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-NATIONAL DIPLOMA IN DAIRYING.

TWO NEW V.C.'S.

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TWO NEW V.C.'S. DECORATIONS FOR BOERS IN SOMALILAND. It is announced in the "London Gazette" that the King has conferred the Victoria Cross upon Captain W. G. Walker (Indian Army), of the Bikanir Camel Corps, and Captain G. M. Rolland (Indian Army), of the Berbera Bohotle Flying. Column, for conspicuous bravery in Somaliland. During the return of Major Gough's column to Danop on April 22 last, after the action at Daratoleh, the rear-guard got considerably in rear of the column, owing to the thick bush, and to having to hold their ground while wounded men were being placed on camels. At this time Captain Bruce was shot through the body from a distance of about twenty yards, and fell on the- path unable to move. Captains Walker and Rolland, two men of the 2nd Battalion King's African TWIes, one Sikh and one Somali of the Camel Corps were with him when he fell. In the meantime the column being unaware of what, had happened, were getting further away. Captain Rolland then ran back some 500 yards- and returned with assistance to bring off Captain Bruce, while Captain Walker and the men remained with that officer, endeavouring to keep off the enemy, who were all round in the thick bush. This they succeeded in doing, though not before Captain Bruce was hit a second time, and the Sikh wounded. But for the gallant conduct displayed by these officers and men, Captain Bruce must have fallen into the hands of the- enemy. The King has appoved the grant of the medal for Distinguished Conduct in the Field to the undermentioned soldiers, in recognition of their gallant conduct in assisting Captains Walker and Rolland to save Captain Bruce from ianing into the enemy's hands:—Sergeant Nderamani,. African Rifles Corporal Surmoni, 2nd Battalion King's African Rifles; and Sowar Umar Ismail, Somali Camel Corps, 6th Battalion King's African Rifles. The services of the Sikh, Lance- Naik Maieya Singh, 24th Beluchistan Regiment, Indian Contingent, British Central Africa (who also assisted), have been brought to the notice of the Government of India. The following decorations are also an- nounced:— C.B. Captain and Brevet. Lieutenant-Colonel (local Brigadier-General) William Henry Manning, Indian Army. D.S.O. Captain Wilfred Lionel Foster, Royal Artillery; (with the Boer Contingent). AIEVET. Captain W. F. Bonham, D.S.O., the Essex Regi- ment, to be major. Dated August 8,1903. MEDALS FOR BOERS. The King has further approved of the grant of the medal for Distinguished Conduct in the Field to the undermentioned soldiers of the: Boer Contingent in recognition of their gallant conduct during the operations in Somaliland Sergeant D. F. Botes, Corporal S. J. Herbst, Trooper C. J. Dreyer.

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EXPLORATION IN LAOS.

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