Boer War – Return of a Denaby Reservist

July 1900

Mexborough and Swinton Times, July 6.

Return of a Denaby Reservist.

Cpl, E.Collins, of the Cheshire Regiment, has been invalided home. He arrived at Southampton a week ago, and after a visit to the Mexborough hospital, came to his home, which is in Blythe Street.

Collins has been a victim to the enteric fever, and also dysentery. He is consequently in a weak condition. He has had a bullet through his leg, but is fast recovering from the effects. In August, he goes on Garrison duty at Aldershot.

He had brought with him several coins of the Republic, a Boer´s gold keyless hunter watch, found on the body of a dead enemy, and several other interesting articles, which include a Boer ammunition belt capable of carrying 200 rounds.

T Mee, another reservist, has been invalided home.


The War

The Cordon round De Wet.

Boers surrendering.

Press Association War Special, Trommel, Wednesday

All is quiet here, but at the time of wiring. There is every evidence of an early move.

Parties of Boers are arriving in camp daily, and surrendering.

Now that General Clements has affected a junction with General Paget, near Lindley, the main body of the enemy must feel that the cordon is tightening, although even now the presence of isolated bodies is reported from all directions.

It is reported here that Mr Steyn has removed what remains of his Government from Bethlehem to Reitz village, about 30 miles to the north-east.

News has also been received that the enemy´s laager on the Tafelberg outside Senekal has disappeared. It is probable that patrols still hold the hill.

Prisoner state that the men in the Boer commandos have little to eat. Many are detained by force