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A British Defeat. (By Cable.) London, Jan. 28. Telegrams from official sources have been received this evening from Natal announcing a serious British defeat in the Transvaal. The information to hand states that Sir George Colfey made an attack in force on the Boer position at Langsnek. Heavy fighting ensued, but the enemy offered a strong defence, and finally inflicted a severe repulse on the Colonial forces, which were compelled to retire, with heavy loss in killed and wounded. Sir George has now decided to await the expected reinforcements from England and India before resuming offensive measures against the Boers.

Jan. 29,

Further news to hand from the Transvaal states that in the defeat at Langsnek, Sir George Collet's force had 198 rank and file killed, and five officers killed and three wounded.

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THE BOER REBELLION., Ashburton Guardian, Volume 2, Issue 256, 31 January 1881

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THE BOER REBELLION. Ashburton Guardian, Volume 2, Issue 256, 31 January 1881

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