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Lot 157
BOER WAR

£ 200 - 400
US$ 280 - 550
BOER WAR
Autograph diary kept by 6717 Pte F. Colman, Vol Service Coy, 2nd Worc Reg, Field Force, South Africa, written when in the field in indelible pencil, beginning with his enlistment on 10 January 1900, and describing his service in South Africa from the time of his disembarkation at Cape Town on 17 March until his embarkation for the homeward voyage on 16 May 1901 ("...we moved on again in the attacking order, our Coy being on the right of the firing line we commenced to advance towards a range of Kopjes lying across the Valley at about 3 miles distant with a few smaller ones in front we continued the advance without opposition, till nearing the Kopjes now about 1,200 yds distant, when the enemy opened a terrible rifle fire on us, as we were getting some water from a spruit, we had orders to make for a Kopje about 200 yds in front which our Artillery were shelling making the Boers vocate it. The Boers had burnt the grass all round here making us an easy mark in our kharki, we reached the Kopje under heavy fire..."); with soldiers' verses written at the end, including 'A Tale of the Worcesters', nearly 120 pages, limp black oilcloth, 8vo, South Africa, 1900-1901
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