Black and White Budget, No. 23, Vol. II, March 17th 1900

March 17,1900 BLACK AND WHITE BUDGET 7 his comrades drove them off with their pistols, and while the corporal held two of the horses, the two officers tried to lift Grenfell’s body onto the third. The Lieutenant was cjuite dead, bleeding’ from more than a dozen wounds. As they placed the body across the saddle the horse shied and bolted, throwing’ it to the ground. The three would-be rescuers had then to retire, keeping olT the pursuing Dervishes with their revolvers.” “Raise the Standard, plant the Standard, Fling defiance at the foe, Seethe old flag’s roll of glory In the sunlight blaze and glow. Raise the Standard, plant the Standard, Couch the lance and drive the foe, Seethe old flag’s roll of glory, In the sunlight blaze, in the sunlight blaze and glow .”Rev. James Robertson, Chaplain to Scottish Forces now in South Africa The Reverend James Robertson, whose portrait we publish this week, is Chaplain to the Scottish Forces now in South Africa. He is an old campaigner, having the medal and Khedive’s star for the Egyptian campaign of 1885-86. He took part in the Gordons’ route march, and was prominent in rendering the services of his calling after the battle of Magersfontein. It is not generally known that Colonel Baden-Powell is ambidextrous. It is said to have been Ruskin who advised his mother to let him use his left hand as much as his right. This peculiarity is of great value to him when scouting, owing to the rapidity with which he can make sketches—using both hands at once. A trio who greatly distinguished themselves at the battle of the Modder was Lance-Corporal Bennett, Sergeant Casser and Private Mawhood. When the j Yorkshire Regiment were bringing in their wounded J they were suddenly and fiercely attacked by the Boers. These brave soldiers grasped the situation in a minute and were ready with a remedy. Fearlessly risking their own lives, they knelt in the open and by continuously firing on the Boers managed to draw their attention ,from the Manchesters to themselves. The work of rescue was thus able togo safely forward. We publish .this week the portrait of Private Mawhood, one of the gallant three, who also wears the medal for the last Indian Frontier War. “An Empire in Arms ”is a stirring song, composed by Mr. Walter Wyatt, Mus. B ac., and written by II. G. Haydon. It has received the honour of gracious acceptance by her Majesty the Queen and has every chance of becoming popular. It is published at 4s. by Messrs. Methven, Simpson and Co., of Edinburgh, and all profits togo the Widows and Orphans’ Fund. Here is the chorus which is set to a swinging march :The story of how the late Captain Montmorency won his“ penn’orth of bronze” is worth telling again. It cannot be better told than in the vigorous words of Mr. A. Hilliard Atteridge in his Wars of the Nineties:— “Several lances broke in the charge, and some of the swords failed at a critical moment. Lieutenant Wormald’s sword bent ashe struck at an Emir with whom he was engaged in single fight but he stunned him with a blow of the crooked blade. Captain Fair’s sword snapped on the linked coat-of-mail of another of the enemy’s leaders, and he dashed the hilt into the face of the Dervish. Altogether, in less than two minutes, twenty-two of the Lancers were killed and more than fifty severely wounded. O f the horses, 119 were killed, many of them just struggling out of the hollow and falling dead as the regiment rallied close to the enemy. It was during this rally that some of the bravest deeds were done, individual officers riding back to bring off wounded or dismounted comrades. Major Wyndham had lost his horse, and was trying to mount behind Lieutenant Smith, who had turned back to help him. He had failed in two attempts when he was uplifted by Captain Kenna, who came riding back, accompanied by Lieutenant de Montmorency and Corporal Swarbrick, all bent 011 saving young Grenfell if he still lived, and, if not, carrying oft' his body. Grenfell was lying on the nearer slope of the hollow, and a number of Dervishes were hacking at him with their swords. Kenna and Private Maivhood, of the King's Own Yorkshire Light Infantry. (See “Notes o’ War”)
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