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THE FIGHTING ON SPION KOP.

A LETTER FROM THE FRONT.

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A LETTER FROM THE FRONT. The following letter has been received by Mr Vaughan, Peniarthuchaf, Towyn, from his son Private W N Vaughan, No 854, B Co, 1st Scots Guards—1st Division, 1st Brigade, Field Force, South Africa, dated January 1,1900 :-Dear Father, -.Just a few lines hoping that they will find you and all quite well. I do not feel very well myself just at present. I have been in hospital for a fort- night now; had a touch of dysentry. We have fought four very hard battles. The places were Belmont, Graspan, Modder River, and Magersfon- tein (6 miles N.E. of the river). We lay under a fearful fire from the Boers at Modder River for 13J hours, and at Belmont we took their position at the point of the bayonet. They don't like cold steel. and they are vary poor shots as far as I can see, We cut a party of 80 German volunteers up and killed every man except five prisoners taken. One of these was a German officer; he was wounded. One of our shells killed 30 Boers besides the wounded which got away. Another of our shells smashed a Boer quick-firing gun to atoms 12 men were at the gun, and 11 were killed outright out of the 12. Another lyddite shell of ours killed 40 Boer horses. You can hear the explosions at a distance of seven miles. We are with Lord Methuen's division. It is a weary war and I wish it was over, but not till we are conquerors. Hoping you and all have spent a merry Christmas and a happy Now Year. Please write soon. Put a bit of pencil in the letter as it is almost impossible to get a bit for love or money out here. With best love and good wishes to all.

A SHROPSHIRE MAN AT MODDER…

MILITIA FOR ACTIVE SERVICE.

I SIR FREDERICK CARRINGTON.

A FIGHTING BRITON.

LETTER FROM A BERRIEW MAN.

»— g COLONEL BADEN-POWELL,…

—■—— v.R. 5TH VOLUNTEER BATTALION…

—+ THE YORK CONTEST.

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