Topic: BatzB - Grobelaar
Account - London Times 18 May 1901, p. 7.
(FROM OUR OWN CORRESPONDENT. MIDDELBURG, MAY 14.)
Further operations are now taking place under Sir Bindon Blood in the Eastern Transvaal, this time south of the railway. The main gathering of Boers, under Louis Botha and Schalk Burger, is between Carolina and Ermelo. The Carolina commando, about 200 strong, under Commandant Joubert, was last reported four miles south of the town, another force, under Christian Botha, being in the neighbourhood of Ermelo.
The Boers in these districts enjoy the reputation of never refusing to fight, but it is by no means certain that they are minded to make a stand on the present occasion. Already numerous small bodies of the enemy have crossed the line northwards, where before long another body will
have to be dealt with. It is impossible, without a far larger number of troops than we are able at present to put into the field, to prevent the Boers while we are operating in one district from escaping into another, but by thoroughly clearing the country in which the troops are operating it is possible to prevent the enemy from making it their headquarters again.
Citation: Grobelaar Recht - Account - London Times 18 May 1901, p. 7.