With the Cape Mounted Rifles; Four Years Service in South Africa

With the Cape Mounted Rifles; Four Years Service in South Africa

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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1881 edition. Excerpt: ...service. The first-mentioned corps was commanded by Major Pulleine, and the latter by Lieutenant Carrington, both of the 24th regiment. These two corps did excellent service. The Infantry acted as garrisons at the various points we occupied whilst marching through Galeka-land on this third occasion. Fifty men of the 24th were also mounted, under Lieutenant Clements, and acted as cavalry with the column under the command of Colonel Glyn. By Christmas Day we had formed a camp within two miles of our old camping-ground at Lusisi, and were making preparations for marching once more over the territory. The police were now under the Imperial authorities, and we all welcomed the beneficial change. We had plenty to eat, with sufficient time for meals, and we went over the ground quite as rapidly, if not more so than before, and we always contrived to camp in daylight instead of dark. If any of my readers have campaigned they will know the difference made in the comfort of a camp by what I have mentioned. While we are camped and waiting the orders to march, let me turn to notice some events which were happening on the other side of the Kei. Kiva, let me first remark, one of the most noted of the Galeka warriors, had broken through into the Colony, burning every store and farm-house on his way, and had joined the Gaikas, who were now in open rebellion. The communication from the Kei road and Komgha was blocked, and a policeman was shot whilst carrying despatches between these two places. A body of forty police, under charge of an officer carrying the Government despatches, was attacked and forced to retreat. At length Major Moore, with a detachment of the 88th and some twenty of the police, whilst escorting the mails, had a severe fight with the Galekas....show more

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  • Paperback | 56 pages
  • 189 x 246 x 3mm | 118g
  • Rarebooksclub.com
  • Miami Fl, United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 1236547764
  • 9781236547767