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Saturday, 13 July 2002
New South Wales Imperial Bushmen, War Diary, 13 July 1900
Topic: BW - NSW - NSWIB

NSWIB

New South Wales Imperial Bushmen

War Diary, 13 July 1900
 
 

 New South Wales Imperial Bushmen War Diary, 13 July 1900.

 

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. 

 

13 July 1900 - Friday

I moved out of camp at 7 a.m., very frosty morning. Caught up to Colonel at 8.15 camped close to wagons four miles from our night camp. Accompanied by Captain Brown, with Adam the Kaffir driver went out after buck; but saw only two small ones, 3 peacocks, 2 quails and 1 hare.
Squadrons marched out at 3.15 to camp 5 miles in timber, 1 mile from store. Country getting much poorer, road very heavy, sand all the way from Gwelo. Day hot.
At midday there was a partial stampede amongst the horses which was stopped by the dismounted men circling the leaders. It was apparent that the knee haltering had been done clumsily, and that no horse should have more than 24" inches at the most of halter allowed from the knees to the headstall.
Snakes very plentiful in night camp, 5 of a venomous nature killed by "E" Squadron and 2 by "D". Generally about 5 to 6 feet in length. Rallying post introduced.

 

Miller visited the Colonel Mackay and then went out hunting deer. In the meantime at camp, the horses stampeded. It was stopped when the men rounded up the leaders.The cause was due to poor knee haltering. At night, snakes were a grave problem.

 

Previous: War Diary, 12 July 1900 

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Further Reading:

Boer War - NSW 

New South Wales Imperial Bushmen

New South Wales Imperial Bushmen, Roll of Honour

Boer War, 1899 - 1902

Battles where Australians fought, 1899-1920

 


Citation: New South Wales Imperial Bushmen, War Diary, 13 July 1900

Posted by Project Leader at 12:01 AM EADT
Updated: Sunday, 13 June 2010 5:39 PM EADT
Friday, 12 July 2002
New South Wales Imperial Bushmen, War Diary, 12 July 1900
Topic: BW - NSW - NSWIB

NSWIB

New South Wales Imperial Bushmen

War Diary, 12 July 1900
 
 

 New South Wales Imperial Bushmen War Diary, 12 July 1900.

 

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. 

 

12 July 1900 - Thursday

Very bleak morning. Squadrons moved out at 7.15 a.m. arrived at wagons on the Somabula River at 8.45 this morning, distance 4 miles.

"A" and "B" Squadrons left this camp at 7 a.m..

Troops exercised in Outpost Duty by day. Squadrons marched out at 3.15 arrived at camp 4 miles on at 4.30. Camp pitched on veldt, very little timber for any purposes. Colonel Mackay accompanied by the Adjutant, the Quartermaster, the Veterinary, the Regimental Sergeant Major and Orderlies arrived in camp at 8.15 p.m.

Colonel expressed satisfaction at condition of affairs and emphasized his wish that messing by groups be introduced, men work in groups, sleep in groups, eat in groups and fight in groups; one man in each group to cook for the other three men who look after his horse. The party left camp at 9 p.m.. Prior to leaving the Colonel address the Squadrons and complimented them on their behaviour and work.

 

Colonel Mackay and his staff finally join the column. He introduces the concept of the section of four men. In the circumstances of travel, one of the four men will cook and the other three will look after the cook's horse. Each section will remain together doing everything and sharing all things together. Mackay addressed the column and then left the camp at 9pm.

 

Previous: War Diary, 11 July 1900 

Next: War Diary, 13 July 1900 

 

Further Reading:

Boer War - NSW 

New South Wales Imperial Bushmen

New South Wales Imperial Bushmen, Roll of Honour

Boer War, 1899 - 1902

Battles where Australians fought, 1899-1920

 


Citation: New South Wales Imperial Bushmen, War Diary, 12 July 1900

Posted by Project Leader at 12:01 AM EADT
Updated: Sunday, 13 June 2010 5:37 PM EADT
Thursday, 11 July 2002
New South Wales Imperial Bushmen, War Diary, 11 July 1900
Topic: BW - NSW - NSWIB

NSWIB

New South Wales Imperial Bushmen

War Diary, 11 July 1900
 
 

 New South Wales Imperial Bushmen War Diary, 11 July 1900.

 

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. 

 

11 July 1900 - Wednesday

Troops marched out at 7.15, arrived at wagons 8.30, distance 3½ miles. Exercised Squadrons in the attack and defence of a position. Officers very weak. NCO's as a rule, absolutely useless. Left camp at 2 p.m. arrived next site at 3.30 distance about 4 miles.

The grain wagons are to be reloaded and will catch up to us tonight. Country undulating veldt, very little wood even for fuel. Water in spruit. Wagons arrived with grain at 9 p.m..

 

The column practiced squadron attack and defence of positions. Much to the disgust of Miller, he describes the officers as weak and reserved his most scathing comments for the NCO's as "absolutely useless". Their new camp was at a spruit with water, although on the down side, the veld had little wood for fuel.

 

Previous: War Diary, 10 July 1900 

Next: War Diary, 12 July 1900 

 

Further Reading:

Boer War - NSW 

New South Wales Imperial Bushmen

New South Wales Imperial Bushmen, Roll of Honour

Boer War, 1899 - 1902

Battles where Australians fought, 1899-1920

 


Citation: New South Wales Imperial Bushmen, War Diary, 11 July 1900

Posted by Project Leader at 12:01 AM EADT
Updated: Sunday, 13 June 2010 5:34 PM EADT
Wednesday, 10 July 2002
New South Wales Imperial Bushmen, War Diary, 10 July 1900
Topic: BW - NSW - NSWIB

NSWIB

New South Wales Imperial Bushmen

War Diary, 10 July 1900
 
 

 New South Wales Imperial Bushmen War Diary, 10 July 1900.

 

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. 

 

10 July 1900 - Tuesday
Left camp at 7.15, marched to wagons 6 miles thence to Gwelo, arrived at noon, country generally veldt, rested horses for the afternoon. "A" and "B" Squadrons marched out of Gwelo this afternoon. Captain Waldron replenished stock of grain and effected exchange of some condemned meat.
 

The column arrived at Gwelo for their evening camp. Their condemned meat was exchanged and grain supplies were replenished.

 

Previous: War Diary, 9 July 1900 

Next: War Diary, 11 July 1900 

 

Further Reading:

Boer War - NSW 

New South Wales Imperial Bushmen

New South Wales Imperial Bushmen, Roll of Honour

Boer War, 1899 - 1902

Battles where Australians fought, 1899-1920

 


Citation: New South Wales Imperial Bushmen, War Diary, 10 July 1900

Posted by Project Leader at 12:01 AM EADT
Updated: Sunday, 13 June 2010 5:35 PM EADT
Tuesday, 9 July 2002
New South Wales Imperial Bushmen, War Diary, 9 July 1900
Topic: BW - NSW - NSWIB

NSWIB

New South Wales Imperial Bushmen

War Diary, 9 July 1900
 
 

 New South Wales Imperial Bushmen War Diary, 9 July 1900.

 

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. 

 

9 July 1900 - Monday
Visited Fort Gibbs erected 1896. Left camp 6.55 marched to wagons 5½ miles by 8.30 a.m. "E" Squadron practiced in attack formation. Troops marched out at 3 p.m. arrived at night camp at 4.30 distance 4½ miles. Camp south side of Black spruit near old stable.
 

After visiting Fort Gibbs, the men set off for the next day's march. "E" Squadron practiced attack formation. The day ended at Black Spruit where they camped near some old stables.

 

Previous: War Diary, 8 July 1900 

Next: War Diary, 10 July 1900

 

Further Reading:

Boer War - NSW 

New South Wales Imperial Bushmen

New South Wales Imperial Bushmen, Roll of Honour

Boer War, 1899 - 1902

Battles where Australians fought, 1899-1920

 


Citation: New South Wales Imperial Bushmen, War Diary, 9 July 1900

Posted by Project Leader at 12:01 AM EADT
Updated: Sunday, 13 June 2010 5:36 PM EADT

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