"At a mile distant their thousand hooves were stuttering thunder, coming at a rate that frightened a man - they were an awe inspiring sight, galloping through the red haze - knee to knee and horse to horse - the dying sun glinting on bayonet points..." Trooper Ion Idriess
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Saturday, 11 June 2011
The Battle of Diamond Hill, South Africa, 11 - 12 June 1900, Contents Topic: BatzB - Diamond Hill
The Battle of Diamond Hill
South Africa, 11 - 12June 1900
Diamond Hill, an action fought on 11-12 June 1900, during the Second South African War, between British forces under the direct command of Field Marshal Lord Roberts and the main Boer army of the Transvaal republic under General Louis Botha.
Australian Service Personnel, Photograph Albums, NSW Citizens Bushmans Contingent, Contents Topic: AAC-Photo Albums
Australian Service Personnel
NSW Citizens Bushmans Contingent, Contents
Lieutenant Colonel Henry Parke AIREY
The NSW Citizens Bushmans Contingent Album contains the photographs of nearly all the men who were listed as having embarked for service to South Africa with this unit. Other men are listed who did not embark but had their photographs included in the publication.
* The quality of the pictures vary due to the nature of the original medium which was microfilm. The page images came directly from a microfilm image and so tend to be blurry and grainy. That can't be helped but the images are presented as best as possible.
* The original images appeared in the Sydney Mail, 3 March 1900, and consequently the art of newspaper picture publishing was not as sophisticated as today. So the original source was poor in the first place.
* Compounding this was the poor collation of the collection by the Sydney Mail, which has resulted in photographs being duplicated, faded and illegible copy or poorly named and so rendering the image of the soldier as unidentified. Throughout the album, the duplications are identified. In addition, at the end of the album, unidentified pictures are placed followed by those identified but who did not embark with the NSW Citizens Bushmans Contingent.
* The presentation of each entry is as follows:
All men - listed with their rank on embarkation, their first names if known or if unknown, the initials followed by the family name which is capitalised. Each name is linked to the photograph entry in the album.
Officers - Since they were not issued with a Service Number, they have been listed in order of rank.
Other Ranks - Listed in order of Service Number.
An alphabetical listing of Family Names follows the page lisings.
* As additional photographs come into our possession from other sources, they will be added to Pages 49 and beyond. The names will be also added to the alphabetical listing.
John Hutton Bisdee VC, OBE (28 September 1869 – 14 January 1930) was an Australian recipient of the Victoria Cross.
When Bisdee was 30 years old, and a Trooper in the Tasmanian Imperial Bushmen, Australian Imperial Force during the Second Boer War when the following deed took place for which he was awarded the VC.
On 1 September 1900 near Warm Bad, Transvaal, South Africa, Trooper Bisdee was one of an advance scouting party passing through a narrow gorge, when the enemy suddenly opened fire at close range and six out of the party of eight were wounded, including two officers. The horse of one of the wounded officers bolted and Trooper Bisdee dismounted, put him on his own horse and took him out of range of the very heavy fire.
Bisdee later served as a Lieutenant Colonel in the First World War, where he was awarded an Officer of the Order of the British Empire, as well as being Mentioned in Despatches.
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