Topic: BatzB - Zand River
The Battle of Zand River
South Africa, 10 May 1900
Sydney Morning Herald Account
ACTION ON THE ZAND RIVER.
GALLANT ACTION OF THE N.S.W. TROOPS.
LONDON, May 10.
During Major-General Hutton’s reconnaissance on tho Zand River the New Zealand troops were posted on a kopje overlooking the river, whilst the New South Wales and Canadian troops were held in reserve on a kopje in the rear.
Some 10,000 Boers, who with six guns were on the northern side of the river preparing to leave with a convoy and a loaded train, returned, and shelled the British and Colonial troops.
Many of tho Boers crossed tho dry bed of the river southward, circled to the right, enfiladed the Western Australian troops with shellfire, and threatened the retreat of the New Zealand troops.
The New South Wales troops moved forward gallantly and held the enemy in check in the face of a galling fire. They covered the retreat of the New Zealanders.
The enemy retired at night, and destroyed the railway bridges and culverts.
The London "Daily Chronicle's'' war correspondent states that Lieutenant General French and Major-General Hutton crossed the Zand River, and are pursuing the enemy cautiously, owing to the damage done to the railway.
Citation: The Battle of Zand River, South Africa, 10 May 1900, Sydney Morning Herald Account