BOER WAR – LADYSMITH and COLENSO

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Lot 110
BOER WAR – LADYSMITH and COLENSO

£ 600 - 800
US$ 750 - 1,000
BOER WAR – LADYSMITH and COLENSO
Collection of Boer War memorabilia, obtained by Major G.F. Ellison, comprising "Original draft of orders for the battle of Colenso. G.F.E.", in pencil on pages torn out of a military order book, two minute photographs showing Boer positions sent out of Ladysmith, both with receipt slips signed by Captain Percy Scott (of naval gun fame), when commandant at Durban; a message written on skin obtained from Ladysmith Hospital (ink perished); Buller's telegram announcing Cronje's capture, docketed "Received on hill above Tugela about 11.30 AM on 27.2.00 as Genl Lyttelton, Colonel Bruce Hamilton and I were waiting for Sir C. Warren's attack on Boer left near Pieter's Station to develop. G.F.E.", a duplicate message from Botha to Hamilton "Received under flag of truce"; and other material, secured by pins in two glazed early twentieth-century display cases, unexamined out of their mounts

Footnotes

  • Major G.F. Ellison of the Royal Warwickshire Regiment served as Deputy-Assistant Adjutant-General, 2nd Division and Assistant Provost Marshal with the relief force, one memento inscribed as given to him "on the day I entered the town to take over the camping grounds for the relieving force". See illustration on preceding page.
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