Topic: BW - NSW - NSWIB
New South Wales Imperial Bushmen
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.
7 July 1900 - Saturday
Troops marched out at 6.50 a.m. and arrived at wagons at 7.30 a.m.. Wagons halted owing to absence of grass at next water due to grass fires. Officers instructed practicality in Outpost Duty on hills near camp. Sergeant Major Messenger arrived at 10 a.m.. I left camp at 2 p.m. with a subaltern from "D" and "E". Proceeded 3½ miles to Iron Mine Hill Store thence 3½ miles to camp in timbers on edge of veldt. Squadrons arrived in camp at 5.15 cold frosty night. Wagons came in a 8 p.m.. Night alarm in "E" Squadron, satisfactory result. No water at camp, food fairly plentiful. Anain gold Mines said to have been worked by Egyptian or Phoenicians.
The column passed Iron Mine Hill and camped by an ancient gold mine reputed to have been worked by the Egyptians or Phonecians.
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Citation: New South Wales Imperial Bushmen, War Diary, 7 July 1900