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Colvin (Bt.-Lieut.-Colonel F.F.) & Gordon (Captain E.R.)

DIARY OF THE 9TH (Q.R.) LANCERS DURING THE SOUTH AFRICAN CAMPAIGN 1899 TO 1902

Published: London, 1904

Stock Number: #4569/1

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304 pages, 8vo (205 x 155 mm), frontispiece, 40 illustrations in the text, large folding map in pocket in the lower cover (neatly repaired at some folds), red and yellow cloth over bevelled boards with the regimental coat of arms on the upper cover, all edges gilt, the cloth has been restored and the map pocket in the back cover has been remade

Mendelssohn I:372, 'This work has been compiled from the diaries of the authors, assisted by other officers of the regiment, and recounts its operations during the war in South Africa. Instructions to start mobilising were received as early as September 8, 1899, and three days later definite orders were sent to prepare for immediate departure to the Cape. The troops were entrained at Muttra, on September 20th, the force consisting of 16 officers and 475 rank and file, with 518 horses, and they arrived at Bombay on the 23rd. The next day they embarked for Cape Town via Durban and near this port they met with a violent storm, in consequence of which many of the horses were lost; however, they reached their destination safely and were immediately sent up country to join Lord Metheun's army at the Modder River. They were present at the battle of Magersfontein, the relief of Kimberley, the surrender of Cronje, the entry into Johannesburg, and other interesting and exciting episodes of the war. After two years and a half active service in South Africa, the regiment returned to Bombay, arriving there on April 5, 1902. The volume contains a large and useful route map with a number of interesting illustrations'.