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.
16 July 1900 - Monday
Reveille as usual. Left camp at 7.15 a.m.. Arrived wagons at 9.15 distance 7½ miles. Wagons inspanned on spruit which runs into River Insuzia. Ickirie ¼ mile on.
Squadrons marched in at 10.15 a.m.. Road heavy, country gradually becoming worse for pastoral or agricultural pursuits. Mineral indications extremely good.
Marched out at 2 p.m.. Arrived Beacon Hill 6½ miles out at 4 p.m.. No water or suitable sites for camping, proceeded 1 mile to spruit near kopje. Water ¾ mile away, wood very scarce. Selected camp, squadrons arrived at 6 p.m.. Picketed horses, ground extremely hard. Wagons reported arrival 1 mile short at 8.30 p.m.. Troops fell in, marched to wagons and carried horse rugs and blankets to camp.
Crossed the Insuzia River and passed over poor grazing country to the next camp at Beacon Hills.
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Citation: New South Wales Imperial Bushmen, War Diary, 16 July 1900