Mafeking & the Second Boer War

I lived in Mafeking as a boy from 1947-59. Knew people who had lived through the Siege, eg the Goodyears who ran the museum. Their brother cycled through shot & shell as one of Baden-Powell's messengers, then was killed by a cricket ball! In 1952, I was blown up by a 7lb shell encased in lead being melted by my brother & a friend for catapult slugs. They were killed. I was lucky. Still carry shrapnel, tho', & can still taste cordite. Last casualty of Boer War ordnance ?
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I first fell in love with the Martini Henry from Watching the movie Zulu.  Great Movie and a great weapon!

Martini-Henry rifle, British infantry service weapon of Victorian era. My Great Grandfather's weapon during Boer War.

Deneys Reitz - Google Search - His was the first book I ever read about the AB War. Excellent !!!!

Deneys Reitz Wrote an excellent book about his exploits during the Boer War.

Another picture of Johannesburg taken around 1900. It could be of Market Street because to the left is the market square, believed to be the biggest of its kind anywhere in South Africa.

Another picture of Johannesburg taken around It could be of Market Street because to the left is the market square, believed to be the biggest of its kind anywhere in South Africa (With acknowledgement to Friedel Hansen)

Mafeking Siege        "2s" on 1/- green "British Bechuanaland" (13 April 1900)

Mafeking Siege on green "British Bechuanaland" April

During the Second Boer War, Kimberly found itself beseiged by the Boers, but unlike Ladysmith, which had been reinforced prior to its investment, there was a lack of any artillery larger than the small 2.5 inch mountain guns. As such, workers from De Beers began building one. The 4.1 inch gun was named "Long Cecil" after Cecil Rhodes who was present in the town through the siege. Although not enough to turn the tide against the Boers, the creation and use of the gun was a great morale…

During the Second Boer War, Kimberly found itself beseiged by the Boers, but unlike Ladysmith, which had been reinforced prior to its investment, there was a lack of any artillery larger than the.

Issuing Meat Rations. Springfontein Camp.

Stilfontein blockhouse from Anglo Boer war

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