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THE CHESHIRE MILITIA. I ARRIVAL FROM SOUTH AFRICA. I The transport Britannic arnvea at douiij- ampton on Friday from South Africa with about 1,600 officers and men, including 15 officers and 420 men of the 4th Cheshire Regiment, under the command of Colonel Beck. A large number of friends of the returning troops assembled on the quay, and as the vessel entered the dock the band on board appropriately played Home, Sweet Home." The battalion arrived at Maccles- field early on Saturday morning and was met at the station by members of the Corporation, u n- fortunately the Mayor was ill and was not able to welcome the warriors home. After detraining, the battalion marched to the Town HalL where Colonel Thorp handed over the regimental colours. After- wards the men proceeded to the barracks, where breakfast was provided by the Mayor, after which Colonel Ommanney distributed the medals and the b&ttalion disembodied. The 4th Battalion was raised in Stockport in 1853,. and was known as the 2nd Royal Cheshire Regiment of Militia. In 1881 its name was changed to the present title. On February 20th, 1900 the battalion Droceeded to South Africa, having been preceded by 60 men who sailed on February 14. The strength of the battalion was 579 men and 23 officers. On the 25th February the regiment sailed from Queenstown by the s.s. Oratava. Practically the whole of their two years in South Africa was spent in the well-known Bethulio Bridge district. Colonel Beck proved himself an energetic and resourceful officer, and was given the important appointment of Com- mandant, Bethulie Bridge." The Cheshires, when under fire, acquitted themselves with credit and distinction. In October, 1901, Colonel Beck was created a C.B., although most of the Militia colonels only received the C.M.G. At the same time Lieut. E. B. Flanagan was given the D.S.O., and Sergt.-Major J. W. Willis and Sergt.- Instructor Davies the Distinguished Conduct Medal. Many of the men have died for their country, and Lieutenant and Quartermaster Mackay and his son were among those whose loss is sorely felt.

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