The Great Boer War By Arthur Conan Doyle












 -  It must be confessed that
there seems some irony in the fact that, within five days of the
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It Must Be Confessed That There Seems Some Irony In The Fact That, Within Five Days Of The British Ruling By Which The Boers Were No Longer A Military Force, These Non-Belligerents Had Inflicted A Loss Of Nearly Six Hundred Men Killed, Wounded, Or Taken.

Two small commandos, that of Koch in the Orange River Colony, and that of Carolina, had been captured by Williams and Benson.

Combined they only numbered a hundred and nine men, but here, as always, they were men who could never be replaced.

Those who had followed the war with care, and had speculated upon the future, were prepared on hearing of Botha's movement upon Natal to learn that De la Rey had also made some energetic attack in the western quarter of the Transvaal. Those who had formed this expectation were not disappointed, for upon the last day of September the Boer chief struck fiercely at Kekewich's column in a vigorous night attack, which led to as stern an encounter as any in the campaign. This was the action at Moedwill, near Magato Nek, in the Magaliesberg.

When last mentioned De la Rey was in the Marico district, near Zeerust, where he fought two actions with Methuen in the early part of September. Thence he made his way to Rustenburg and into the Magaliesberg country, where he joined Kemp. The Boer force was followed up by two British columns under Kekewich and Fetherstonhaugh. The former commander had camped upon the night of Sunday, September 30th, at the farm of Moedwill, in a strong position within a triangle formed by the Selous River on the west, a donga on the east, and the Zeerust-Rustenburg road as a base.

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