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Monday, 8 June 2009
The Press at the War, Boer War Journalist Casualties to August 1900
Topic: BW Gen - Campaign

 The Press at the War

Boer War Journalist Casualties to August 1900

 

Town and Country Journal, 25 August 1900, p. 37.

 

With the massive growth in literacy throughout the British Empire coupled with the global telegraph network, the Boer War became the first war where there was a saturation of Press coverage. The journalists were scorned by the senior officers but also found extremely necessary by their detractors to maintain the morale at "home". It was a tension that existed throughout the war between the journalist and the soldier.

Regardless of what the soldiers thought of the journalists, the men and women who went to South Africa were extremely brave. They bore the same hardships as the soldiers in the field but were exposed to greater risks. Whereas a unit, and thus a soldier, may see action rarely, the journalists, by their very vocation, must seek the action all the time to report on it, thereby putting themselves always at risk of either injury, capture or disease. The casualty rate for journalists was high, exceeding 50% of all those who went specifically to cover the war.

In a moment of reflection upon this high casualty rate, the Town and Country Journal published a list. This was no academic exercise in press naval gazing but a very real commentary on the loss felt by this newspaper, a loss shared by many others. At the top of the list was their own correspondent, Mr. H. H. Spooner, who died at Deelfontein from enteric fever. No one newspaper at the time was immune from these casualties. While soldiers were praised, the press carried on with their job of bringing the news, dying, invalided but failing to obtain similar national recognition. This is a tribute to those unsung heroes of the press corps.

 

The Press at the War.

CASUALTIES AMONG JOURNALISTS.

OVER FORTY VICTIMS


The following, by no means a complete list, shows how the war Correspondents have suffered is c m the severity of the campaign. The list shows a very high percentage of misfortunes, demonstrates the risks which have to be incurred by correspondents at the front in a very emphatic manner -

Mr. H. H. Spooner, Sydney "Town and Country Journal," died at Deelfontein from enteric fever.

Mr. William J. Lambie, Sydney "Daily Telegraph," killed at Rensburg.

Mr. D. Macdonald, "Melbourne Argus," enteric fever.

Mr. M. H. Donohoe, London "Daily Chronicle" (formerly of Sydney "Evening News"), captured.

Mr. A. G. Hales. ("Smiler"), "Daily News," captured.

Major Reay, "Melbourne Herald," enteric fever.

Mr. G. W. Stevens, London "Daily Mail," died of enteric fever during the siege of Ladysmith.

Mr. Alfred Ferrand, "Morning Post," killed at Ladysmith.

Mr. Albert Collett, "Daily Mail," killed in action, Molteno.

Colonel Hozier, "Sphere," killed near Stormberg.   

Mr. Ernest G. Parslow, "Daily Chronicle," shot dead by Lieutenant Murchison at Mafeking. Murderer, penal servitude for life.

Mr. Mitchell, "Standard," captured, escaped, took enteric fever, and died.

Mr. Charles E. Hands, "Daly Mail," dangerously wounded, Maritsani.

Mr. Julian Ralph, "Daily Mail," struck by shell fragment at Belmont, and severely injured in accident.

Mr. F. W. Walker, "Daily Mail," wounded at Stormberg.

Captain Wright, "Daily Mail," wounded at dispatch riding.

Lord De la Warr, "Globe," wounded at Vryheid.

Mr. P. F. Reid (son of Sir H.G. Reid), "Echo," seriously wounded at Kheis.

Mr. E. F. Knight, "Morning Post," shot with sporting Mauser bullet at Belmont; right arm amputated.

Mr. Winston Spencer Churchill, "Morning Post," captured at Chieveley, afterwards escaped.

Lord Cecil Manners, "Morning Post," captured near Johannesburg, and liberated.

Mr. George Lynch, "Morning Herald" and "Echo," captured, released; in hospital with enteric fever; now in England.

Mr. A. Graham, "Central News,” missing since May 21; supposed captured.

Mr. A. F. Hellawell, "Daily Mail," captured.

Rev. Adrain Hofmeyr, "Daily Mail," captured.

Lady Sarah Wilson, "Daily Mail," captured.

Lord Rosslyn, "Daily Mail" and "Sphere," captured.

Mr. James Milne, Reuter's, captured.

Mr. John Stuart, "Morning Post," nearly blind after siege of Ladysmith; recovered; now ill with dysentery.

Mr. W. Maxwell, "Standard," enteric fever during siege of Ladysmith; recovered.

Mr. H. S. Lyons, "Daily Mail," invalided, enteric, Durban.

Mr. T. J. Greenwood, "Cape Argus" enteric fever, siege of Ladysmith.

Mr. L. Oppenheim, "Daily Mail," invalided, enteric.

Mr. Lester Ralph, "Daily Mail," invalided, enteric.

Mr. R.C.E. Nissen, "Daily Mail," invalided, enteric.

Mr. W. Martindale, "Central News," enteric, recovered.

Mr. Alfred Kinnear, "Central News," enteric, recovered.

Mr. Jos. S. Dunn, "Central News," twice captured, enteric, recovered.

Mr. Charles Bray, "Central News," enteric, recovered.

Mr. F. A. Stewart, "Illustrated London News," dysentery, at Durban.

Mr. W. T. Maud, "Daily Graphic," enteric fever after Ladysmith, and invalided home.

Mr. Buller, "Daily Telegraph," invalided home.

Mr: H. W. Nevison, "Daily Chronicle," in hospital with fever, recovered.

Mr. J. A. Cameron, "Daily Chronicle," enteric; permanently invalided.

Mr. Brayley Hodgetts, "Daily Express," invalided with enteric.

 

Further Reading:

The Boer War

Boer War Battles where Australians fought

 



Posted by Project Leader at 10:14 AM EADT
Updated: Thursday, 18 February 2010 7:53 AM EAST
Order Of Battle of the Egyptian Expeditionary Force, April 1916, Part 13, South-Western Section
Topic: AIF & MEF & EEF

Order Of Battle of the Egyptian Expeditionary Force, April 1916

Part 13,  South-Western Section

 

As part of the Official British War History of the Great War, Captain Cyril Falls and Lieutenant General George MacMunn were commissioned to produce a commentary on the Sinai, Palestine and Syrian operations that took place. In 1928, their finished work, Military Operations, Egypt and Palestine - From the outbreak of war with Germany to June 1917,  was published in London. Their book included Appendix 2 which specifically detailed the Order Of Battle of the Egyptian Expeditionary Force, April 1916 and is extracted below.

MacMunn, G. & Falls, C., Military operations: Egypt and Palestine, (London 1930), pp. 389 - 390:

 

South-Western Section.

G.O.C. -

Colonel (temp. Brig.-General) H. W. Hodgson, C.V.O.

Mounted Troops -

1st Australian Light Horse Brigade

1 Sqdn. Egyptian Army Cavalry.

Infantry  -

2nd Garrison Battalion, Cheshire Regiment.

1 Company and Machine-Gun Section, Egyptian Army.

Signal Service -

Detachment, 2nd Mounted Divisional Signal Sqdn.

Emergency Sqdn., Royal Naval Armoured Car Division.

H.Q. and Nos. 1, 2 and 3 Light Armoured Motor Batteries.

No. 2 Armoured Train.

 

Previous: Order Of Battle of the Egyptian Expeditionary Force, April 1916, Part 12, North-Western Section

Next: Order Of Battle of the Egyptian Expeditionary Force, April 1916, Part 14, General Headquarters Troops

 

Further Reading:

AIF & MEF & EEF, Contents 

AIF, MEF and the EEF

 


Citation: Order Of Battle of the Egyptian Expeditionary Force, April 1916, Part 13, South-Western Section


Posted by Project Leader at 12:01 AM EADT
Updated: Saturday, 4 July 2009 3:57 PM EADT
Order Of Battle of the Egyptian Expeditionary Force, April 1917, Part 13, General Headquarters Troops
Topic: AIF & MEF & EEF

Order Of Battle of the Egyptian Expeditionary Force, April 1917

Part 13,  General Headquarters Troops

 

 

As part of the Official British War History of the Great War, Captain Cyril Falls and Lieutenant General George MacMunn were commissioned to produce a commentary on the Sinai, Palestine and Syrian operations that took place. In 1928, their finished work, Military Operations, Egypt and Palestine - From the outbreak of war with Germany to June 1917,  was published in London. Their book included Appendix 3 which specifically detailed the Order Of Battle of the Egyptian Expeditionary Force, April 1917 and is extracted below.

MacMunn, G. & Falls, C., Military operations: Egypt and Palestine, (London 1930), p. 404:

 

General Headquarters Troops.

Royal Flying Corps -

Middle East Brigade, R.F.C.

G.O.C. -

Brevet Lieut. Colonel (temp. Brig. General) W. G. H. Salmond, D.S.O.

Staff Officer, 1st Grade -

Major (temp. Lieut. Colonel) P. R. C. Groves.

5th Wing -

Nos. 14 and 67 (Australian) Squadrons.

20th Reserve Wing -

Nos. 21, 22, 23, 57 and 58 Reserve Squadrons.

Engineers -

Railway Operating Division.

115th and 116th Railway Companies, R.E.

2 Companies, Railway Bn. Sappers and Miners.

Topographical Section, R.E.

Signal Service -

"M" (L. of C.) Signal Company.

Nos. 12 and 62 Airline Sections.

"BQ" and "BS" Cable Sections. Northern Wagon, Southern Motor, and No. 12 Pack W/T Sections.

A.S.C. Mechanical Transport -

H.Q., A.S.C. Motor Boat Company.

Two Advanced M.T. Sub-Depots (Ismailia and Qantara).

52nd, Highland Mounted Brigade, 6th Reserve and 29th Field Ambulance and Workshop Units.

Camel Transport -

Nos. 1 and 2 Camel Transport Depots. "O" and "R" Companies, Egyptian Camel Transport Corps.

 

 

Previous: Order Of Battle of the Egyptian Expeditionary Force, April 1917, Part 12, Alexandria District

Next: Order Of Battle of the Egyptian Expeditionary Force, April 1917, Part 14, Southern Canal Section

 

Further Reading:

AIF & MEF & EEF, Contents 

AIF, MEF and the EEF

 


Citation: Order Of Battle of the Egyptian Expeditionary Force, April 1917, Part 13, General Headquarters Troops


Posted by Project Leader at 12:01 AM EADT
Updated: Wednesday, 8 July 2009 10:13 PM EADT
Sunday, 7 June 2009
Order Of Battle of the Egyptian Expeditionary Force, April 1916, Part 14, General Headquarters Troops
Topic: AIF & MEF & EEF

Order Of Battle of the Egyptian Expeditionary Force, April 1916

Part 14,  General Headquarters Troops

 

As part of the Official British War History of the Great War, Captain Cyril Falls and Lieutenant General George MacMunn were commissioned to produce a commentary on the Sinai, Palestine and Syrian operations that took place. In 1928, their finished work, Military Operations, Egypt and Palestine - From the outbreak of war with Germany to June 1917,  was published in London. Their book included Appendix 2 which specifically detailed the Order Of Battle of the Egyptian Expeditionary Force, April 1916 and is extracted below.

MacMunn, G. & Falls, C., Military operations: Egypt and Palestine, (London 1930), pp. 389 - 390:

 

General Headquarters Troops.

Mounted Troops -

Imperial Camel Corps.

Bikanir Camel Corps.

Royal Flying Corps -

5th Wing Royal Flying Corps.


Commander -

Lieutenant-Colonel W. G. H. Salmond.

 

No. 14 Squadrons;

No. 17 Squadron (with Western Force);

2 Kite Balloon Sections (Naval).

Artillery -

Heavy Artillery.

XX Brigade, R.G.A.

10th, 15th and 91st Heavy Batteries, R.G.A.

1 Heavy Battery and 1 Section Heavy Battery, Royal Marine Artillery.

Stokes Gun, Batteries of - 125th, 126th, 161st and 162nd Brigade Batteries.

Anti-Aircraft Artillery - Nos. 30 and 38 Anti-Aircraft Sections.

Mountain Artillery - 4th Highland Mountain Battery, R.G.A.

Armoured Cars -

Nos. 11 and 12 Armoured Motor Batteries.

Engineers -

115th, 116th and 276th Railway Companies, R.E.

Signal Service -

G.H.Q. Signal Company.

Nos. 14 and 15 Airline Sections.

"NA,"  "NB," and " W " Cable Sections.


Unallotted -

Southern Motor, W/T Station;

No. 5 Pack. Wireless Section.

A.S.C -

338th, 493rd and 619th Mechanical Transport Companies, A.S.C.

Transport -

Camel Transport Corps.

59th, 62nd, 70th and 191st Camel Corps.

 

 

Previous: Order Of Battle of the Egyptian Expeditionary Force, April 1916, Part 13, South-Western Section

Next: Order Of Battle of the Egyptian Expeditionary Force, April 1916, Part 15, Lines of Communication Defence Troops

 

Further Reading:

AIF & MEF & EEF, Contents 

AIF, MEF and the EEF

 


Citation: Order Of Battle of the Egyptian Expeditionary Force, April 1916, Part 14, General Headquarters Troops


Posted by Project Leader at 12:01 AM EADT
Updated: Saturday, 4 July 2009 3:55 PM EADT
Order Of Battle of the Egyptian Expeditionary Force, April 1917, Part 14, Southern Canal Section
Topic: AIF & MEF & EEF

Order Of Battle of the Egyptian Expeditionary Force, April 1917

Part 14,  Southern Canal Section

 

 

As part of the Official British War History of the Great War, Captain Cyril Falls and Lieutenant General George MacMunn were commissioned to produce a commentary on the Sinai, Palestine and Syrian operations that took place. In 1928, their finished work, Military Operations, Egypt and Palestine - From the outbreak of war with Germany to June 1917,  was published in London. Their book included Appendix 3 which specifically detailed the Order Of Battle of the Egyptian Expeditionary Force, April 1917 and is extracted below.

MacMunn, G. & Falls, C., Military operations: Egypt and Palestine, (London 1930), pp. 404 - 405:

 

Southern Canal Section.

G.O.C. -

Brevet Colonel (temp. Brig.-General) P. C. Palin, C.B. (in addition to his duties as G.O.C., 29th Indian Brigade).

Mounted Troops -

4th (A. and N.Z.) Battalion, Imperial Camel Corps (less 15th Coy., attached 3rd Bn. and 16th Coy., attached N. Canal Section, and with 13th Coy. from 3rd Bn. attached).

Engineers -

14th Army Troops Company, R.E.

496th (Bent.) Field Company (less detachment).


Infantry - 232nd Infantry Brigade.

[This was the only brigade yet formed of the 75th Division. The 2nd Loyal North Lancashire and 1 /4th Duke of Cornwall's Light Infantry were temporarily attached to Eastern Force.]

G.O.C. -

Major (temp, Brig. General) H.J. Huddleston, D.S.O., M.C.

 

2nd Loyal North Lancashire Regiment;

1/4th Duke of Cornwall's Light Infantry;

1/5th Devonshire Regiment;

2/5th Hampshire Regiment.

 

29th Indian Infantry Brigade.

2/3rd Gurkhas;

3/3rd Gurkhas;

123rd Rifles;

Brigade Signal Section (British);

123rd Indian Field Ambulance;

Indian Brigade Supply Column.

 

49th Indian Infantry Brigade.

G.O.C. -

Lieut. Colonel (temp. Brig General) E. R. B. Murray.

 

58th Rifles;

1/101st Grenadiers;

1/102nd Grenadiers;

110th Indian Field Ambulance;

1st Garrison Bn., Notts and Derby Regiment (less 2 companies);

1st Garrison Bn., Northampton Regiment.

A.S.C -

No. 900 Company, A.S.C. (Auxiliary Horse Transport Company, Ismailia).

Cyprus Detachment.

1st Garrison Bn., Royal Scots.

 

 

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Citation: Order Of Battle of the Egyptian Expeditionary Force, April 1917, Part 14, Southern Canal Section


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