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New South Wales Imperial Bushmen
New South Wales Imperial Bushmen, War Diary, Sunday, 1 July 1900
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.
1st July 1900 Sunday
Reveille at 5.30 a.m. Troops marched off at 6.50 a.m. and marched 5 miles to next intermediate camp where the wagons which started at 4 a.m. had outspanned. Troops unsaddled horses which were fed, then turned out to graze under picket.
Captain Waldron conducted an examination into Stock of Provisions etc.
Left camp at 3 p.m., marched in at 4.15 distance 4 miles.
Country changing to better soil, basalt and trap, and plenty of water, sufficiency of fuel. Horses picketed amongst timber both sides of rope. Weather slightly warm.
After tea the Officers assembled at my fire and discussed reconnoitring patrols etc for an hour.
After the disasters of the previous day, after the current day's march, the officers did the best thing possible, sat down by the campfire and discussed their options for the rest of the march. This was a positive move and much needed to restore direction and moral.
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