Topic: BW - NSW - NSWIB
New South Wales Imperial Bushmen
This is an extract from the War Diary written by Major David Miller, Adjutant of the New South Wales Imperial Bushmen who arrived in the Mozambique port of Biera and then moved to Rhodesia as part of the journey for deployment in South Africa to see action in the Boer War.
15 July 1900 - Sunday
Reveille as usual. Troops marched out at 7.15 and arrived at wagons at 9.30 a.m. distance 5 miles. The cooking by groups is gaining favour amongst the troops. Marched out of camp at 2 p.m. and proceeded 6 miles to night camp on burnt veldt; en route saw natives engaged in securing partridges for food. They extend at about 8 to 10 yards and beat the long grass; securing birds by sticks or dogs. They advanced in perfect time. Fine night. Water 1¼ mile.
The column marched along a burnt veldt and so looked black and barren. Miller observed the local people catching partridges in a novel but efficient manner which impressed him greatly.
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Citation: New South Wales Imperial Bushmen, War Diary, 15 July 1900