Boer War Years and Illawarra – Precursor to the Great War

The Boer War Years : 1899 – 1902 were in some ways  a precursor to the Great War : 1914 – 1918.  Many young men from the South Coast from Helensburgh to Kiama sought to enlist and fight for Mother England’s cause across the Indian Ocean in South Africa. And it was by train they travelled to and from Sydney as part of their journey – as part of the NSW Bushmen or the NSW Mounted Rifles. Federation was approaching but we were still separate States at the beginning. There were several nurses from the area too. Country men seemed to be desirable because of their experience in riding and shooting – 20.1.1900 Evening News. The searchable  AWM Boer War Nominal Roll and Australian Light Horse Research Centre  are good places to start for researching your relatives in the Boer War. Michael Organ has prepared a list of those who served in the Boer War – see also his link  to the Illawarra Historical Society meeting in 2000 where Peter Poulton spoke on the Boer War and Australia. Tere is some information at the Illawarra Remembers web site

The South Coast Railway was less than 15 years old at the start of involvement by Australians in the Boer War. And it had been the means by which the Defence Forces travelled to and from Sydney for training, and for those returning home after being rejected for the Bushmen’s Contingent.

Free Rail Passes were given to Defence Forces members in uniform, and bearing arms, to view the departure of the volunteers in the NSW Bushmen’s Contingent for South Africa in Sydney on 28.2.1900 (Illawarra Mercury).

Farewells at the Railway Station : 9.3.1901 – South Coast Times & Wollongong Argus

“No less than a dozen volunteers for South Africa departed by the evening   train on Tuesday. There was a crowd at the platform, and much tearful part ing. In fact, the scene was a melting’ one. Two small boys who got to the front as the train was approaching, fell off on to the line, and were jnst hauled back iu time to save their giving the coroner a job. The band played the departing volunteers right off.”

Several of the happy welcome home stories :  (19.1.1901 South Coast Times & Wollongong Argus) :

“At Berry on Saturday a large number of residents, including the local Lancers, aldermen, and ministers of religion, met at the Berry railway station to welcome home Lieutenant Blow and Troopers H. Mofiit, Watson, and. J. Rankin from     South Africa. Tlhe soldiers were cheered as they alighted from the train. They   were welcomed 0n behalf of the people by   the Mayor (Alderman Ison), and on behalf of the military by Captain Hay. Several buildings of the town had flags flying. The returned soldiers were entertained at dinner at the GreatSouthern Hotel.”

RETURN OF CORPORAL WOODS. (South Coast Times & Wollongong Argus – 19.12.1901)

Corporal Arthur Woods returned per the evening train to Wollongong, on , Saturday, after an absence of two years or so at Aldershot, and in South Africa.The Fire Brigade were in full force at the station to receive their old comrade, and there was also a large gathering of   the public who enthusiastically cheered the soldier who came back. Alderman  Beatson, in the absence of the Mayor,  welcomed Corporal Woods, who was    then borne on the shoulders of old friends through a crowded platform to the fire engine, on which he was duly mounted. Lieut. O’Brien, South African Light Horse, was called up and seated beside him, and the brigade followed by a large crowd, made a triumphal march of Crown-St. At the Royal Hotel, Corporal Woods, at the call of Captain Parsons, of the brigade, spoke a few words in acknowledegment of the warmth of his reception. After this he was driven to his parents’ home, where Mr. Arch Campbell, M L. A., and others, further welcomed him in the name of Wollongong.

DAPTO, – 21.9.1901 – South Coast Times & Wollongong Argus

The home-coming of Private Bert. Abbott, of the Imperial Bnshmen, on Tuesday evening, when he arrived to gether with the Gillard Bros, of A Battery, evoked what was proportionately speaking an immense demonstration.

The town had decked itself with arches   of bunting, Chinese lanterns, andgreenery, and the station premises were thronged when the train arrived. Mr. W. Marks, president of the Rifle Club, met the returning soldiers and welcomedthem. They were then carried to a drag which’ awaited and driven round. Then they were taken to the Rifle Clnb Hall, where some good things had beenprovided. There was a great throng of people, many of whom had come severalmiles. The Enterprise Band discoursed excellent and suitable music. In the hall, the chair was taken by Mr. C. Peterson, who welcomed the lads in   khaki. Col. Chisholm, Mr. W. S. Thompson, aud Mr. J. Donald (Rifle Club secretary), also spoke, the latter intimating that the club had something else in view for Private Abbott. Mr. T. Gillard acknowledged ou behalf of his sons the warmth of the welcome. The Gillards say that the welcome far sur passed that of the A Battery in Sydney’, and a staff officer who was present, pronounced it the best thing ofthe kind he had seen anywhere. Indeed, some of our citizens were quite overcome by enthusiasm.

Two young men, Trooper  C S Atchison and Private Frank Andrews, would not make the return journey on the South Coast Railway. They were the first Illawarra men to die in a military conflict, and was one of over 600 who died in the Boer War years – AWM and DVA. The number of men who died of disease and illness in the Boer War was approximately the same as those who were killed in action or died of war wounds.

There were actually some Boer sympathisers in the Australian colonies, some of whom served in the Boer side during the war. One Boer sympathiser was dunked in a water trough in Nowra – 27.1.1900 – South Coast Times & Wollongong Argus, and at Bulli, a young man rejected for the Bushmen’s Contingent had an altercation with a pro-Boer supporter- 17.2.1900 – South Coast Times & Wollongong Argus.

Who were the young men from the South Coast ? Here are some of the stories from the Illawarra newspapers of the day.

Helensburgh

  • Nixon departs for South Africa – 23.3.1901 – South Coast Times & Wollongong Argus

Clifton

  • James Kirkwood enlisted – 31.3.1900 – South Coast Times & Wollongong Argus

Austinmer

  • Former resident Private G Rowe killed in South Africa – 26.5.1900 – South Coast Times & Wollongong Argus

Thirroul

  • George Hicks writes from South Africa – 16.6.1900 – South Coast Times & Wollongong Argus – returns home – 20.7.190127.7.1901, 1.8.1901 – Illawarra Mercury – South Coast Times & Wollongong Argus

Bulli – Woonona

  • Presgrave volunteers – 10.3.1900 – South Coast Times & Wollongong Argus.
  • W Galloway enlists for South Africa – 2.2.1910 – South Coast Times & Wollongong Advertiser
  • Alf Graham enlists – 27.1.1900 – Illawarra Mercury – mentioned in Trooper Charles Bode’s letter – 1.6.1901 – South Coast Times & Wollongong Argus – returns home – 20.7.1901 , 25.7.1901 , 27.7.1901, 1.8.1901 – South Coast Times & Wollongong Argus – Illawarra Mercury
  • J Orvad  enlists for South Africa – 2.2.1910 – South Coast Times & Wollongong Advertiser – return – 1.2.1902 – South Coast Times & Wollongong Argus
  • Gilbert Ramsay writes from Kimberley South Africa – 5.5.1900 – South Coast Times & Wollongong Argus – returns invalided – 10.11.1900, 22.11.1900  – South Coast Times & Wollongong Advertiser – Illawarra Mercury – returns to South Africa – 24.8.1901, 7.9.1901 – South Coast Times & Wollongong Argus
  • Sergeant Watson welcomed home – 11.5.1901, 13.7.1901 , 24.8.1901  – South Coast Times & Wollongong Argus
  • 6 unnamed men volunteer to go to South Africa – 16.2.1901 – South Coast Times & Wollongong Argus

Bellambi

  • Major Percy T Owen writes from Kimberley South Africa – 12.5.1900 – South Coast Times & Wollongong Argus – invalided and returning to Australia – 23.6.1900 – South Coast Times & Wollongong Argus – returns home to Bellambi – 22.9.1900

Corrimal

  • Thomas Bertam leaving for South Africa – 23.11.1901 – South Coast Times & Wollongong Angus
  • Private H Greer home for a visit before leaving for South Africa – 23.2.1901 – South Coast Times & Wollongong Argus
  • Private D Wight writes from Fort Tuli – 1.6.1901 – South Coast Times & Wollongong Argus

ParaMeadows – Balgownie

  • Private Sid Bird to be invalided home from South Africa – 30.6.1900, 21.7.1900, 4.8.1900 – South Coast Times & Wollongong Argus – welcomed home – 11.8.1900 – South Coast Times & Wollongong Argus

Keiraville – Mt Ousley

  • F A Horning is in South Africa – 10.5.1902 – South Coast Times & Wollongong Argus
  • G Lewis leaving for South Africa – 25.1.1902 – South Coast Times & Wollongong Argus

Wollongong

  • Private Frank Andrews killed in Ottoshoop South Africa – 8.9.1900, 8.9.1900, 8.9.1900 – Illawarra Mercury – South Coast Times & Wollongong Argus – burial –  13.10.1900 – South Coast Times & Wollongong Argus – War Memorial proposed – 20.10.1900, 27.10.1990, 3.11.1990  – South Coast Times & Wollongong Argus – In Memoriam – 31.8.1901 – South Coast Times & Wollongong Argus – Memorial to be unveiled – 31.5.1902, 7.6.1902, 7.6.1902  – Illawarra Mercury, South Coast Times & Wollongong Argus – see information by Michael Organ
  • Trooper Charlie Budgen writes to his sister from South Africa – 15.3.1902 – South Coast Times & Wollongong Argus Bugden – mentioned in Lieutenant Stewart’s welcome home – 21.6.1902 – South Coast Times & Wollongong Argus
  • Trumpeter Charles Bode accepted for the Imperial Bushmen’s Contingent – 7.4.1900 , 28.4.1900 – Illawarra Mercury – South Coast Times & Wollongong Argus – writes from Albany on route to South Africa & mentions Ross Wilmott as part of the Contingent – 12.5.1900 – South Coast Times & Wollongong Argus – writes from Beira, Klockemoer Mafeking, Oentersdorp, South Africa  – 14.8.1900, 13.10.1900, 13.4.1901, 13.4.1901 , 20.4.1901, 4.5.1901, 1.6.1901 – Illawarra Mercury – South Coast Times & Wollongong Argus – severely injured 1.9.1900 , 1.9.190013.10.1900 – South Coast Times & Wollongong Argus – due home – 20.7.1901 – South Coast Times & Wollongong Argus – returns home – 27.7.1901 , 10.8.1901 – South Coast Times & Wollongong Argus
  • R J D’Arcy enlisted – 10.2.1900, 10.2.1900 – South Coast Times & Wollongong Argus – also Illawarra Mercury – returns to Australia – 11.1.1902 – South Coast Times & Wollongong Argus
  • Trooper Franklin returns – 12.1.1901 – South Coast Times & Wollongong Argus
  • Trooper Healley formerly of Wollongong returned  & met at the Railway Station – 22.12.1900, 22.12.1900 – South Coast Times & Wollongong Argus – then re-enlists as Lance Corporal – 16.2.1901 – South Coast Times & Wollongong Argus
  • Lieutenant Keith McKenzie serving in South Africa – 1.9.1900 – South Coast Times & Wollongong Argus
  • Trooper Mann on return from South Africa – 22.12.1990 – South Coast Times & Wollongong Argus – welcome home for Arthur Woods – 19.1.1901 – South Coast Times & Wollongong Argus
  • Private E McKinley mentioned in Charles Bode’s letter – 1.6.1901 – South Coast Times & Wollongong Argus returned and working in Sydney – 28.12.1901 – South Coast Times & Wollongong Argus
  • Lance Corporal Thomas Meredith ill with Enteric Fever in South Africa – 14.12.1901 – South Coast Times & Wollongong Argus – return home expected – 2.4.1902 – Illawarra Mercury – at Lieutenant Stewart’s welcome home – 21.6.1902 – South Coast Times & Wollongong Argus
  • Lieutenant John O’Brien returns from South Africa – 29.12.1900 – South Coast Times & Wollongong Argus – mentioned in Despatches for Bravery – 13.4.1901 – South Coast Times & Wollongong Argus
  • W J R Will Richardson – accepted for the 2nd Bushmen’s Contingent & farewelled  – 24.3.1900 , 19.4.1900, 21.4.1900, 21.4.1900, 21.4.1900, 28.4.1900 – South Coast Times & Wollongong Argus – Illawarra Mercury – Kiama Independent & Shoalhaven Advertiser – writes from South Africa including Mafeking, Klerksdorp – 11.8.1900, 20.10.199020.10.1900, 5.10.1901  – South Coast Times & Wollongong Argus – Illawarra Mercury – mentioned in Trumpeter Charles Bode’s letter – 1.6.1901 – South Coast Times & Wollongong Argus – has stayed in South Africa – 27.7.1901, 1.8.1901, 3.8.1901 – South Coast Times & Wollongong Argus – Illawarra Mercury – welcomed home – 8.3.1902 – South Coast Times & Wollongong Argus
  • Hector Robertson enlists – 8.3.1902 – South Coast Times & Wollongong Argus
  • Ernest Salisbury enlisted – 15.2.1900 – Illawarra Mercury
  • Trooper Smith writes to his sister – 12.1.1900 – South Coast Times & Wollongong Argus
  • D J Stewart farewell – 6.1.1900, 20.1.1900 – South Coast Times & Wollongong Argus – writes from Bloemfontein, Skeersport  South Africa – 17.5.1900 , 4.8.1900, 10.11.1900  – Illawarra Mercury – South Coast Times Wollongong Argus – plays rugby football in a NSW side against a South African side – 13.10.1900 – South Coast Times & Wollongong Argus – Lieutenant Stewart welcomed home – 21.6.1902 – South Coast Times & Wollongong Argus – mentions Meredith & Bugdenbu
  • Trooper J Wallace ill in South Africa – 4.8.1900 – South Coast Times & Wollongong Argus –  plays rugby football in a NSW side against a South African side – 13.10.1900 – South Coast Times & Wollongong Argus – returns to South Africa – 24.8.1901, 7.9.1901 – South Coast Times & Wollongong Argus
  • Trumpeter Ross Wilmot(t) writes to family of Charles Bode of his being injured –  13.10.1900 – South Coast Times & Wollongong Argus – return to Australia & welcomed at Railway Station- 12.1.1901, 24.1.1901 – South Coast Times & Wollongong Argus – Illawarra Mercury
  • Corporal Arthur Woods  in the NSW Lancers in South Africa and a brother in Canada has volunteered – 8.2.1900 – Kiama Independent & Shoalhaven Advertiser – Queen’s chocolate box – 21.7.1900 – South Coast Times & Wollongong Argus – returns home 8.1.1901, 19.1.1901 – Illawarra Mercury – South Coast Times & Wollongong Argus – promoted to 2nd Lieutenant – 13.4.1901 – South Coast Times & Wollongong Argus
  • Nurse Woodward returned from South Africa is selected as Matron for Wollongong Hospital – 19.4.1902 – South Coast Times & Wollongong Argus
  • 8 or 9 unnamed Wollongong-ites pass the Doctor’s examination in connection with the next Contingent  for South Africa – 26.1.1901 – South Coast Times & Wollongong Argus

Kembla – Unanderra

  • A H Bert Brown has departed in the No.1 Bushmen’s Contingent – 24.3.1900 – South Coast Times & Wollongong Argus – visits –  23.2.1901 – South Coast Times & Wollongong Argus
  • Frank Brownlee enlists but unsuccessful – 27.1.190010.2.1900,  – South Coast Times & Wollongng Argus
  • A Herbert Fackender enlists – 17.2.1900, 17.2.1900, 24.2.1900  – South Coast Times & Wollongong Argus- Illawarra Mercury – writes from Natal – 22.12.1900 – South Coast Times & Wollongong Argus – returns with Trooper E Lindsay – 8.1.1901 – South Coast Times & Wollongong Argus
  • Sergeant Liggins is serving in South Africa – 27.4.1901 – South Coast Times & Wollongong Argus
  • Edward Smith enlists – 3.3.1900 – South Coast Times & Wollongong Argus
  • George James & W Vaughn try to enlist but find it difficult without a letter from an MP or influential person  – 6.1.1900, 3.2.1900  – South Coast Times & Wollongong Argus
  • Harry Waples enlists but unsuccessful –  27.1.190010.2.1900 – South Coast Times & Wollongng Argus
  • Andy Wilson leaving for South Africa – 2.3.1901 – South Coast Times & Wollongong Argus – writes from Zeerust, Klerkesdorp South Africa – 14.9.1901, 12.10.1901 – South Coast Times & Wollongong Argus – return home – 17.5.1902,  31.5.1902, 7.6.1902 , 21.6.1902, 5.07.1902 – South Coast Times & Wollongong Argus

Dapto

  • A. B. Bert Abbott accepted for the Imperial Bushmen’s Contingent – 21.4.1900, 28.4.1900 – Illawarra Mercury, South Coast Times & Wollongong Argus – writes from Vendersdorp, South Africa – 23.2.1901 , 18.5.1901 – South Coast Times & Wollongong Argus – too ill to return home from South Africa as anticipated – 20.7.1901 – South Coast Times & Wollongong Argus – no news of progress – 27.7.1901 – South Coast Times & Wollongong Argus – finally improving – 17.8.1901 – South Coast Times & Wollongong Argus – return home – 14.9.1901 – South Coast Times & Wollongong Argus
  • J Anderson return – 8.2.1902, 24.5.1902, 31.5.1902  – South Coast Times & Wollongong Argus
  • Daniel Boyd in Bloemfontein South Africa – 5.7.1902  South Coast Times & Wollongong Argus
  • T Gillard writes from South Africa – 30.6.1900 – South Coast Times & Wollongong Argus – welcomed home with his brother  21.9.1901 – South Coast Times & Wollongong Argus – did one Gillard brother go back to South Africa and then return home (?) – 24.5.1902 – South Coast Times & Wollongong Argus
  • Trooper Goodsell returned home & met at the Railway Station – 22.12.1900, 22.12.1900  – South Coast Times & Wollongong Argus – did he return to South Africa and then return home again (?) – 24.5.1902 – South Coast Times & Wollongong Argus
  • Private J R Johnson returned home – 12.4.1902 – South Coast Times & Wollongong Argus – also some unnamed have applied to go to South Africa
  • Billy Malone fighting in South Africa – 28.4.1900 – South Coast Times & Wollongong Argus
  • Trooper OBrien departs for South Africa – 17.5.1902 – South Coast Times & Wollongong Argus
  • Trooper A Reeve(s) return home – 8.2.1902 – South Coast Times & Wollongong Argus  – back to South Africa – 17.5.1902 – South Coast Times & Wollongong Argus
  • W. Simpson killed in South Africa – 8.2.1902 – South Coast Times & Wollongong Argus
  • Corporal D L Smith return home – 8.2.1902 – South Coast Times & Wollongong Argus – back to South Africa – 17.5.1902 – South Coast Times & Wollongong Argus
  • 2 Taylor brothers return home from South Africa – 24.5.1902 – South Coast Times & Wollongong Argus
  • At least 12 unnamed volunteers depart from the station – 9.3.1901 – South Coast Times & Wollongong Argus.

Albion Park

  • Alick Manson farewelled on departure with the Imperial Bushmen’s Contingent – 21.4.1900, 21.4.1900, 21.4.1900 – South Coast Times & Wollongong Argus – Kiama Independent & Shoalhaven Advertiser – writes from Beira, Zeerust – 21.7.1900, 29.9.1900 – South Coast Times & Wollongong Argus

Shellharbour

  • Private C Atchison Shellharbour – the first Illawarra man to be killed in the Boer War in South Africa – a memorial erected – 2.6.1900 – South Coast Times & Wollongong Argus – memorial damaged in 2014 – 24.1.2014 – Illawarra Mercury – Shellharbour Council information – Shellharbour History Blog post

Kiama

  • Trooper Black invalided home from South Africa visits relatives in Kiama – 7.7.1900 – South Coast Times & Wollongong Argus
  • Private George Grey writes from the Front – 24.3.1900, 22.9.1900  – South Coast Times & Wollongong Argus
  • Private R Halliwell returns from South Africa – 29.9.1900 – South Coast Times & Wollongong Argus
  • Lieutenant Handley left with the Imperial Bushmen’s Contingent – 28.4.1900 – South Coast Times & Wollongong Argus
  • Private E McClelland returns from South Africa – 29.9.1900 – South Coast Times & Wollongong Argus
  • Lieutenant Colonel Symonds to serve as  a veterinary surgeon with the Imperial Bushmen’s Contingent – 27.2.1900 – Illawarra Mercury
  • Captain Waldron left with the Imperial Bushmen’s Contingent – 28.4.1900 – South Coast Times & Wollongong Argus

Gerringong

  • Sergeant J S Dooley, one of the Berry Lancers wrote to his father – 24.3.1900 – South Coast Times & Wollongong Argus
  • Lance Corporal J J Wilson returns home from South Africa – 22.9.1900 – South Coast Times & Wollongong Advertiser

Berry

  • Quarter Master Sergeant Ernest Alf  Blow of Berry Lancers writes from Bloemfontein – 8.9.1900 – South Coast Times & Wollongong Argus – invalided to England – 17.11.1900 – South Coast Times & Wollongong Argus – promoted to 2nd Lieutenant – 12.1.1901 – South Coast Times & Wollongong Argus – welcomed home at the Railway Station – 19.1.1901 – South Coast Times & Wollongong Argus – Captain E A Blow returns to South Africa – 24.5.1902 – South Coast Times & Wollongong Argus
  • Trooper James Clarke writes from Bloemfontein South Africa – 5.5.1900 – South Coast Times & Wollongong Argus – welcomed home – 22.12.1900 – South Coast Times & Wollongong Argus
  • Trooper T Knight of Berry Lancers returns home invalided from South Africa – 18.8.1900 – South Coast Times & Wollongong Argus
  • Sergeant Peter McDonald of Berry is one of the missing Lancers in South Africa – 27.1.1900 – South Coast Times & Wollongong Argus – also mentions purchasing of “remounts” for South Africa
  • Nurse McLay to leave for South Africa – 6.4.1901 – South Coast Times & Wollongong Argus – appointed Sub Matron Imperial Refugee Hospital Middleburg – 3.8.1901 – South Coast Times & Wollongong Argus
  • Trooper H Moffit welcomed home at the Railway Station – 19.1.1901 – South Coast Times & Wollongong Argus
  • Trooper Rankin of Berry Lancers writes from Bloemfontein – 26.5.1900 – South Coast Times & Wollongong Argus – welcomed home at the Railway Station – 19.1.1901 – South Coast Times & Wollongong Argus – activity on return – 11.1.1902 – South Coast Times & Wollongong Argus
  • Trooper Sproule of Berry Lancers recovering from Typhoid in South Africa – 14.4.1900 – South Coast Times & Wollongong Argus – writes from South Africa – 19.10.1901 – South Coast Times & Wollongong Argus
  • Staff Sergeant Stanley of the Berry Lancers leaving for South Africa – 6.1.1900 – South Coast Times and Wollongong Argus – also mentions 8 unnamed men from Kangaroo Valley enlisting plus purchase of “remounts” for South Africa
  • Edward Stewart departs for South Africa – 16.3.1901 – South Coast Times & Wollongong Argus – writes from Cape Town South Africa – 31.5.1902 – South Coast Times & Wollongong Argus
  • Trooper Watson welcomed home at the Railway Station – 19.1.1901 – South Coast Times & Wollongong Argus
  • Lance Corporal Wilson formerly of Berry invalided from South Africa – 13.10.1990 – South Coast Times & Wollongong Argus

Letters from the Front

  • Sergeant J S Dooley, one of the Berry Lancers wrote to his father – 24.3.1900 – South Coast Times & Wollongong Argus
  • Grey wrote letters to his mother from the Front – 24.3.1900 – South Coast Times & Wollongong Argus
  • Unknown – 24.3.1900 – South Coast Times & Wollongong Advertiser
  • Trooper Stanley Akers writes – 31.3.1900 – South Coast Times & Wollongong Advertiser
  • Trooper Gilbert Ramsay writes from Kimberley South Africa – 5.5.1900 – South Coast Times & Wollongong Argus
  • Trooper Clarke writes from Bloemfontein South Africa – 5.5.1900 – South Coast Times & Wollongong Argus
  • Major Percy T Owen writes from Kimberley South Africa – 12.5.1900 – South Coast Times & Wollongong Argus
  • Charles Bode – writes from Albany on route to South Africa & mentions Ross Wilmott as part of the Contingent – 12.5.1900 – South Coast Times & Wollongong Argus
  • D J Stewart writes from Bloemfontein South Africa – 17.5.1900 – Illawarra Mercury
  • Trooper Rankin of Berry Lancers writes from Bloemfontein – 26.5.1900 – South Coast Times & Wollongong Argus
  • George Hicks writes from South Africa – 16.6.1900 – South Coast Times & Wollongong Argus
  • D J Stewart writes from South Africa – 4.8.1900 – South Coast Times Wollongong Argus
  • W J R Richardson writes from South Africa – 11.8.1900 – South Coast Times & Wollongong Argus
  • Trumpeter Charles Bode writes from Beira – 14.8.1900 – Illawarra Mercury
  • Quarter Master Sergeant Blow writes from Bloemfontein – 8.9.1900 – South Coast Times & Wollongong Argus
  • Private George Grey writes 22.9.1900  – South Coast Times & Wollongong Argus
  • Trumpeter Bode writes from Mafeking 13.10.1900 – South Coast Times & Wollongong Argus
  • Ross Wilmott writes to family of Charles Bode of his being injured –  13.10.1900 – South Coast Times & Wollongong Argus
  • Reverend J Reynolds writes from South Africa to Mrs Andrews of the burial of her son Frank Andrews –   13.10.1900 – South Coast Times & Wollongong Argus
  • W J R Richardson writes from Mafeking – 20.10.1990, 20.10.1900  – Illawarra Mercury – South Coast Times & Wollongong Argus
  • Private Thorburn writes from Machadodorp South Africa to his sister at the Wollongong Wesleyan Parsonage – 1.12.1900, 15.12.1990  – South Coast Times & Wollongong Argus
  • Private Fackender writes from Natal – 22.12.1900 – South Coast Times & Wollongong Argus
  • Trooper Smith writes to his sister – 12.1.1900 – South Coast Times & Wollongong Argus
  • Nurse Garden writes from South Africa to her brother, principal of Berry Public School – 26.1.1901 – South Coast Times & Wollongong Advertiser
  • Trumpeter Charles Bode writes from South Africa – 13.4.1901, 13.4.1901 – South Coast Times & Wollongong Argus
  • Trumpeter Charles Bode writes from South Africa – 20.4.1901 – South Coast Times & Wollongong Argus
  • Trumpeter Charles Bode writes from Klockemoer South Africa – 4.5.1901 – South Coast Times & Wollongong Argus B Bert Abbott writes from South Africa –  18.5.1901 – South Coast Times & Wollongong Argus
  • Private D Wight writes from Fort Tuli – 1.6.1901 – South Coast Times & Wollongong Argus
  • Trumpeter Charles Bode writes from Oentersdorp South Africa mentioning Will Richardson, Alf Graham and E McKinley- 1.6.1901 – South Coast Times & Wollongong Argus
  • Will Richardson writes – 1.8.1901, 3.8.1901 – Illawarra Mercury
  • Trooper Wilson writes from Zeerust South Africa – 14.9.1901 – South Coast Times & Wollongong Argus
  • Will Richardson writes from Klerkesdorp South Africa – 5.10.1901 – South Coast Times & Wollongong Argus
  • Trooper Sproule writes from South Africa – 19.10.1901 – South Coast Times & Wollongong Argus
  • Trooper Charlie Budgen writes to his sister from South Africa – 15.3.1902 – South Coast Times & Wollongong Argus
  • Edward Stewart  writes from Cape Town South Africa – 31.5.1902 – South Coast Times & Wollongong Argus

Stories received from the Front by Mr R Baxter in the South Coast Times & Wollongong Argus


 

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