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Military Notes.

THE TROOPERS’ MEMORIAL

The Mayor of Invercargill (W. B. Scandrett, Esq.,) has been advised by the Lord Provost of Aberdeen, in a letter dated November 29th, th a t the monument to the Southland Troopers who fell in South Africa was to be shipped from London for New Zealand next day, and that the stair and railing would be forwarded from Glasgow by a slower steamer. THE SCOTS GREYS. AN IMPRESSIVE CEREMONY. At Edinburgh on Nov. 26th a memorial to the memory of the men of the Scots Greys who fell in South Africa was unveiled by Lord Rosenbery, who, in the course of a fine address, referred to the achievements of the’ regiment under Marlborough and Wellington, and in the Crimea, and continued : “Then came the South African war. That was a different campaign. It was a war carried on in vast solitude against small bodies of men, against an enemy that was almost always invisible. No such heartbreaking or harrassing work for a soldier can be conceived. It afforded no room for the splendid achievements of Waterloo and the Ciimea. It required perseverance, patience, vig'ilence, almost as much as courage, But cool-blooded courage, prolonged through long years, is not less meritorious than the hot, warmblooded courage of the onset. Tito British Army in South Africa fought under harrassing conditions. They fought a new warfare : they fought hardship and disease ; they fought imder the shadow of military operations carried on with patience through long years, awaiting a tardy, but triumphant result. “I was with the Scots Greys at their last dinner in this city. It was a cheerful dinner, but it was not glad or triumphant. We met under the shadow of a humiliating reverse. We knew that, humanly speaking, we could not expect that all who were then present would return to us again. We knew, at any rate, th*t all were about to face the unknown, and we then resolved and declared that evening that, having put our hands to this thing, we -would sec it through, and wo would muddle through somehow, and somehow or other we did muddle through. (Applause). Some of those who were there that night did not return, and it is to their memory that wo erect this memorial to-day. Honour to ‘the unreturninig brave’ —the bravo who will return no more. We shall not see their faces again in the services of their sovereign and their country. They have undergone the sharpness of death. They sleep their eternal sleep thousands of milosi away in the green solitudes of South ’Africa. Their place, their comrades, their saddles, will know them no more, for they will never return to us as wo knew them. But in a nobler and a higher sense, have they not returned to us to-day ? They return to us with a message of duty, of courage, and of patriotism. Thev return to us with a memory of high duty, faithfully performed. They return to us with the inspiration of their example.’’ His Lordship, raising his hat, and pointing to the statue, 'exclaimed in fervent tones : “Peace, then, to their aches ! Honour to their memory ! Scotland for ever !’•’

His Lordship then drew the cor'd, and unveiled the memorial, the proceedings closing with “God Save the King !

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Military Notes., Southern Cross, Volume 14, Issue 46, 12 January 1907, Incorrect pagination

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Military Notes. Southern Cross, Volume 14, Issue 46, 12 January 1907, Incorrect pagination

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