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A Boer War Diary

12th August 2020.

A very interesting hand-written diary from the Boer War is coming up for sale on 4th September in the Militaria and Ethnographica Sale. The pocket diary was written by Major William Marriott between 9th October 1099 and 3rd March 1900. Over 82 pages Marriott describes manoeuvres and actions between the British and the Boers.

“Heavy firing in Ladysmith or in that direction. Experiment with *** Shells. Good results. These Shells are used for showing up enemy positions. At night Ladysmith attached form three positions, enemy defeated each place, compelled to retire.”

The entries also record a lecture from General Buller, a telegram from Lord Roberts congratulating the officers and men for their admirable conduct during the attack at Spion Kop and a complimentary message from the Queen.

A complementary message from the Queen herself, poor old lady no doubt she feels for us all.”

The diary is sold alongside letters and documents relating to Major Marriott’s family, and the lot is offered with an estimate of £100-150 plus buyer’s premium.

“Not making much progress but keeping good heart. Still fighting all day and holding ridge”.

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