Captain Marks, Who Was Brigade-Major Of
Colonel Brookfield's Yeomanry, With The Help Of Lieutenant Keevil
Davis And The 15th I.Y. Came To The Rescue Of The Disorganised And
Almost Annihilated Section.
At the same time the C.I.V. guns were
in imminent danger, but were energetically covered by Captain
Budworth, adjutant of the battery.
Soon, however, the infantry,
Munster Fusiliers, and Yorkshire Light Infantry, which had been
carrying out a turning movement, came into action, and the position
was taken. The force moved onwards, and on July 6th they were in
front of Bethlehem.
The place is surrounded by hills, and the enemy was found strongly
posted. Clements's force was now on the left and Paget's on the
right. From both sides an attempt was made to turn the Boer flanks,
but they were found to be very wide and strong. All day a
long-range action was kept up while Clements felt his way in the
hope of coming upon some weak spot in the position, but in the
evening a direct attack was made by Paget's two infantry regiments
upon the right, which gave the British a footing on the Boer
position. The Munster Fusiliers and the Yorkshire Light Infantry
lost forty killed and wounded, including four officers, in this
gallant affair, the heavier loss and the greater honour going to
the men of Munster.
The centre of the position was still held, and on the morning of
July 7th Clements gave instructions to the colonel of the Royal
Irish to storm it if the occasion should seem favourable.
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