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.
The column arrives at Potchstroom. The mules are in a bad way through over work. The column split with the majority going off to Elands River while a force of 326 under Colonel Paget remained to cover the transport section. Troops were all on half rations.
4th August 1900 - Saturday
The Column marched out ot 7 a.m. and arrived at Potchefstroom at noon - distance 12 miles. The heavy work is wearing the mules out. Several bad drifts on the road. The Column divided - the main body proceeding towards Elands River and a force of 326 men under Colonel Paget was left behind to cover Potchefstroom. Heavy firing heard from the direction of Elands River - Troops placed on half rations. Depatch sent to Zeerust for 6 days supplies in duplicate to be forwarded with all speed. The 6 days' forage arrived. I obtained under requisition 2 head of cattle - which gave 636 lb meat. All rations were called in and comprised:Biscuits - 1,400 lbBoer flour (Mealie) - 2,000 lbSugar - 230 lbCoffee - 36 lbSalt - 100 lbEvaporated vegetables - 32 lb.
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Citation: New South Wales Imperial Bushmen, War Diary, 4 August 1900, page 1