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The New Zealanders in the Transvaal.

— o We take the following extract, which is from a letter dated Judo 14, from a trooper Burying with the New Zealanders in South • frica, from an Auckland paper :— " We rested at Wynberg for three days, and then con* tinued oar march to Pretoria. Abont three o'clock we came on the Boers unaware, and after giving them a very lively time succeeded in capturing their ambulance waggons. Aiter this we had no Bghting until we got to Pretoria, which we marched through on the 6th, and camped therefor three day 8, during which there was a parley going on between Lord Roberts and the authorities. On the fourth day 2000 pickets (myself included), under General Hutton, went on a recodhaisance, and came across our ' friends ' before we had gone six miles. They had taken up an entrenched position on a long range of kopjes, and it took us three days to move them. They began pelting 56 pounder shrapnel on to us, at the rate of knots. Before we could move our own horses and these belonging to the battery, there were 16 killed. The shrapnel was the worst, and burst splendidly. Cast iron was flying all around as. At one gun there was only the commanding officer and n corporal left. The cannonade continued till dark, and we still held the kopje, aad next day, I am glad to say, we drove them back without the loss of a single New Zea* lander. Next day we were ordered to rejoin the main body, and to do bo we had to cross a rather extensive plain, and had barely got halfway across when the Boers opened on us with rifle fire. It was simply a miracle that some of uh were not hit. My coat had four bullet holes, and my saddle two, that is about as close as I want to get to bulletß, I assure yon. The Boers retired on the third day. The ground being' too rough for our horses we were ordered back, and 27,000 infantry were sent on. "We hare tad another address from the General, and with regard to our last fight ho said :— ' New Zea* landers, under Major Cradock, this is not the first, but only one of the many times that I havo had cause to coma pliment you on your conduct while) under very trying and treacherous fire. Your bravery la»t Monday and Tuesday surpassed everything that I have seen during the whole of my career, and for valour aad backbone I con* aider you second to none, not even the flower of the British Army. New Zealanders, I am proud to have you under my command' "

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The New Zealanders in the Transvaal., Feilding Star, Volume XXII, Issue 49, 27 August 1900

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The New Zealanders in the Transvaal. Feilding Star, Volume XXII, Issue 49, 27 August 1900

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