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Original handwritten Second Boer War Diary with entries between Jan & Sept 1900. A very detailed diary, with a m/s map of Basutoland, the area he covered on horseback. A Photograph of ships at harbour (Cape Town?) & a South Africa Bank form with balance of £27, 19s. Bound in original blind embossed blue cloth with gilt lettering to front. Binding worn, inner hinges broken, still loosely held. Original marbled endpapers. Size small 4to, 24 x 19cm. Approx 100 pages with entries, many very full and detailed, some sparse. There is a block of approx 50 pages of detailed entries between 12th June and 19th Sept 1900.
Dealer Notes
Major Henry Lonsdale Hallewell C.M.G. (1852-1908)
Had a very distinguished military career. After Sandhurst went to India, serving in the Bengal famine relief & received the Order of the Army of India. Served in the Egypt & Sudan Campaign 1884-5 & Zululand 1888 with the Royal Scots.

This diary is written during his last command aged 48, as Major in charge of the Queenstown Rifle Volunteers, for which he was awarded the C.M.G. and mentioned in Dispatches.
The front of the diary lists the congratulatory wires sent to the officers for their bravery & lists in more detail some of the battles when they were outnumbered by the enemy, but held their position.

He begins his diary 13th Jan 1900 as he boards the R.M.S. Briton under Capt. Griffin at Southampton sailing for Cape Town to offer his services in the Boer War. Changes his second class ticket for a first class one, draws a sketch of his dining table in the saloon - sits between Mr H. Owen Scott (Illustrator for the London News) and Mr Sackville West. Takes command of The Queenstown Rifle Volunteers - Mounted. Soon face the enemy - daily sniping, heavy artillery & musketry. Many men & horses killed or wounded. Often outnumbered by the enemy, but Hallewell refused to surrender. Long marches on foot & horseback, bivouacked at farms. Action of ‘Labuschagnes Neck’
Action described around Hammonia & Omdraai, with notes written from the scene of the battles each day.
Enemy busy burning grass everywhere, heavy firing of guns & much sniping, held advanced post at night instead of returning from Ward’s Hill, wagons stuck in a drift, no supper. Met escort with 208 prisoners attempting to escape to be shot. Lost many horses including our draught oxen. ( here he draws a little sketch to show the position)
My company lost Pte. Foster & Sgt. Burkiss was killed - many more & Paxton wounded. We were summoned to surrender at night, but ambulances were allowed up. Politely declined to.....! At dawn could not see their guns & only new bodies moved down closer to us - another summons to surrender to save further bloodshed. 10 mins to think of it! Soon our advanced scouts of relieving force appeared in the telescope, Major Lane rode up - men cheered them most cordially.
Woke up by artillery & musketry fire, Enemy attacking Winberg - rode to Yeoman’s Kop, found Hill being shelled, viewed situation & took men round the hill, horse wounded, Fisher - Rowe cut off, sent for assistance - Major Bell to his relief, Sgt. Temlett & party lost touch also. Buried out dead at 3pm. G.O.C. Sent for me & mounted men. Dead horses were seen laid out by the side of the road, Telegraph wires had been cut.
The capture of Gen. Olivier and his three sons by Bruce Hamilton was very important as he had been “the moving spirit among the Boers throughout the war”

A fascinating account, worthy of further research.
Author Hallewell, Henry Lonsdale
Date 1900
Binding Blue Cloth
Publisher -
Illustrator -
Condition Very Good
Pages Approx 100 pages with entries

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