Topic: BW - NSW - NSWIB
New South Wales Imperial Bushmen
Letter 22 June 1900
Above is a letter written by Major David Miller to Colonel Taunton describing the circumstances of the Imperial Bushmen after departing Biera, Mozambique, and travelling to Marandella (modern day Marondera) in Southern Rhodesia (Zimbabwe) as the New South Wales Imperial Bushmen contingent move to South Africa to see action during the Second Anglo-Boer War.
It is of some interest to witness Miller run out of ink whilst writing his letter and commence using an indelible pencil to finish off the letter. It says a great deal about the state of the supply situation at Marandella at the time. We also witness the complaint about lack of promotion by Miller who believes that he is the only fellow not to be promoted despite being a Major for 6 years. These are fascinating personal insights that add depth to an ordinary military report.