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Thursday, 25 July 2002
New South Wales Imperial Bushmen, Letter 25 July 1900
Topic: BW - NSW - NSWIB

NSWIB

New South Wales Imperial Bushmen

Letter 25 July 1900
 
 

New South Wales Imperial Bushmen, Letter 25 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. 


Head Quarter Staff Office
00.3934

Bulawayo
25th July 1900

From:
Major Miller

To:

the Assistant Quartermaster General
Sydney

Sir

I have the honour to enclose copy of my journal to date and report my departure for Mafeking on Special Service forthwith.

I have the honour to be
Sir
Your obedient Servant
David Miller
Major

OCAS Corps
This should be read to the officers of the Corps and their subordinates.

8.10.00


It is interesting to note that this column is moving towards Mafeking, obviously to utilise this northern town, recently liberated, as a launching point to outflank the Boer forces in the north.

 

Previous: War Diary, 21 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, Letter 25 July 1900

Posted by Project Leader at 12:01 AM EADT
Updated: Sunday, 13 June 2010 6:06 PM EADT
Wednesday, 24 July 2002
The Battle of Stinkhoutboom, South Africa, 24 July 1900, Outline
Topic: BatzB - Stinkhoutbm

Battle of Stinkhoutboom

South Africa, 24 July 1900

Outline

 

Stinkhoutboom in the Orange Free State located on Google maps.

 

Stinkhoutboom, located some 70 kilometres north of Kroonstad in the Orange Free State and just ten kilometres south of the Vaal River, was the scene of an action during the Second youth African War fought on 24 July 1900. British forces had pursued the Boer commando led by General Christiaan de Wet north to this point, seeking to prevent his passage into the adjoining Transvaal republic and forcing him to take refuge in the Reitzburg Hills beyond the town of Vredefort. On 24 July elements of Brigadier-General C.P. Ridley's mounted infantry brigade (which included both the New South Wales Mounted Rifles and Army Medical Corps) learnt that de Wet had passed through the town the previous night, commandeering men, food and horses.

Ridley's men sped on in pursuit. At a farm called Stinkhoutboom some of the NSWMR, working with men from other units in the brigade, came upon part of de Wet's rearguard with six grain wagons. In the farmhouse they also captured several exhausted Boers who were asleep in bed still fully clothed. De Wet responded to the sound of firing by sending back Danie Theron's Scouts to make a counter-attack, supported by two guns which opened fire from concealed positions on high ground to the right. The hour-long action which followed saw the small open plain near the farm filled with several hundred men from both sides, who engaged each other at a distance often no more than 200 metres. Initially the mounted infantry were unable to hold their ground, and were forced to make an orderly retreat with the captured wagons. The end came when two guns from Ridley's brigade arrived on the scene and began shelling the Boers, forcing them to withdraw with seventeen casualties, including two men killed. The British suffered 39 casualties, reportedly including three South Australians killed and several wounded.

The engagement was principally notable for the act of a medical officer with the New Booth Wales Army Medical Corps, Captain Neville Howse, who - at the height of the fighting - rescued a young trumpeter who lay wounded without shelter in the field of fire. This act of gallantry earned Howse the Victoria Cross, the first awarded to a member of any Australian unit.



Extracted from the book produced by Chris Coulthard-Clark, Where Australians Fought - The Encyclopaedia of Australia's Battles, Allen and Unwin, Sydney, 1998, pp. 83-84.

 

Additional References cited by Chris Coulthard-Clark:

L.S. Amery, (ed.) The Times History of the War in South Africa 1899-1902, Vol. 4 (1906), London: Sampson Low, Marston & Co.

R.L. Wallace (1976) The Australians at the Boer War, Canberra: Australian War Memorial & Australian Government Publishing Service.

 

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The Battle of Stinkhoutboom, South Africa, 24 July 1900

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Battles where Australians fought, 1899-1920

 


Citation: Stinkhoutboom, South Africa, July 24, 1900

Posted by Project Leader at 12:01 AM EADT
Updated: Monday, 2 August 2010 2:21 PM EADT
Tuesday, 23 July 2002
The Battle of Stinkhoutboom, South Africa, 24 July 1900, Roll of Honour
Topic: BatzB - Stinkhoutbm

Battle of Stinkhoutboom

South Africa, 24 July 1900

Roll of Honour

Australian Forces

 

Poppies on the Roll of Honour, Australian War Memorial, Canberra

 

The Roll of Honour contains the names of all the men known to have given their lives in service of Australia during The Battle of Stinkhoutboom, South Africa, 24 July 1900.

 

Roll of Honour

Alexander William NICHOLAS, 4th South Australian Imperial Bushmen

Lest We Forget

 

 

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The Battle of Stinkhoutboom, South Africa, 24 July 1900

The Battle of Stinkhoutboom, South Africa, 24 July 1900, Roll of Honour

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Citation: The Battle of Stinkhoutboom, South Africa, 24 July 1900, Roll of Honour

Posted by Project Leader at 12:01 AM EADT
Updated: Monday, 2 August 2010 2:11 PM EADT
Monday, 22 July 2002
The Battle of Stinkhoutboom, South Africa, 24 July 1900, What is a "Stinkhoutboom"?
Topic: BatzB - Stinkhoutbm

Battle of Stinkhoutboom

South Africa, 24 July 1900

What is a "Stinkhoutboom"?

  

Stinkwood Tree

 

Stinkhoutboom = Stinkwood Tree

Notes: Zieria arborescens

Scientific name: Zieria arborescens Sims

Author: John Sims 1749-1831

Common name: Stinkwood, Tree Zieria

Family: Rutaceae


Stinkwood is widespread from Queensland to Tasmania. It is a common species in wet eucalypt forest. Rainforest margins, on the coast and adjacent ranges are also part of its natural distribution.

The greyish trifoliate leaves lend texture and colour even when the mass of white flowers is not present. Crushed leaves do have a strong smell though the plants seem odour-free except when damaged. It is a pretty shrub, occasionally growing to 10 metres, while a 1.5 to 2 metre high, rounded form seems most common.

A semi-shade tolerant species, this shrub prefers good drainage and adequate water. 

 

 

Further Reading:

The Battle of Stinkhoutboom, South Africa, 24 July 1900

The Battle of Stinkhoutboom, South Africa, 24 July 1900, Roll of Honour

Battles where Australians fought, 1899-1920

 


Citation: The Battle of Stinkhoutboom, South Africa, 24 July 1900, What is a "Stinkhoutboom"?

Posted by Project Leader at 12:01 AM EADT
Updated: Monday, 2 August 2010 2:09 PM EADT
Sunday, 21 July 2002
New South Wales Imperial Bushmen, War Diary, 21 July 1900
Topic: BW - NSW - NSWIB

NSWIB

New South Wales Imperial Bushmen

War Diary, 21 July 1900
 

 New South Wales Imperial Bushmen War Diary, 21 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. 

 

21 July 1900 - Saturday

In camp. General Carrington visited camp at 4 p.m. and informed me I was to accompany him to Mafeking.


General Carrington has asked Miller to accompany him to Mafeking.

 

Previous: War Diary, 20 July 1900 

Next: Letter 25 July 1900 

 

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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, 21 July 1900

Posted by Project Leader at 12:01 AM EADT
Updated: Sunday, 13 June 2010 6:04 PM EADT

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