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Second Boer War Tour to South Africa 2 June 2018


A long drive today. We headed out early for a coffee stop at Vryburg, then lunch in the park at Warrenton.

Thence to Paardeberg where we were saddened to find the museum not only closed but gutted. Let us hope the once worthwhile collection has been transferred elsewhere. The Paardeberg battlefield is still there with the Modder River very muddy. We saw the hill where Gideon Green met his demise, paid our respects at the monument to the Boers who lost their lives at this significant battle, then walked to the relief map where we discussed the action. A walk along the cliffs where the firing positions are still obvious, across the river and we were at Cronje's headquarters where he surrendered to French. Our last action at the site was to visit and pay our respects at Colonel Hannay's grave.

In Kimberley as the shadows grew long, we visited the cemetery where Cymberline Huddart, the first Australian to die in the Boer War, Victor Jones, the first Australian Soldier to die in battle and John Oram a Ryalstone man are interred.

A long but satisfying day, tomorrow Magersfontein.


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