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1901 Excerpt: ...siege in Ladysmith We all go on with our daily
work exactly as if we were in camp in England, except for the
precautions to keep men and horses out of sight in the daytime. The
only difference this rather unwelcome intelligence made to us was
that the "commanding officer" spent most of Sunday afternoon
walking about Green Horse Valley devising various improvements
which could usefully be made for the comfort of officers and men,
and also making plans to meet some eventualities that might arise:
the most formidable of the latter being the sudden flooding of the
River Klip, which rises to a great height in a few hours. "D " and
" C" squadrons at present are standing well below highwater mark,
so higher positions had to be selected for them as alternative
ones. Several new shelters for the men were also planned: these
were much required, against the sun no less than against the rain.
No. 4560 Private Harry Ashlin died at Intombi camp this day, from
enteric fever. Dec. 18.--"B" and "D" squadrons working at making
shelters. A trench wide enough to hold two rows of men lying down,
feet inwards, is dug; an upright, made of a split sleeper, is put
in the centre of each end of this trench, and a wire is stretched
across from the top of one upright to the other; over this wire a
tarpaulin is laid, so that the wire forms the "ridge pole" of the
tent, and the sides of the tarpaulin are pegged down to the ground
on either side. Ample provision for drainage has to be made. A tent
of this sort holds about 25 men lying down; and from 40 to 50
sitting, when taking shelter on a wet day. The earth excavated is
thrown up on the side towards the enemy, and though the ground on
which these "tents " stand is i...
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