71, Southampton, Dec 21: Det.  14th Hussars( B Sqdn)||, Brigade Div.  Staff, RHA, U Batty.  RHA, Det.  T Batty.  RHA,, Ammunition Column, Drafts: 2/Royal Scots Fusiliers, 1/Royal Welsh Fusiliers, Det.  ? 5 General Hospital.

    * B Sqdn.  in ss Cestrian

    † H.Q. in ss Atlantian

    ‡ H.Q. in ss Canada

    § Det.  in ss Cestrian (item not found)

    || H.Q. in ss Victorian

     H.Q. in ss Manchester Corporation

    The Admiralty have specially requisitioned the steamer Gascom, 6288 tons, for conveyance of 1,600 officers and  men of the 6th Division to SA.  The Gascom will leave Southampton  on Saturday next.

    The Gaika, 6,288 tons, will leave Southampton on Friday 22nd inst.  She will convey 1,600 officers and men of the 6th Div. to SA.


p12d & e.  Listing of Field Forces in South Africa and a Diary of the war here.


Cape Times Weekly Edition    13/12/99

p8    Dateline Magalapye, Nov. 28.  Col. Holdsworth and 75 mounted men raided Boer Laager on the 24th at Sequani.  Dateline Nov. 27. The Boers have evacuated Bryce’s Store.



LT.  14/12/99 (Thursday)

p5c    The British Princess , the Montfort and the Langton Grange (with horses from Australia) arrived at Natal yesterday.

    The Tantallon Castle arrived at Madeira at 8 a.m. yesterday and departed in a few hours.

    Dateline Las Palmas, Dec 12, from Col.  Templar on board the Denton Grange: Ship in no immediate danger; shall land horses to-night if necessary.

    Dateline St.  Vincent, Dec 13.  The Pinemore on the way to SA,  has arrived here.  The America and the Orient have arrived here on way back from the Cape.


p10 b, c & d    The Majestic sailed from Liverpool yesterday with the following on board: 3 offficers and 210 men of a draft for the 1/Somersetshire L.I.; a 180 man draft of 1/Border Regt.; 470 men for the King’s Royal Rifles,; and 230 from the Rifle Brigade.  The 1/York and Lancaster Regt.  was also embarked.Total embarked was 60 officers and 2,008 men, and 1 passenger, the Spanish Military Attaché.

    At Southampton, the Victorian embarked A & C Sqdns.  of the 14th Hussars, 414 officers and men and 336 horses, a draft of 150 men for the Durham L.I., 175 officers and men, and 137 horses of the 20th Field Battery, and 50 men of the West Surrey Regt.  She departed in the late afternoon.

    At Plymouth, the Ruahine, embarked 75 Royal Marines for SA.  The men embarked in the tender Traveler for conveyance to the Rauhine awaiting in the Sound.

    A detachment of 7 officers and 214 men of the 2/Wiltshire Regt.  will embark in the Gascom on Saturday at Southampton.  The 2/ Bedfordshire Regt.  will embark in the Sumatra at Royal Albert Docks.  The 2/Worcestershire Regt.  and 7 officers and 214 men with horses and vehicles will embark in the Tintagel Castle at Southampton on the 17th Inst.

    The Jelunga, with wounded from SA, was expected at Southampton yesterday but has not yet arrived.

    Maj.  F.S. Maude, CG, is to embark on Saturday for SA.


LT.  15/12/99 (Friday)

p7c    The Dunera arrived at Natal yesterday and the Norham Castle arrived at Cape Town on Wednesday.

    The Manchester Port left Table Bay Dec. 12 , for London and the Cheshire left Durban Dec.  12, for Cape Town.

    Dateline St.  Vincent, Dec.  14.  The America sailed to-day  for England, on the way back from the Cape.  The Pinemore left for the Cape.

p9 c & d    The Jelunga, from Cape Town, arrived at Southampton yesterday bringing a wounded officer, Capt.  Rice, 1/Royal Irish Fusiliers and 20 wounded men.  She also brought 114 women and 237 children, the wives and families of men stationed in SA.  6 children died on the voyage home.

    The War office issued yesterday the following further particulars of embarcation for SA:

    Ss Gascon, (Freight ship), Southampton, Dec.  15; 12th Brigade Staff, 1/Royal Irish Regt./ 2/Wiltshire Regt.*, Det.  ? 4 Co.  RAMC (Field Hospital)†.

    Ss Sumatra, (Freight ship), Royal Albert Dock, Dec.  16; 2/Bedfordshire Regt., ? 7 Co. ASC, Det ? 3 Co.  RAMC(Bearer Co) †.

    Ss Tintagel Castle, (Freight ship) Southampton, Dec.  17; 2/Worcestershire Regt., Det.  2/Wiltshire Regt.  ‡, ? 10 Co.  ASC, ? 23 Co.  ASC, ? 3 Co.  RAMC (Bearer Co.) §, ? 4 Co.  RAMC (Field Hospital) ||, RE Regimental Staff, 6th Div., 38th Field Co.  RE, .

    Ss Gaika, (Freight ship) Southampton, Dec 22; 13th Brig.  Staff; 2/East Kent Regt, 1/Oxfordshire L.I., Det.  ? 7 Co.  RAMC(Bearer Co.)

    * Det.  in ss Tintagel Castle.

    † H.Q. in ss Tintagel Castle.

    ‡ H.Q. in ss Gascon

    § Det.  in ss Sumatra

     Det.  to go later.


    The Gascon will take out to SA 42 officers, 5 warrant officers, 1,500 men and 6 horses composed as follows:    12 Brigade Staff, 3 officers, 3 warrant officers, 18 men and 3 horses; 1/Irish Regt., 20 officers, 1 warrant officer, 874 men and 3 horses; 2/Wiltshire Regt, 18 officers, 1 warrant officer and 605 men; RAMC, 1 officer and 3 men.

    The Tintagel Castle will take about 50 officers and 1,500 men.


    Dr.  Edghill, Chaplain-General, mentions that there are 14 chaplains in the field at present. They are: Revs.  E.H. Goodwin, T.F. Falkner, Norman Lee, A.A. Gedge, A.  Armitage, W.C. Haines, W.F. Sorsbie, C.F. Baines, E.G.F. Macpherson, J.  Benoy, A.V.C. Hordern, J.G.W. Tuckey, S.  Smith, and F.A. Hill.


    Re.  Rations:  The Sumatra, carrying about 1,200 men and listed under "Troop Stores” is carrying the following: 6,000 lb.  preserved meat, 14 tierces of salt beef, 21 barrels of pork, 2,500 lb.  preserved potatoes, 400 lb.  compressed mixed vegetables, 100 lb.  mustard, 672 lb.  salt, 60 lb.  pepper, 150 gal.  vinegar, 100 lb.  pickles, 1,250 lb. rice, 1,300 lb.  split peas, 300 lb.  suet, 900 lb.  raisins, 140 barrels of flour, 6,000 lb Demerara sugar, 113 lb.  chocolate, 1,300 lb.  coffee, 4,500 lb.  oatmeal, 1,300 lb.  syrup, and 10,800 lb.  biscuits.

    The canteen stores are provided  with the following: 200, 1 lb.  tins of corned beef,  1,500 lb.  lunch biscuits,  896 lb.  of sweetened biscuits,  1,008 lb.  of ginger nuts,  700 tins of bloater-paste,   300 1 lb.  tins of brawn,  1,000  ½lb.  tins of butter,   1,500 lb.  of American cheese, 60  1 lb.  tins of haddocks,  400 1 lb.  tins of fresh herrings,  200 1 lb.  tins of kippered herrings, 150 1 lb.  tins of lobsters,  60 1 lb.  tins of mackerel,  2,000 1 lb.  tins of assorted jams,  800 1 lb.  tins of marmalade,  250 half-pint bottles and  1,000 quarter-pint bottles of pickles, 1,000 1 lb. tins of salmon, 60 quarter-lb.  tins of sardines, 1,000 penny bottles of sauces, 120 1 lb.  tins of sausages,  600 tins of potted meats, 30 half-sacks of flour,  36 lb.  candied peel,  200 lb.  currants,  200 lb.  Valencia  raisins,  784 lb.  moist sugar,  30 lb.  lard,  120 1 lb.  tins sherbet ,  96 bottles of Eno’s fruit salt,  800 seidlitz-powders,  350 clay pipes,  1,500 tins Anglo-Swiss milk, blacking, boot & shoe laces, lead pencils, 180 tablets soap, 150 lb.  tobacco,  350 bottles vinegar,  10 lb.  cream of tartar,  10 lb.  carbonate of soda, and 14 lb.  sweets.

    The "Medical Comforts” for use of the sick include the following: 99 lb.  preserved meat, 153 pints of prepared soup, 305, quarter-pint tins of essence of beef, 27 lb.  arrowroot, 214 lb rice, 481 tins of preserved milk, 293 bottles of lime juice, 1,056 lb.  Demerara sugar, 550 lb.  refined sugar, 66 pints of vinegar, 144 lb.  of preserved potatoes, and 99 lb.  compressed  mixed vegetables.


LT.  16/12/99 (Saturday)

p7c     The Cornwall, from Australia, arrived at Cape Town Dec.  12 with the Queensland contingent.


p12c    The Gaika, 6288 tons, leaving Southampton on Friday the 22nd will convey the following officers and men to SA: 13th Birgade Staff, 3 officers, 18 men and 3 horses; 2/East Yorkshire Regt., 22 officers, 1 warrant officer, 854 men, and 3 horses; 1/Oxfordshire L.I., 21 officers, 1 warrant officer, 626 men, and 3 horses; Details, 57 men.

    The Lycia has been chartered by the Admiralty to convey stores and ammunition to the Cape.

    The Kildona has been chartered by the Government to convey 1,500 mules from New Orleans to the Cape.

    Netley Hospital has been alerted to expect 107 invalids who should arrive Christmas Day on the Kildonan Castle.


LT.  18/12/99 (Monday)

p6d & e    The Doune Castle with the 1/Yorkshire Regt, arrived at Cape Town on Friday evening.

    The transport Nineveh left Sydney Dec.  15 for Melbourne, Durban and Cape Town.

    Dateline Cape Town, Dec.  15.  The Cephalonia and the Aurania left here to-day for Southampton.


p10a & b.    The 2/Bedfordshire Regt., Lt.-Col.  W.O. Cavenagh,  commanding left Aldershot  by special trains on Saturday for Royal Albert Docks to embark in the Sumatra for the Cape.  The 1/ Royal Irish Regt., Lt.-Col.  H.W.N. Guinness, commanding, and part of the 2/Wiltshire Regt. with the 12th Brigade Staff left later the same day for Southampton to embark in the Gascon.  The 2/Worcestershire Regt., Lt.-Col.  F.S. Allen, commanding, and part of the 2/Wiltshire Regt.  also left by special train for Southampton to embark in the Tintagel Castle.

    The Gascon is taking out the following troops: 12th Brigade Staff, 3 officers, 3 warrant officers, 4 men and 3 horses; P.O. Corps, 4 men; M.  Foot Police, 10 men; 1/Royal Irish Regt., 20 officers, 1 warrant officer, 874 men and 2 horses; 2/Wilts Regt., 18 officers, 1 warrant officer, and 605 men; RAMC, 4 men.  The following were the officers: Staff, Maj.-Gen.  R.A.P. Clements, DSO,  ADC Capts.  Oxley & Moody, RAMC, Majs.  Tuckey & G.H. Thomas;   1/R.  Irish Regt., Lt.  Col.  H.W.N. Guinness, Capts.  W.  Gloster, J.B.S. Aldersen, and G.N. Grogan, Lieuts.  A.W. Brush, L.L. Farmer, G.A. Elliot, 2nd Lts.  H.F.A.S. Boyce, G.  Holland, E.L. Norwood, and J.L.O. Marsergh, Capt. & Adj.  H.J. Dowring and Lt. & Quartermaster F.P. Reger;   2/Wiltshire Regt., Lt.-Col.  H.  M.  Carter, Majors F.C. Beatson, F.R. Macmillen, and H.A. Stock, Capts., W.N. Bolton, the Hon.  L.  Holmes-a’Court, W.E. Macham, and E.  Vincent, Lts.  W.P. Rogers, and  L.O.F. Mellish, 2nd Lts.  D.G.N.J. Wimberley, H.B. Fisher, R.M.T. Gillson, E.L.W. Henslow, and C.F. Thornton, Lt. & Adj.  E.  Evans and Lt. & Q’mstr.  A.J. Yardley.

    The Avoca which sailed yesterday at half-past 4 o’clock is taking out the following:

1/Royal Scots, Lt.  Gordon and 50 men; Devon Regt.  Lt.  Sutherland and 2nd Lt.  Elliot and 210 men;   1/R.  Inniskilling Fus., Lt.  Evans and 2nd Lt.  Hutton and 115 men;   2/Duke of Cornwalls L.I., Lt.  de La Condamine and 2nd Lt.  Oliver and 125 men;   1/Welsh Regt., Capt.  Prothero, Lt. Smith and 2nd Lt.  Yorkington and 260 men;   1/Gordon Highlanders, Lt.  Wedderburn and 2nd Lt. Arbuthnot Leslie and 185 men;   2/R.  Irish Rifles and 1/Leicestershire regt., Lt.  Alston and 2nd Lt.  Beamish and 210 men; 1/Connaught Rangers, Lt.  Horton and 2nd Lt.  Wratislaw and 230 men;   1/A & S Highlanders, Lt.  Macdonald and 2nd Lt.  Faskelly and 50 men;   RAMC, (Det.  ? 5, Gen’l Hospital) 3 men;   Civil Surgeons, Mr.  E.A. Brown and Mr.  L.  Cooper;   CG, Major Maude;   SG, Capt.  de K.  Stewart;   R.G.A., Lt.  Nichol and 1 man.

    The following sailed in the Tintagel Castle to-day from Southampton: 2/Worcester Regt., 21 officers, 1 warrant officer, 945 men and 3 horses;   Det.  2/Wiltshire Regt., 7 officers, 214 men and 3 horses;   ? 10 Co.  ASC, 2 officers, 1 warrant officer and 59 men;   ? 23 Co.  ASC, 3 officers, 1 warrant officer, and 45 men;   ? 3 Co.  RAMC  (Bearer Co.), 2 officers, 1 warrant officer, and 54 men;   1 warrant officer RAM Corps;   ? 4 Co.  RAMC (6th Field Hospital), 4 officers, 1 warrant officer, and 31 men;   R.E. Div.  Staff, 6th Dn., 2 officers and 5 men; 38th (Field) Co.  RE, 5 officers and 150 men.

    Royal Albert Docks, December 16.   The Sumatra sailded to-day with the following on board:   2/Bedfordshire Regt., ?7 Co.  ASC, and ? 8 Co.  RAMC, 25 officers and 966 men total.


LT.  19/12/99(Tuesday)

p5a    The Gaul arrived at Cape Town on the 16th and the Simla arrived yesterday.  The Hyades left Buenos Ayres on Dec.  16th for Durban.  The Urmston Grange, from Durban arrived at Port Elizabeth on Dec.  16th; and the Langton Grange left Durban for East London on Dec.  14th.

    Dateline Las Palmas Dec.  17.   The Denton Grange is still discharging her cargo.  The Yoruba is engaged to take this cargo, which is chiefly machinery and ammunition.  The horses are to be conveyed to the Cape by the Dinian.

    Dateline St.  Vincent, Dec.18.   The Kildonan Castle has left on her way back to England. The Armenian has arrived here from Table Bay.


p10a    The P & O Company’s liner Assaye, 7,376 tons has been chartered by the Government.  The Goorkha, 6,288 tons has been taked up by the Admiralty and will leave Southampton for SA with about 60 officers and 1,600 men.


LT.  20/12/99 (Wednesday)

p5a     The Simla left Cape Town for Durban Monday.  The Victorian arrived at Las Palmas Monday and left the same day for the Cape.  The Majestic and Severn arrived at St.  Vincent Dec.  19, and the Armenian left on Dec 18.


p6c    Dateline Southampton, Dec.  19.    The Manchester Corporation docked at Southampton this morning and departed at 4:45 this afternoon after embarking the following:

Q Batty, RHA,   204 officers and men;  T Batty, RHA 193 officers and men; 140 men of the Royal Irish Fusiliers; 381 horses; 12 guns; and 22 - 4 wheeled vehicles.

    The officers of Q Batty were: Maj.  E.J. Phipps-Hornby, Lts.  E.B. Ashmore and C.C. Barnes.  The officers of T Batty were: Maj.  F.  B.  Lecky, Capt.  R.W. Breeks, amd Lts.  R.F. Ruck-Keene, A.  Lascelles, and C.St.  M.  Ingham.  The three officers of   the Royal Irish Fusiliers were Lts.  Cracroft, Welsh and one other.


    The ss Braemer Castle, 6,266 tons,  has been requisitioned by the Government for conveyance of troops to the Cape of some 1,600 officers and men.  She will leave Southampton on Thursday, Jan.  4.


Cape Times Weekly Edition    20/12/99

p4    Capt. J. Sterling, CG, mentioned here as wounded at Magersfontein


p8    Maj. Jarvis’s action toward Bryce’s Store, Nov. 18. Killed Tprs. Geo. Cooke, and Geo. Henry Perrett. Marcus Barthropp, missing.

    Plumer’s recon. toward Pietersburg 1 Dec.  Capt. Pilson establishes a post at Pont  Drift.


p16    First hand account of action at Bryce’s Store here.


LT.  21/12/99 (Thursday)

p5b     Dateline Sydney, Dec.  20.  The Battery of New South Wales Artillery will leave here by the steamer Warrigal on the 27th inst.

    We are informed by the Admiralty that the Norman, with the 2/Lancashire Fusiliers, arrived at Cape Town on Tuesday evening.  The troops were transferred to the Roslin Castle, which then left for Durban.

    The transport Canada arrived at Cape Town yesterday.

    A telegram from Lloyd’s agent at St.  Vincent, dated Dec 20., states that the transport Britannic has arrived and the Majestic has left.


LT.  22/12/99 (Friday)

p3b    Dateline Ottawa, Dec 21.   The Allan Liners Parisian, Laurentain, and Pomeranian have been chartered to carry the new Canadian contingent to SA.

    The date of departure for the Warrigal has been set at 30th inst.


p3d    The transport Canada sailed for Durban yesterday; and the Princess of Wales, hospital ship, arrived at St.  Vincent yesterday morning.

    The Britannic left St.  Vincent for Southampton on Wednesday afternoon.

    The Kildonan Castle passed Madeira at 9 o’clock yesterday morning for Southampton with some invalided troops on board.  She sails again from England, Jan. 3.

    Dateline Buenos Ayres, Dec 21.     The Prah left yesterday for the Cape with 580 horses and the Pendower leaves tomorrow with 350 horses.


p4e & f.    Dateline Southampton, Dec.  21.    The Cestrian carried of the 14th Hussars 165 men and 161 horses; of the RHA Brigade Division Staff, 15 men and 18 horses; of U Batty.  RHA, 179 men, 196 horses, 6 guns, and 11 4-wheeled vehicles; a small detachment of T Batty, of which the rest are in the Manchester Corporation; of the Ammunition Column, 79 men, 93 horses, 8 2-wheeled and 10 4-wheeled vehicles; 210 men of the 2/Royal Scots Fusiliers; 50 of the 1/Royal Welsh Fusiliers; 25 of the Post Office Corps; and the ordinary RAMC party.  The officers on board are: Of the Hussars, Capt.  R.G. Brooksbank, Lts.  W.  Henry and W.J. Lockett, and 2nd Lts.  J.B. Walker and B.M. Dawes; of the RHA, Brigade Div.  Staff, Lt.-Col.  A.N. Rochfort, and Capt. & Adj.  W.B. Norwood; of RAMC, Maj.  Halloran; Vet.  Maj.  C.  Rutherford; of U Batty, RHA, Capt.  H.  Rouse, and Lts.  L.C.L. Learmonth, and E.G. Carbutt; of Q Batty, Capt.  Humphreys; of the Ammunition Column, Maj.E.C.F. Holland, Capt J.C. Wray, and Lts.  G.H.A. White, F.H.G. Stanton, and H.R. Peck; of 1/Royal Welsh Fusiliers, Lt.  E.T. LeMarchant; of the 2/Royal Scots Fusiliers, Capt.  H.S. Sykes, Lt.  H.S.L. Alford, and 2nd Lts.  F.J. Simpson, H.C. Fraser and E.O.N. Leggatt ; of the Army Pay Dept.  Lt.-Col.  S.  Churchill and Capts.  C.V. Hale, A.E. Beadon and A.I. Lean.  She departed at 4:20 P.M.

    At 4:35 P.M. the Jelunga sailed from Empress Dock with 30 officers and 1,302 men on board.  5 officers and 250 men of the RGA and men of the 2/Cameron Highlanders were bound for Gibralter.  The rest for Cape Town.  The 2/Northumberland Fusiliers, Capt.  C.  Jatman, 2nd Lts.  Bromfield and Barcley, and 400 men; the 2/West Yorkshire Regt, Capt.  Tew, 2nd Lt.  Fryer and 150 men; 2/Shropshire L.I., Lt.  English, 2nd Lt.  Delmé-Murray and 175 men; 1/Royal Dublin Fusiliers, Capt.  Venour, Lt.  A.V. Hill, 2nd Lt.  Bradford, and 300 men; and the usual contingent of the RAMC, plus 10 mounted police.  Other officers on board are: Capt.  Codrington, 1/Dorset Regt.; civilian surgeons Mr.  A.  Robertson and Mr.  R.B. Stamford; Capt.  Vawdrey, ASC; Lt. & Q’trmstr  Cauvin; 6th Inf.  Div.  Staff, Majs.  Wilkinson,& B.M. Skinner, Lt Bennett Stuart, the Revs.  F.B.N. Norman-Lee and S.E. Smith; Special Service officers,   Bvt.  Lt.-Col.  W.H. Sitwell, Maj.  F.I. Maxse (not so, sailed with his wife 30 Dec.), DSO, Bvt.  Maj.  C.F.S. Vandeleur, DSO, and Capts.  H.C. Smith and G.E.E.G. Cameron.

    The Gaika, leaving Southampton to-day, is taking out the second shipment of the Queen’s chocolate gifts to the troops.  There are 800 from Rowntree, 300 from Fry & Sons, and 411 form Cadbury.  She also takes out the following: 13th Brigade Staff, 3 officers and 4 men; Post Office Corps, 14 men; 2/East Kent Regt., 22 officers, 1 warrant officer and 881 men; 1/Oxford L.I., 21 officers, 1 warrant officer and 626 men; ? 7 Co.  RAMC, 3 officers 1 warrant officer and 57 men; RGA, 2 officers.

    The Moor, which leaves Southampton on Saturday, Dec.  30, takes out the following Nursing Sisters to Cape Town:  Miss M.  Thomas, ( Superintendent),  A.  Noble, K.  Moxon, A. Teesdale, G.  Morgan, M.  Herring, E.  Kitching, J.  Willetts, M.  Bindloss, and 2 female servants.

    The steamer Umbria has also been chartered for transport service.

    The transport Orient arrived at Southampton yesterday with 136 invalids.  The following are ships returning with invalids: Kildonan Castle arr.  Southampton Dec.  24 with 94 invalids, 24 women and 43 children; the Garth Castle with 37 invalids, Dec.  29; the Aurania, Jan 5 or 6, with 139 invalids.


LT.  23/12/99 (Saturday)

p5 c & d    The Simla arrived at Natal yesterday.  The Siberian left St.  Vincent for Las Palmas yesterday.  The Gascon arrived at Teneriffe yesterday morning and left in the afternoon.  The Glengyle arrived at St.  Vincent, Dec.  22 on her way from Table Bay to England.


p7a & b    Dateline Southampton, Dec.  22.  The Gaika sailde today with the 2/East Kent Regt.  (881 men) and the 1/Oxford L.I., 4 men of the 13th Brigade Staff, 4 of the Post Office Corps, 10 Military Foot Police, 57 men of ? 7 Co.  RAMC, 3 warrant officers, 1 Co.  of RAMC and 9 horses.

    The officers were as follows:    1/Oxfordshire L.I.; Lt.-Col.  Hon.  A.E. Dalzell, Majors R.W. Porter, G.F. Mockler, and C.R. Day; Captains F.G.L. Lamotte, E.A.E. Lethbridge, R.E. Watt, F.J. Henley and K.R. Hamilton; Lieutenants S.F. Hammick, F.H. Stapleton, J.A. Ballard, Hon.  G.W.F.S. Foljambe, C.F. Henley, and A.G. Bayley; 2nd Lts.  H.L. Wood, J.F.C. Fuller, V.A. Ball-Action, and Sullivan; Capt. & Adj.  C.H. Cobb, Lt. & Q.M. W.  Ross.  2/East Kent.  Regt.  Col.  R.A. Hickson; Maj.  J.B. Backhouse; Capts.  A.R. Eustace, R.G. Marriott, F.W.B. Dynem,  W.H. Trevor, and F.  Godfrey-Faussett; Lts.  E.H. Finch-Hatton, C.D.K. Greenway, C.A. Worthington, G.  Mc.B. Ronald, H.H.C. Baird, and F.S. Firth; 2nd Lts.  Greatwood and Houblom,; Capt. & Adj.  A.G. Geddes; Lt. & Q.M. G.  Boom.   RGA, Capts.  Thomas and Prendergast.  RAMC, Majs.  Pike, Geddes, and Fayle; Capt.  Chambers; Lt.  Rattray.  13th Inf.  Brigade Staff, Maj.-Gen Knox, Capt.  R.  Thompson, and Capt.  O.H.E. Marescaux.

    The ss Ottoman left the Mersey for the Cape yesterday evening with about 100 men of the RHA and Dragoons, with Prince Francis of Teck, 1/Royal Dragoons commanding.  Some 450 horses were dispatched by the Remounts Department. 

    By order of the Government, the Royal Mail steamer Dunottar Castle, which leaves Southampton to-day with Lord Roberts and staff, to call at Gibralter, on her way to the Cape, to take on board Lord Kitchener and his staff.

    The steamer Nile has been taken by the Government for conveyance of troops to SA.


LT.  25/12/99 (Monday)

p3c    Dateline Wellington, Dec 23.     The New Zealand contingent sails for the Cape in the Waiwera on January 15.

    The Canada arrived at Natal Saturday; and the Algeria  left Cape Town for Durban with the 63rd Batt.  Field Artillery.

    The hospital ship Princess of Wales left St.  Vincent for the Cape on Saturday.  The Avoca arrived yesterday morning at  St.  Vincent.

    The Europe and the Sumatra arrived at Las Palmas Saturday.

    Dateline Cape Town, Dec 22.    The Dunera arrived here to-day.

    Dateline Las Palmas, Dec.  24.     The Tintagel Castle left here today.


p8b    The Dunotter Castle sailed from Southampton at 6:15 p.m. Saturday with Lord Roberts for SA.  The following officers also sailed in the Dunotter Castle: Field-Marshal Lord Roberts, V.C., Maj.-Gen.  G.T. Pretyman, Col.  Viscount Downe, C.I.E., Maj.  H.V. Cowan, Capt.  A.C.M. Waterfield, Maj.  J.F.R. Henderson, Maj.  C.V. Hume, Bvt.  Maj.  G.F. Gorringe, DSO,  Col.  Lord Erroll, Commander the Hon.  S.J. Fortescue, R.N.(  naval adviser to Lord Roberts), Capt.  Lord Herbert Scott and Capt.  Lord Settrington.

    Sixth Division Staff, Maj.-Gen.  Kelly-Kenny, Capt.  W.H. Booth, Maj.  H.  Hamilton, DSO, Col.  A.E.W. Goldsmid, Maj.  C.C. Munro, Maj.  J.H. Caunter, and Lt.-Col.  Gubbins, RAMC.

    Among the other passengers were: Maj.  Maxse, (not so, sailed 30 Dec.) C.G., Sir Ellis Ashmead-Bartlett, M.P.,  and the following Nursing Sisters: Mrs.  Kelso-Hamilton, Miss F.  Bell, Miss A. Davidson, Miss E.  McCarthy, Miss L.  Tippetts, Miss N.  Strangman, Miss M.  Greenham, Miss C.  Evans, Miss C.S. McGowan and Miss E.  Becker.


p8d    The cruiser Isis, from Alexandria, arrived at Malta yesterday, bringing Lord Kitchener, Maj.  Watson and Lt.  Cowan.  They left in the cruiser Dido for Gibralter to meet the Dunotter Castle.


LT.  26/12/99 (Tuesday)

p3a & b    The 63rd Batty Field Artillery has embarked at Cape Town for Natal, Dec 23 in the Algeria.   The Maplemore arrived at Cape Town  Sunday.  The Avoca left St.  Vincent Dec.  25.

Dateline Ottawa, Dec 25.  The Government have chartered the Montezuma for the transport of part of the 2nd Canadian contingent.


p9b    The Kildonan Castle arrived at Southampton from Cape Town yesterday morning.  It brought Capt.  Melvill, 1/Manchester Regt., 4 nurses for duty on board, 24 soldiers’ wives, 43 children, 94 invalids and wounded, 19 prisoners, 22 men on duty service and a few details.

    Private gift of Maxim guns.  Lt.-Col.  Thorneycroft, Scots Fusiliers, special service officer in South Africa has received from members of his family, at a cost of £ 1,300, two Maxim guns, 20,000 rounds of ammunition, and a number of field glasses.


LT.  27/12/99 (Wednesday)

p3d    The Dilwara arrived at Cape Town on Monday.  The Avondale Castle, the Tantallon Castle, and the Manchester City arrived at Cape Town yesterday.

    Dateline Gibralter Dec.  26.    The transport Jelunga has arrived here and disembarked the ? 10 Co.  RGA and embarked the 36th Co.  RGA for the cape.  The Manchester Corporation has put in here to have her propeller repaired.

    Dateline Buenos Ayres, Dec.  26.  The Pendower has saild for the Cape with 348 horses, 24,081 bags of bran, and 9,840 bales of hay.  The Royston Grange has also sailed with 700 horses and a quantity of fodder.


p5a    Lord Kitchener arrived at Gibralter yesterday afternoon on board the cruiser Dido.


Cape Times Weekly Edition    27/12/99

p1    Here a list of names of Boer casualties at Belmont.


p2    The Guelph arrived Durban with 6 foreign attaches (Not Named)

    Dateline Durban Dec. 20. HMS Forte brought in as a prize the Norwegian barque Regina form Java with 40,000 railway sleepers as cargo.


p3    Casualties at defence of Bryce’s Store on 2 Nov. were: Wounded, Trooper Carr and Trooper Jones, BSA Police, not dangerously, Trooper Harkney, R.R. not dangerously. Missing, Troopers Gubbins and Cooper, BSA Police. Lt. Hazerick, Rev. Leary, Troopers Waller, Hyde, Vaneyson, and Pierce, R.R.  Rev. Leary and Trooper Hyde are known to be wounded.


p4    Dateline Tuli, Dec. 16. Lt. Trevor reports that there are no Boers at Brak River,

    Dateline Mochudi, Dec. 13. Repairs to the rail line is ongoing between Gaberones and Crocodile Pools, under Engineer Wallace. Boers are in considerable force at Crocodile Pools and have 2 cannons and 2 machine guns.



LT.  28/12/99 (Thursday)

p3a    Dateline Gibralter Dec 27.    The Dunottar Castle, with Lord Roberts on board arrived here last evening.  Lord Kitchener having embarked, the steamer left here at 1 o’clock A.M. for the Cape.


p4a    The Dilwara,  with 2/Lancashire Fusiliers, the Mongolian, with the 2/Middlesex Regt., ex Avondale Castle, and the Manchester City with mules, have left Cape Town for Durban on Tuesday.

    The Cestrian arrived at Las Palmas yesterday.  Lloyd’s Agents at Durban telegraphs, under date of Dec.  21, that the transport Palamcotta, from Bombey has arrived with reinforcements for the Indian contingent, detachments of the 6th DG, Devonshire Regt., Gordon Highlanders, Gloucestershire Regt., and King’s Royal Rifles.

    Dateline Gibralter, Dec.  27.    The Menes has arrived from Malta with ? 16 Co.  RGA.  They were transshipped on board the Jelunga, which yesterday embarked ? 36 Co.  RGA from here.  The Jelunga, with both companies, leaves to-night for the Cape.


p5a    The Woolloomooloo has been taken up by the Admiralty to convey stores to SA.  The Montezuma has been chartered to convey part of the Canadian contingent , probably 800 men and 600 horses to SA from Halifax.


LT.  29/12/99 (Friday)

p3e    The Algeria arrived at Natal yesterday.  The Roslin Castle, from Cape Town, with 2/Lancashire Fusiliers, ex Norman, arrived at Natal Dec.  23.  The Gaika arrived at Teneriffe at 8 a.m. yesterday and left at 2 p.m. for Table Bay.

    The Lloyd’s agent at Las Palmas telegraphed yesterday as follows: "British transport Siberian (previously reported arrived from Cape Town to embark horses ex steamer Denton Grange) furnace crowns distilling boiler collapsed.  Is repairing.”

    Dateline Madeira, Dec 28.    The Dunottar Castle, conveying Lord Roberts and Lord Kitchener to SA, arrived here at 3 p.m. to-day and leaves at 10 p.m. for Cape Town.

    Dateline Gibralter, Dec.28.    The Jelunga left here this morning for SA.

    Dateline Madrid, Dec.  28.    The Garth Castle and another British transport have arrived at Las Palmas from the Cape with 184 wounded soldiers on board.


p5b & c    The liner City of Rome has been chartered by the Government for transport service.  She is expected to embark 110 officers and 1,950 men about Jan.  10.

    The Union Steamship Company’s Royal Mail twin-screw steamer Briton, leaving Southampton on Saturday, Jan.  13, will convey 250 officers and men of the regiment(CIV) to SA, free of charge.

    The Honourable Artillery Company.  Mention here of the Earl of Denbigh.


LT.  30/12/99 (Saturday)

p5d    Dateline Bombay, Dec 29.  The British India Steamship Company has offered its fast steamer Dwarka to convey General Hector MacDonald, Maj.-Gens.  Tucker, and Nicholson, Col. Chamberlain and 14 other officers as guests, free of charge.  They will sail Jan.  4.

    The Pinemore and the Atlantian arrived at Cape Town yesterday..  The Atlantian proceeded to Durban.

    The Roslin Castle left Natal for Cape Town on Thursday.  The Woolwich has arrived at Cape Town and the Mohawk at Durban on Dec.  25.  The Ottoman arrived at Las Palmas on Dec 28 and the Clan Cumming arrived at Cape Town, Dec.  24.

    Dateline Sydney, Dec 28.  The Moravian has been engaged to convey 18 officers, 136 men and 72 horses to SA.  Departure about Jan.  15.


p6a & b    The Orient sailed this afternoon (Dec.  29) from Southampton, on her second trip as a troopship, for SA.  She sailed with 1,275 officers and men as follows: 21 officers and 776 men of the West Riding Regt.; 2 officers and 170 men of the 1/Essex Regt.; a draft of 110 men from the Dublin Fusiliers; 90 gunners; 50 men of the St.  John Ambulance Brigade, ? 6 Co.  RAMC; and a number of details.


p7c    LG Dec 29.  CG.  Lt.  F.D. Farquhar is seconded for service in SA.