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From: James Butler NSW Lancers
Time: 9:01:06 AM
Remote Name: 220.127.116.11
From the Military History Journal - Vol 9 No 4 Ambush at Kalkheuwel Pass,3 June 1900
The Inniskilling advance guard under Lt Rundle continued ahead and saw two abandoned wagons. The leading patrol, comprising an NCO and two men, came upon Boers on the hillside on the left and gave the alarm. Boers were secreted on either side of the gorge, but mostly on the left, amongst the rocks and bushes.(44) Consequently, the Boers were forced to fire prematurely, before the main body was completely jammed in the pass. The main body of troops had, in fact, just descended into a slight dip in the road commanded by a high rocky hill to the front.
The Boers also started firing onto the road from the hill ahead and from the ridges on either side of this eminence (1463, Map 3). Two men of the advance party of Carabiniers were killed and another was mortally wounded. Lt Rundle had three horses shot from under him and Capt Johnson lost one.(50). The main body of troops was so close behind that the Boers were able to fire onto the compacted mass from the ridges and even from the left rear. The intense rifle fire was supplemented by Boer shells.
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